UN body rejects debate on China’s human rights record

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Uyghur protestor outside White House
 A man protests outside the White House on October 1 against alleged oppression by the Chinese government towards Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang province Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has rejected a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region after a UN report found possible crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Muslims.This content was published on October 6, 2022 – 15:33October 6, 2022 – 15:33

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The defeat (19 against, 17 for, 11 abstentions) is only the second time in the council’s 16-year history that a motion has been rejected and is seen by observers as a setback to both accountability efforts and the West’s moral authority on human rights. The United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were among the countries that called for the motion.

There was a rare burst of applause after the result was announced in the packed council room.

“This is a disaster. This is really disappointing,” said Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, whose mother died in a camp and whose two brothers are missing.

“We will never give up, but we are really disappointed by the reaction of Muslim countries,” he added. Qatar, Indonesia and Pakistan all rejected the motion.

Chinese warning

The event raised political dilemmas for many developing countries in the 47-member council who are loath to publicly defy China for fear of jeopardising Chinese investment.  

China’s ambassador had warned shortly before the vote that the motion would create a “dangerous shortcut” for examining other countries’ human rights records. “Today China is targeted. Tomorrow any other developing country will be targeted,” Chen Xu said.

The UN rights office released a long-delayed report on August 31 that found serious human rights violations had been committed in Xinjiang, in a move that has increased pressure on China.

Beijing vigorously denies any abuses and has said it is “ready for the fight” if action is taken against it.

source https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/un-body-rejects-debate-on-china-s-human-rights-record/47959376

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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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