Supporters of China’s Muslim Uighurs protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul last year [File: Yasin Akgul/AFP]

A team preparing for the United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s possible visit to the tightly controlled Muslim-majority Chinese region of Xinjiang this year should be given “unfettered access”, she said on Thursday.

“We will seek to analyse in-depth the human rights situation in China, including the situation of members of the Uighur minority,” she said, addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Bachelet welcomed the invitation from China to tour the region but added: “We will continue to request unfettered access for an advance team in preparation for this proposed visit.”


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