West weighs calling for China Uyghur abuses inquiry at UN

Battle over influence at Human Rights Council, with Beijing mobilising to defeat push for investigation

Western powers are weighing the risk of a potential defeat if they table a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council calling for an independent commission to investigate alleged human rights abuses by China in Xinjiang.

The issue is a litmus case for Chinese influence at the UN, as well as the willingness of the UN to endorse a worldview that protects individual rights from authoritarian states.

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