Dharamsala, Oct 7 (SocialNews.XYZ) A group of 39 cross-regional United Nations member countries led by Germany have rebuked China for widespread human rights violations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Tibet, expressing "grave concerns" about abuses.
We call on China to allow immediate, meaningful and unfettered access to Xinjiang for independent observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The statement was signed by 39 countries, including the United States and most European countries, including Albania, Bosnia, Canada, Haiti, Honduras, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun accused the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom on Tuesday of abusing the United Nations' platform, politicising human rights issues, provoking "political confrontation" and insisting on "provoking antagonism".
Kuwait made a similar statement supporting China on behalf of three Arab nations. "The US would do better to take a good look in the mirror at itself", he said. In fact, it is the United States that should work to protect the basic rights of its people. "We have led the way, not just in the human rights council, but in the third committee in the United Nations and will continue to do so". "In any country the legislative power on national security issues rests with the state", said Ambassador Akram while reading the statement on behalf of 54 other member states. "China firmly opposes and rejects that", Zhang said. Relations between the USA and China have soured in recent months.
"In particular, the Third Committee can not be used as a platform or a pretext to table resolutions that impose the views of one group of countries on other countries, especially if there is no global consensus against such policy", Gafoor said.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on Wednesday that those just voices show again that fair-minded people can tell right from wrong.
China's government says Uighur Muslims are staying in "job training" centres to learn Mandarin, law and other skills.
The move adds to ongoing concerns about the media and the investment environment in Hong Kong, following the implementation in late June of a new national security law, imposed by China, which introduced severe penalties for anything deemed as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.
Turkey's declaration also pointed to its ethnic, religious and cultural ties with Uighur Turks, and said "the human rights practices against Uyghur Turks and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang in recent reports have made us particularly anxious".
He pointed to a report by German researcher Adrian Zenz, published by the US Jamestown Foundation think tank, which claimed natural population growth rates in two of the largest Uighur regions in China's Xinjiang area had fallen by 84 percent between 2015 and 2018, according to Reuters.
The Chinese Embassy in Wellington have been asked for comment.
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