Bei­jing re­buts bi­ased com­ments at UN

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

China ex­pressed strong dis­sat­is­fac­tion and firm op­po­si­tion over what it called a se­ri­ously bi­ased state­ment is­sued by Kelly Craft, the US per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions.

China called her com­ments on China’s hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion “base­less” and ac­cused her of in­ter­fer­ing in China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs.

“It is the peo­ple who can best tell their coun­try’s hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion,” a spokesper­son for the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of China to the UN said in a state­ment on the same day.

“The Chi­nese govern­ment al­ways puts peo­ple first, pro­motes and pro­tects hu­man rights in the course of developmen­t, and fol­lows a path of hu­man rights developmen­t with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.”

The state­ment said that China has achieved re­mark­able hu­man rights progress. “On its land of 9.6 mil­lion square kilome­ters, there is no war, no dis­place­ment, no fear. The 1.4 bil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple are liv­ing in peace, free­dom and hap­pi­ness,” the state­ment said.

“This is the big­gest hu­man rights project and the best hu­man rights prac­tice, and (con­sti­tutes an) enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion China has made to the global cause of hu­man rights,” it added.

The state­ment said that the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in the US de­serves in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion, not­ing that the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil held an ur­gent de­bate and unan­i­mously adopted a res­o­lu­tion strongly con­demn­ing the con­tin­u­ing racially dis­crim­i­na­tory prac­tices that led to the May 25 death of Ge­orge Floyd in Minneapoli­s.

“We urge the United States to lis­ten to the voice of jus­tice from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” it said.

The state­ment also men­tioned that this year, the Spe­cial Pro­ce­dures of the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil made strong crit­i­cisms sev­eral times on US racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, hate speech, uni­lat­eral sanc­tions and vi­o­la­tions of the rights of women and mi­grants.

“We urge the US to re­flect on its own prob­lems and let its peo­ple breathe,” it ap­pealed.

The state­ment re­it­er­ated that “China is rock solid in de­fend­ing na­tional in­ter­ests, op­pos­ing ex­ter­nal in­ter­fer­ence, and pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing hu­man rights”.

It stressed that: “Any at­tempt of politi­ciz­ing the hu­man rights is­sue and us­ing hu­man rights to smear China is doomed to fail.”

GABRIEL KUCHTA / GETTY IMAGES

A cou­ple per­form as res­i­dents dine at a 500-me­ter-long ta­ble set on the Charles Bridge in Prague on Tues­day, after coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions were eased in the Czech cap­i­tal. Some 2,000 seats were avail­able with peo­ple in­vited to bring and share food and drinks to wel­come the sum­mer.

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