China Defends Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Report At UN Human Rights Council

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China Defends Sri Lanka's Human Rights Record At UN Human Rights Council

“We’re in opposition to politicising human rights,” Chinese language International Ministry spokesman mentioned. (File)

Beijing, China:

China on Friday expressed help to Sri Lanka on the UNHRC because it confronted a decision expressing severe concern over the rights scenario within the island nation, saying Beijing was against the usage of human rights points to intrude within the inside affairs of different international locations.

China’s help got here three days after Sri Lanka’s International Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on February 24 made a fervent attraction to the member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to reject decision on the island nation’s human rights accountability and reconciliation, terming it a “pure political transfer” in opposition to the nation.

Addressing a UNHRC session just about on Tuesday, Mr Gunawardena urged that the decision be rejected by the Council and dropped at a closure.

Mr Gunawardena’s remarks adopted the nation’s rejection of the UN rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s report which had known as for drastic measures reminiscent of focused sanctions and worldwide felony court docket process in opposition to these allegedly answerable for rights violations over the past part of the armed battle with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009.

Ms Bachelet mentioned the report indicated that almost 12 years after the top of the armed battle, home initiatives had repeatedly failed to make sure justice for victims and promote reconciliation.

Regardless of commitments made in 2015, the present Authorities, like its predecessor, had did not pursue real accountability processes, she mentioned.

The earlier Sri Lankan authorities, headed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Celebration, had co-sponsored the decision in 2013, calling for accountability in alleged conflict crimes dedicated by the federal government forces and the LTTE in the course of the remaining part of the near-three-decade-long civil conflict in Might 2009.

The present authorities, led by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna social gathering, has formally withdrawn from the decision.

Requested for his response to the criticism by a number of international locations in opposition to Sri Lanka’s rights file, Chinese language International Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin mentioned: “We recognize the (Sri Lankan) authorities’s efforts to advertise human rights and financial and social improvement, to guard weak teams and advance nationwide reconciliation and battle in opposition to terrorism.”

“We’re in opposition to politicising human rights and making use of double requirements or utilizing it to intrude in different international locations affairs”, he mentioned.

Mr Wang additionally mentioned that international locations ought to abide by the needs and ideas of the UN Constitution, respect a rustic’s sovereignty and political independence, their efforts to guard human rights and cease interference and political stress.

China, which was elected to the 47 member UNHRC final 12 months together with Pakistan is itself dealing with allegations of genocide in opposition to Muslim Uyghur in Xinjiang.

Chinese language International Minister Wang Yi addressing the UNHRC on February 23 rejected claims of genocide or oppression within the Xinjiang and mentioned China would welcome the UN human rights chief to go to the area.

Mr Wang’s assertion got here as worldwide stress mounted over accusations of rights abuses in China.

“There have by no means been something like genocide, pressured labour and non secular oppression. These sensational claims are rooted in ignorance, prejudice and purely slanderous political hype,” Mr Wang mentioned.

Human rights teams and UN rights specialists have maintained that there are no less than a million Muslims of ethnic minority background being arbitrarily held in large internment camps, the Hong Kong based mostly South China Morning Put up reported.

China has denied the claims, saying it was as a substitute taking measures to fight extremism and supply vocational coaching.

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