U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

By Emma Farge

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims

  • Summary
  • Narrow defeat seen as blow to West, U.N. credibility
  • First attempt to put China’s rights record on agenda
  • Muslim countries including Pakistan reject the motion
  • China lobbied hard against debate on sidelines

GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The U.N. rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human rights abuses by China against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang in a victory for Beijing as it seeks to avoid further scrutiny.

Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Christopher Cushing

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  1. Reminds me. In the 1980s (sorry, cannot recall exact year) a UN Human Rights Subcommittee recommended that the Main UN Human Rights session should vote on the Pakistani Government’s Human Rights violations of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan. When it was supposed to come to the vote (in the same location as this China resolution was to be debated) it was the United States of America who sabotaged the vote. At the time the American Government needed Pakistan’s support in their own human rights violation of the Afghans and they did not want the Pakistan Government to be embarrassed. When other nations, including the ones who sponsored the vote in the first place, saw the American action they all refrained from pushing it.

    Politics before Human Rights, always…

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