In a joint statement delivered at the 48th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on Friday, 65 countries expressed their opposition to the politicization of human rights issues, in particular the unfounded allegations against China for political reasons.
Stressing that the allegations are based on disinformation, the joint statement, issued by Pakistan on behalf of the countries, rejected interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights.
In addition to the joint statement, six Gulf Cooperation Council member states issued a joint letter to support China, and more than 20 countries have expressed support for China in their national statements.
As Hector Constant Rosales, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations Office at Geneva, said, the last voice of international society has once again underscored the need to respect sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of countries, as well as the fundamental norms and principles which govern international relations.
OPPOSE THE POLITIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
The joint statement issued by Pakistan said that the issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet are internal affairs of China that do not tolerate any interference from outside forces, and reiterated its support for the implementation. China’s implementation of “one country, two systems” in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Commission. Region.
He called on all states to uphold multilateralism, solidarity and collaboration, and to promote and protect human rights through constructive dialogue and cooperation.
Also on Friday, Chen Xu, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva, stressed during the session that the trick of viewing human rights as a political tool should be jointly opposed and rejected by the international community.
“Turning a blind eye to their own human rights problems, some countries, for political purposes, continue to interfere in the internal affairs of others under the pretext of human rights, with the aim of imposing their rights. own values to others, ”he added. said the envoy.
He further stressed that this seriously undermines the sovereignty and independence of other countries as well as international solidarity and cooperation, and causes persistent damage to international efforts to promote and protect human rights.
Earlier this week, speaking on behalf of a group of countries at another meeting of the current human rights session, Chen stressed that a democratic and fair international order is essential to the promotion and protection of human rights.
Urging all parties to practice true multilateralism and make the international order more just and equitable, Chen stressed the importance of the UN-centered international system and the international order based on international law, and expressed its opposition to harassment, unilateralism and double standards.
The Chinese diplomat called on all nations to remain open and inclusive, to respect the diversity of civilizations and development paths independently chosen by countries, and to refrain from imposing their own system and social model on others or creating divisions and confrontations.
INTERVENTION, POWER POLICY GET NO SUPPORT
Using human rights as a political tool to serve their own interests, some Western countries have engaged in intervention and power politics, creating countless human rights disasters around the world.
The United Nations session on human rights from September 13 to October 8 comes at a time when Afghanistan is undergoing dramatic changes following the precipitous withdrawal of the United States from the war-torn country.
In a joint statement on behalf of a group of countries earlier this month, Jiang Duan, Minister of the Chinese Mission to the UN in Geneva, said that in April 2020 at least 47,000 Afghan civilians had been killed. in the war led by the United States and more than ten million Afghans were displaced.
“The United States and its allies have carried out a military intervention in Afghanistan for 20 years, which has seriously compromised the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, compromised its economic and social development and violated the human rights of the Afghan people Jiang said.
In another joint statement delivered during the session, Jiang said that although the US military has withdrawn from Afghanistan, the crimes of murder of civilians committed by US troops and its allies must be addressed. thorough investigation and the perpetrators should be held accountable.
“The drastic change in Afghanistan shows once again that military intervention and power politics are unsupported. Imposing American-style democracy on others will only lead to chaos and turmoil and is doomed to doom. ‘failure,’ he said.
HUMAN RIGHTS DISEASES IN THE WEST
The international community has also expressed deep concern about the human rights situation in some Western countries, calling on them to face and resolve their own issues.
Speaking on behalf of a group of countries on Friday, Jiang told the United Nations Council that systemic racism and racial discrimination are deeply rooted in Britain, while hate speech, xenophobia and violence y are increasingly exacerbated.
The diplomat further pointed out that Britain suffers from severe poverty, with a third of families with children under five living in poverty.
During the first week of the current United Nations human rights session, the spokesperson for the Chinese mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva issued a statement, claiming that the United States are in fact the “champion” in the world for killing Muslims.
Since 2011, the statement says that the illegal wars waged by the United States in Afghanistan, the Middle East and elsewhere have claimed more than 800,000 lives, most of them civilians, and tens of millions of people displaced.
In recent years, the statement added, the human rights situation and living conditions of Americans have deteriorated, while the US government remains indifferent and has done nothing.
“The United States is the only developed country where millions of people still suffer from hunger, and nearly a seventh of its population struggles with poverty,” the statement said.
Calling the United States a “author of human rights” and a “loser” in protecting the human rights of its own people, including health rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement urged the United States to act as a “decent power” and invest its resources in improving the welfare and human rights of its own people, rather than violating human rights people in other countries and “playing political tricks”.