London’s China Bashers Launch New ‘Exposé’ on Xinjiang as UN Human Rights Commissioner Begins Visit
May 25, 2022 (EIRNS)—Just as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had arrived in China on May 22 for a six-day visit, which will include trips to Kashgar and Urumqi in Xinjiang, British asset Adrian Zenz, author of the lie that “1 million Uighurs” are locked up in Xinjiang, unleashed a wild slander campaign against China which has now gone viral. It is based on the release of hacked Chinese police photographs and documents, purporting to show repression of 20,000 detained Uighurs arrested between 2000 and 2018 in Xinjiang.
Nota bene: the documents, said to be extracted from the Chinese public security bureau by anonymous hackers, were sent to Zenz—and only Zenz—who then immediately shared them with the media, and had them published by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for which he works. Zenz boasted that “it’s the first time we have police evidence that is unfiltered. It comes from hacking, so censorship is virtually impossible,” AFP reported him as saying. On the same day the files were published, Zenz also published an “academic” paper explaining that large number of Uighurs were detained due to Chinese political paranoia that promoted “exaggerated threat perceptions” of terrorism.
As of today, international media, with the British media in the lead, are publishing this “exposé” with blaring, hysterical headlines. Obviously, this is intended to sabotage Mrs. Bachelet’s visit, but the broader significance of the attack cannot be underestimated. It occurs at a moment of extraordinarily dangerous strategic crisis in which Russia and China are the major targets of an Anglo-American establishment driven mad by the collapse of its financial system. Britain’s BBC took the cake in its coverage, publishing the documents in a dramatic format with sophisticated computer graphics to portray alleged detention centers and guards in the darkest and most ominous way possible. Sources in the U.K. tell EIR that the Brits are “going crazy” with this news. London’s Guardian lavished praise on Zenz as a principled “scholar and activist.”
Who is Zenz? German-born and Cambridge-educated, this born-again Christian has been ubiquitous in recent years as the leading expert witness on Uighur “genocide” in Xinjiang—he has never set foot there, but depends on the internet for his information—and works with such known British-controlled anti-China outfits as the World Uighur Congress and its Uighur Tribunal, at which he was a witness in September 2020. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, at which he is a Senior Fellow in Chinese Studies, was founded in 1993 by Zbigniew Brzezinski to “educate Americans about the ideology, history and legacy of communism.” The Foundation also published the hacked documents.
Mrs. Bachelet, twice President of Chile, is very knowledgeable about China and personally knows both President Xi Jinping and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi with whom she held cordial meetings yesterday (see separate report). Even before these latest files were released, various Anglo-American mouthpieces were already attacking her for daring to visit China. On May 20, Ned Price said the U.S. was “deeply concerned” about her trip, as it was a foregone conclusion, he asserted, that the Chinese government would not grant her necessary access to conduct a “complete, unmanipulated assessment of the human rights environment in Xinjiang.” He questioned her “silence” on Xinjiang and demanded she issue a report on it before traveling to China.
Then, yesterday, he stated that it was “a mistake to visit under the circumstances,” as it would be impossible for her to obtain a full “picture of the atrocities, the crimes against humanity and genocide in the region.” The newly released documents, he said, “add to an already damning body of evidence” of abuses there. On, May 23, the Guardian reported, the British Ambassador in Beijing Caroline Wilson tweeted that she had spoken with Bachelet by phone and stressed to her “the importance of unfettered access to Xinjiang and private conversations with its people.” Foreign Secretary Liz “Thatcher” Truss pointed yesterday to “shocking details of China’s human rights violations” against the Uighur Muslim population revealed in the hacked documents, and demanded that Bachelet be granted “unfettered access to the region so she can conduct a thorough assessment of the facts on the ground.” And, she added threateningly, “we are following her visit this week closely.”