There is mounting pressure from the UN Council to remove a huge chunk of China’s influence as the world wakes up to the shocking human rights violations that the country has been inflicting, particularly on Uyghur Muslims.
Pressure to Reduce Chinese Influence
A global effort is in motion to diminish China’s sway within the UN Human Rights Council, showcasing sustained worldwide disapproval of China’s human rights track record.
A Crucial Moment Approaches
Elections for the renowned human rights body are scheduled via a secret ballot, presenting a crucial opportunity to curb Chinese influence.
Advocates Seek to Erode China Support
China is guaranteed a seat in the council, given its uncontested position from the region, but human rights activists are working tirelessly to erode support for China, showing the persistent international pressure.
Russia’s Bid to Return to UN
Russia’s attempt to return to the 15-member council is rich considering the allegations of countless war crimes during its current invasion of Ukraine, furthering the debate within the UN Human Rights Council.
Declining Support for China
China experienced a dip in support, securing 139 votes in 2020 compared to 180 in 2016, with this decline beginning amidst the Xinjiang controversies.
Xi Jinping’s stringent measures in the Xinjiang region, especially against the Uyghur population, have drawn significant condemnation, sparking a global debate on human rights violations.
Russia’s membership was removed after the invasion began.
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (Ipac)
Ipac, spanning legislators across 15 countries, including Italy and Bolivia, has gathered support to discourage their foreign ministries from endorsing China’s candidacy.
Questioning China’s Candidacy
Bolivian senator Centa Rek López raised concerns about certain Latin American countries supporting China’s candidacy due to their history of human rights abuses and their close ties to the People’s Republic of China.
Bolivia Blasts Chinese Support
Lopez suggested the support for China from Latin American countries “reflects both their own repressive policies, history of human rights abuses and their ties to the People’s Republic of China, which has facilitated corruption, surveillance, and economic dependency.”
UN General Assembly Resolution
The UN General Assembly resolution establishing the Human Rights Council spoke of the need to “take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights.”
UN High Commissioner’s Warning
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that the treatment of Uyghurs might amount to crimes against humanity, “may amount to enslavement as a crime against humanity, meriting a further independent analysis.”
A Damning Accusation Against China
An unofficial Uyghur tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice KC, found Beijing guilty of genocide, particularly in its efforts to prevent Uyghur births.
The UN’s Formal Communications to China
Despite issuing 83 formal communications to China since 2018 to which the UN Special Procedures revealed that they are “yet to see any signs of political will to address the concerns raised.”
Britain’s Categorical Denial of China’s Candidacy
Helena Kennedy KC, the UK co-chair of Ipac, stated that China “does not meet the criteria for election to the human rights council.”
Britain’s Beijing Concerns
Kennedy continued, “Not only does Beijing stand credibly accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, they have obstinately refused to cooperate with official investigators.”
A Strong Signal Against China’s Candidacy
Advocates stressed that achieving a China vote below 139 would be a “huge achievement” and send a robust signal to the world.
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