50 Nations Support China’s Policies in Xinjiang Before UN Human Rights Council

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July 28 (EIRNS)—In a letter dated July 8, 22 ambassadors to the UN organizations in Geneva wrote a letter to the UN Human Rights Council condemning China’s policies towards minority Uighurs, mostly Muslim, in its Xinjiang Province, according to a Jul 11 exclusive from Reuters, which claimed to have seen the letter and had briefings from some of the diplomats. Sky News on July 11, citing Reuters, said the letter raised concerns about “large-scale places of detention, as well as widespread surveillance and restrictions, particularly targeting Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.” The signers called on China to allow “meaningful access” to experts, and wrote, “We call on China to uphold its national laws and international obligations and to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief in Xinjiang and across China…. We call also on China to refrain from the arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of movement of Uighurs, and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang.”

An unofficial list names the signers as were the ambassadors of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

China’s Foreign Ministry accurately said the letter “neglected the facts” and was a slander against China, an interference in its affairs, and the politicization of human rights.

As EIR Daily Alert reported in our July 18 issue, 37 UN ambassadors in Geneva countered with a letter on July 12 to the Human Rights Council, praising China’s humane approach to fighting separatist/terrorist recruitment efforts. By the end of the day on July 26, fully 50 ambassadors to the United Nations Office in Geneva, including many from majority-Islamic countries, had signed the counter-letter strongly praising China’s policies in Xinjiang.

Xinhua quoted from this letter on July 13. “We commend China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights by adhering to the people-centered development philosophy and protecting and promoting human rights through development,” the joint letter said. “We also appreciate China’s contributions to the international human rights cause.”

In its coverage yesterday, Global Times quoted the 50 diplomats: “Faced with the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang, including setting up vocational education and training centers. Now safety and security has returned to Xinjiang and the fundamental human rights of people there have enjoyed stronger senses of fulfillment, happiness and security.”

The ambassadors expressed their “firm opposition” to relevant countries’ practice of politicizing human rights issues, by naming and shaming, and publicly exerting pressures on other countries.

The original 37 signers were from Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

By July 26, they had been joined by 13 more including Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Djibouti and Palestine.

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