China retaliates against Canada, requesting a UN investigation into atrocities against indigenous peoples.

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On the same day that Canada assisted in the initiation of an international effort at the United Nations demanding that China provide unrestricted access to Xinjiang to examine purported human rights breaches, China and its allies have asked the UN to probe crimes against Indigenous people in Canada.

“We demand a thorough and impartial investigation into all cases involving crimes against Indigenous people, particularly children,” Jiang said, citing the preliminary discovery last month of what are believed to be unmarked burial sites of children’s remains near the former Kamloops residential school.

Jiang spoke on behalf of a group of nations that included Russia, Belarus, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to China’s moves at the United Nations on Tuesday by drawing parallels between how the two countries have dealt with historical and continuing injustices.

Trudeau stated that it is critical for Canadians and the rest of the world to pay attention to “systematic oppression and human rights breaches against the Uyghurs.” Trudeau also emphasized Canada’s united declaration at the United Nations this morning.

Leslie E. Norton, Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva issued a statement on behalf of 44 countries immediately following China’s statement, urging the Chinese government to allow independent observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, “immediate, meaningful, and unfettered access” to Xinjiang.