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UN thanks China for $800K donation to support human rights work – critics slam organization as 'complete and utter joke'

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The United Nations Human Rights office posted on Twitter last week thanking China for donating $800,000 to support human rights work.

Over the weekend, baffled critics responded to the post by slamming the organization for ignoring Chinese human rights abuses. The critics also called for the United States to pull U.N. funding.

"Thank you #China for donating $800K to support our Office's #humanrights work. You can donate too: https://ohchr.org/en/donation," tweeted the U.N. Human Rights office, led by High Commissioner Volker Türk, on Thursday.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993, and it describes itself as the "leading UN entity on human rights," according to its website.

The office is responsible for "addressing the most pressing human rights violations, both acute and chronic, particularly those that put life in imminent peril."

Following the U.N.'s post on social media thanking China for its donation, enraged critics slammed the organization for turning a blind eye to human rights violations committed by the Chinese government against Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group living in Xinjiang, China.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum called the Chinese government's attacks on the Uyghur community "alarming in scale and severity" following a November 2021 report titled "'To Make Us Slowly Disappear': The Chinese Government's Assault on the Uyghurs."

The report found that the CCP is committing "multiple crimes against humanity," including "forced sterilization, sexual violence, enslavement, torture, forcible transfer, persecution, and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty."

Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio replied to the U.N.'s post, stating, "The Chinese Communist Party supporting humans rights is laughable. The @UNHumanRights should know better. Instead, they turn their eyes away from the barbaric genocide of the Uyghurs in #Xinjiang."

Human rights lawyer and CEO of the International Legal Forum Arsen Ostrovsky wrote, "The @UNHumanRights thanking #China for supporting their 'human rights work'. Another reminder the @UN is a complete and utter joke!"

Republican Representative Jim Banks of Indiana called for the United States to end U.N. funding.

"Pathetic! If the @UN wants to continue shilling for the #CCP, American tax dollars shouldn't pay for it," Banks stated.

The U.N.'s Officer of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report in August regarding the human rights concerns in Xinjiang; however, the organization's Human Rights Council rejected holding a discussion on the issue.

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