China Asks UN Rights Chief to Investigate School Shootings in US

China has requested that the United Nations (UN) human rights chief examine mass shootings in the United States.

The statement was made in an editorial in the Global Times on Tuesday (May 31), a day after Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a routine briefing in Beijing that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should submit a report on issues facing the United States.

“The US system is equally incapable of dealing with these issues comprehensively or lacks the interest, drive, and willingness to do so. Powerful interest organizations and the inertia of the traditional understanding of guns in US society are behind the opposition to gun regulation,” a portion of the editorial read. 

Following the recent killings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and a school in Uvalde, Texas, China has increased its criticism of the United States’ human rights record in anticipation of UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s visit to the Asian nation.

In a separate report by Bloomberg, it said that the official Xinhua News Agency and English-language China Daily both published similar items, with the headline “Racism a poison coursing through the American body politic.”

Adrian Zenz, a senior expert in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, subsequently told Bloomberg TV that Ms. Bachelet’s visit to Xinjiang was “a mistake” since she did not criticize China. 

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