China’s statement on harm of military intervention on human rights

Joint statement on the damage caused by military intervention on human rights at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council delivered during the interactive dialogue with the independent expert on human rights and solidarity International by Ambassador Chen Xu, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Madame President,

I have the honor to speak on behalf of a group of countries. We are gravely concerned that some countries, under the pretext of democracy, human rights and the so-called “responsibility to protect”, have carried out flagrant military interventions against sovereign States in violation of the Charter of Rights. United Nations.

These acts seriously violate universally recognized norms of international law, undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries concerned and undermine world peace and security. The military interventions as such have caused numerous casualties and forced displacement of innocent civilians, and have caused heavy losses to economic and social development in the countries concerned. They are at the root of the refugee and migrant crisis and regional turbulence.

Some countries are even complicit in the unlawful killing and torture of civilians by their soldiers during military operations abroad, which constitute serious war crimes and crimes against humanity. The perpetrators are still on the run under the shield of their governments. We call on OHCHR and the relevant special procedures to closely monitor the adverse human rights implications of unlawful military interventions.

We urge the countries concerned to immediately cease illegal military interventions and to redress the damage caused to the victimized countries and their populations. They should conduct full and impartial investigations into cases of unlawful killings and torture of civilians and other gross human rights violations committed by their military personnel abroad, holding those responsible for these crimes to account.

Thank you Madam President.

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