Vote of ap­proval for China’s rights record

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

China once again re­gained its seat in theUnit­edNa­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil with 180 votes on Oct 28. This is the fourth time China has be­come the mem­ber of the topUNhu­man rights body with a high per­cent­age of votes.

China played an ac­tive role in the ne­go­ti­a­tions and fi­nal vote on the estab­lish­ment of the UNHRC onMarch 15, 2006; it be­came the hu­man rights body’s mem­ber for three years af­ter win­ning 146 votes onMay 9 in the same year. InMay 2009, China re­gained its seat by win­ning 167 votes. Since UNHRC rules say a coun­try can be a mem­ber for only two con­sec­u­tive terms, China re­sumed its three­year mem­ber­ship again af­ter win­ning 176 votes onNov 12, 2013.

The num­ber of votes won by China has steadily risen in the past decade— it is the high­est among the Asia-Pa­cific group and the sec­ond-high­est among all can­di­dates. A coun­try needs more than half of theUNGen­eral As­sem­bly mem­bers’ votes to be­come a mem­ber of the UNHRC, and China has gained more than two-thirds of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s votes four times. This means China has won the recog­ni­tion of most coun­tries in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The 180 votes won by China this time in­di­cates the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is sat­is­fied by China’s per­for­mance dur­ing its third ten­ure in the UNHRC from 2014 to 2016. In the past three years, China has taken ac­tive part in the coun­cil’s ac­tiv­i­ties and ful­filled its due re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

That China has got a seat in the UNHRC for the fourth time also in­di­cates the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity ap­proves of China’s mea­sures to pro­tect hu­man rights, be­cause can­di­date coun­tries’ records in hu­man rights pro­tec­tion are im­por­tant fac­tors that in­flu­ence vot­ers’ de­ci­sions. So China will use its fourth term as a mem­ber of the UNHRC as an op­por­tu­nity to push for­ward in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights causes. Luo Yan­hua is a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Pek­ing Univer­sity.

That China has won a seat for the fourth time in the UNHRC since the coun­cil’s for­ma­tion in 2006 is proof that it has ful­filled the de­mands of hu­man rights pro­tec­tion and suc­ceeded in its hu­man rights diplo­macy.

As an an­cient civ­i­liza­tion, China has been con­fi­dent of its path, the­ory and cul­ture for building a so­cial­ist so­ci­ety, and its be­lief in its hu­man rights prac­tices is an im­por­tant part of that con­fi­dence.

The Com­mu­nist Party of China and the Chi­nese govern­ment have al­ways com­bined hu­man rights pro­tec­tion with the coun­try’s re­al­i­ties, paying spe­cial at­ten­tion to im­prov­ing peo­ple’s liveli­hoods, pro­mot­ing so­cial jus­tice and fair­ness, strength­en­ing hu­man rights pro­tec­tion and guar­an­tee­ing peo­ple’s le­gal rights in the course of eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

China has fol­lowed a hu­man rights de­vel­op­ment path that suits its na­tional con­di­tions. And top leader Xi Jin­ping has said China will al­ways com­bine hu­man rights pro­tec­tion with peace­ful de­vel­op­ment.

China strongly be­lieves the rights to sub­sis­tence and de­vel­op­ment are two im­por­tant parts of hu­man rights, and that is its con­tri­bu­tion to the in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights move­ment.

China has vowed to elim­i­nate poverty by 2020, and im­ple­ment an in­no­va­tive, co­or­di­na­tive, en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly, open and shar­ing de­vel­op­ment con­cept. The aim is to serve the peo­ple and en­sure sus­tain­able and peo­ple­first de­vel­op­ment.

China sup­ported theUNto pass the 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Agenda, ap­peal­ing to coun­tries to bridge the gap be­tween de­vel­op­ing and de­vel­oped coun­tries. And the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, in Septem­ber passed an ac­tion plan for the G20 to help im­ple­ment the 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Agenda, mak­ing it suit­able for con­crete ac­tion for the first time. China is an im­por­tant power de­fend­ing the rule of law and help­ing main­tain peace across the globe. And at home, it is im­ple­ment­ing its third State Hu­man Rights Ac­tion Plan (2016-20).

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