Chinese envoy asks OHCHR to investigate US human rights abuses

Dai Bing (front), deputy permanent representative of China to the United Nations, speaks during the opening of the main session of the Fifth Committee of the 77th United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on October 3, 2022. Photo: Xinhua

The Chinese envoy on Thursday called on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to investigate and hold to account US human rights abuses, and stressed that the US and some Other countries should address their poor record on their own human rights issues, according to China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN).

Dai Bing, China’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the remarks during the interactive dialogue with Under-Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris during the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. United which was held on Thursday.

Dai stressed that the United States and a few other countries should confront and address their own human rights issues, including the genocide of Native Americans, systematic racial discrimination and police brutality against ethnic minorities, and measures unilateral coercion against developing countries.

Dai refuted the US, EU, Japan and a few other countries that used human rights as an excuse to smear China. “These countries, with their hypocrisy and double standards, are in fact the biggest saboteurs of international human rights cooperation,” Dai said.

The so-called assessment on the Xinjiang region in northwest China produced by OHCHR does not have the force of law, does not have the consent of the country concerned and has no facts to support its claims, Dai pointed out. “It is completely illegal and invalid.”

The assessment is markedly different from the previous High Commissioner’s statement after her visit to China, and it was hastily released only 15 minutes before the High Commissioner left the office, so the assessment is a perverse product of the coercive diplomacy of the United States and some other Western countries, Dai noted.

On October 6, the 51st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) rejected a US-led draft decision on China’s Xinjiang region. This is a victory for facts and truth, and a victory for all developing countries, Dai said.

“Facts have proven time and time again that the politicization of human rights and the practice of double standards are deeply unpopular and attempts to use Xinjiang-related issues to ground or contain China will only lead nowhere,” a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Oct. 7. HRC vote against draft decision on China’s Xinjiang region.

As an international financial hub, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is showing great vitality with the implementation of One Country, Two Systems. In Xizang Autonomous Region in southwest China, China has made progress in human rights in all areas. The world has already seen through the lies about US-made Xinjiang and Chinese Xizang, and US attempts to destabilize China are doomed to failure, Dai said.

Promoting and protecting human rights through solidarity and cooperation is the shared responsibility of the international community. It is the people of a country who have the greatest say in the quality of human rights. China does not accept condescending sermons on human rights and opposes politicization and double standards in human rights, Dai said.

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