UN chief rejects claim he didn’t condemn China over Muslims

Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said during a visit to China in April he raised the issue publicly. (File/Reuters)
Updated 19 September 2019

UN chief rejects claim he didn’t condemn China over Muslims

  • He said he has been persistent about the issue
  • “It is absolutely not true that I’ve only done discreet diplomacy,” he said

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly rejecting claims by five human rights groups that he hasn’t condemned the Chinese government’s detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region, saying he has spoken out forcefully.
He said Wednesday: “I don’t think anyone has been more persistent and more clear in talking to the Chinese authorities in relation to this issue than myself.”
He added: “It is absolutely not true that I’ve only done discreet diplomacy.”
On the contrary, he said during a visit to China in April he raised the issue publicly.
The five rights group said in a letter to Guterres circulated Tuesday that he would make a contribution by speaking out and calling for the immediate closure of detention camps for Muslims.


Serial airport stowaway remains jailed after latest arrest

Updated 55 min 57 sec ago

Serial airport stowaway remains jailed after latest arrest

  • Marilyn Hartman was arrested Friday night and later charged with felony criminal trespass

CHICAGO: A 67-year-old woman with a history of sneaking onto flights without a ticket will remain jailed after the latest incident in which police say she tried to get past security at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Marilyn Hartman was arrested Friday night and later charged with felony criminal trespass. A judge on Sunday granted her bail but ordered that she stay in custody until a related probation hearing.
Hartman’s arrest marks the latest chapter in a story that’s played out for a decade at airports across the US, including last year when she was arrested after sneaking on a flight from O’Hare to London.
She ultimately pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and was sentenced in March to 18 months’ probation after agreeing to stay away from Chicago’s two commercial airports.