The communist Chinese government is showing international “influence” by defeating the UN vote to debate China’s Uyghur genocide

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday tuned on a US-led motion to hold a debate on human rights abuses committed by communist China against Uyghurs in the country’s western region of Xinjiang. Of the 47 nation-state members on the council, 36 voted: 19 against and 17 in favor of the motion. The result, said What the China director of Human Rights Watch, Sophie Richardson, calls “a renunciation of responsibility and a betrayal of Uyghur victims” is seen as a win for the communist regime.

The request threw up a debate on the results of a 48-page report by the UN legal office published details on potential “crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang on August 31. While US., the United Kingdom, Canada, Franceand a number of other countries have already formally declared the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) detention and ethnic cleansing of the country’s Uighur population as genocide, this debate would have called for greater international scrutiny.

The result of the vote also showed China’s growing influence internationally and in third world countries.

The optional

The following countries voted against the motion to debate whether the CCP’s genocide is a human rights issue: Bolivia; Cameroon; China; Ivory Coast; Cuba; Eritrea; Gabon; Indonesia; Kazakhstan; Mauritania; Namibia; Nepal; Pakistan; Qatar; Senegal; Sudan; United Aram Emirates; Uzbekistan; and Venezuela.

A number of countries abstained, including Brazil, India, Mexico and Ukraine.

In addition to the European powers, a handful of countries backed the American bid, including the Republic of Korea, Japan and Somalia.

The answer

Olaf Wientzek from Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation was not surprised by the result recommended that it damages the credibility of the UN and “shows China’s diplomatic clout”. He emphasized that the motion did not propose a monitoring mechanism, only debate, but “that was too much for many members”.

British Ambassador to Geneva Simon Manley declared: “China’s attempts to stifle debate and hide the truth will not succeed.”

Marc Limon of Universal Rights Group said“It’s a major blow to the credibility of the Council and a clear victory for China… Many developing countries will see it as an adjustment away from Western dominance in the UN human rights system.”

Zhang Meifang, Consul General of China in Belfast, tweeted “Justice prevails!”

A spokesman for the Chinese communist regime’s Foreign Ministry specified“The issues related to Xinjiang are not about human rights. It is about countering violent terrorism, radicalization and separatism.”

Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said“Today’s vote protects the perpetrators of human rights abuses and not the victims – a shocking result that puts the main UN human rights body in the absurd position of ignoring the findings of the UN human rights office.”

The report

The subject for the excluded debate was the report of the High Commissioner’s Office of Human Rights. This report contradicted the CCP’s claims that its repression, detention and murder of Uighurs were justified as part of a broader “counter-extremism” strategy.

Among the report’s recommendations was a thorough investigation into “allegations of torture, sexual violence, ill-treatment, compulsory medical treatment and forced labor and reports of deaths in custody”.

Uyghurs who fled China have detailed forced late-term abortions, routine torture, and forced labor in China’s re-education camps (called “professional education and training centers” by the CCP), where an estimated 1 million people have been incarcerated in recent years.

Xinjiang itself has allegedly was converted into an open-air prison camp.

Uyghur neighborhoods are surrounded by militarized checkpoints. Those who want to leave are retinally scanned. Each neighborhood is assigned a “Grid Monitor” to monitor their activities and ensure against adherence to religious customs.

According to Nury Turkel, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, outside the camps, Uyghurs are “subjected to a barrage of scans, tests and investigations… [including] Retinal scans and fingerprints… blood or hair samples… for DNA profiles.”

The New York Post reported that they must also “read a specified text aloud for forty-five minutes so that their voices may be recorded and identified”, allowing spies in intercepted and recorded communications to determine who spoke.

Cullen Hendrix, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, wrote that Xinjiang, home to nearly 12 million Uyghurs, “could be the most controlled media environment on earth, alongside North Korea.”

A 2020 report from the Washington-based Center for Global Policy specified that the CCP is forcing an estimated 570,000 Uyghurs to hand-pick cotton for the CCP under the guise of a “poverty alleviation” program.

The UN High Commissioner’s report suggested that the CCP’s actions could also “constitute international crimes.”

Just as Christians who have fled China are being hunted down by the CCP internationally, so are Uyghurs. Indeed, the recently uncovered international network of Chinese communist police stations operating in the US, Canada and Europe are reportedly helping to keep tabs on those who have escaped persecution in Xinjiang.

Safeguard Defenders, a European pan-Asian human rights NGO, published a report in September entitled “110 Overseas: Chinese transnational policing run wild,” documenting these extralegal forward-operating communist bases.

Although touted as pseudo-embassies, the primary function of these forward bases is instead to force people to return to China if the regime determines they have violated Chinese law. Uyghurs who fled China are considered lawbreakers by the regime.

In fact, many of the estimated 1,500 ethnic Muslims were Uyghurs hunted and arrested in the Middle East and North Africa were returned to China.

according to a Freedom House Report 2021“China is conducting the most sophisticated, global, and all-out campaign of transnational repression in the world.” The CCP “targets many groups, including several ethnic and religious minorities, political dissidents, human rights activists, journalists, and former insiders accused of corruption.”

International implications

All nations that voted against the motion were drawn into China’s international sphere of influence.

China that was materially supported Russia expanded this influence in part through its Belt and Road initiative during its war against Ukraine. Through its BRI, the CCP helps poorer nations build ports, railroads and telecommunications networks, and secure financing. Because such aid is typically unaffordable, the BRI turns countries into politically malleable debtors. The Economic Times called BRI one of “China’s colonial advances cloaked in benevolent global treaties.”

The New York Times reported Economic leverage aside, some in the US suspect the BRI will allow China to “build a global bloc of nations that will buy mostly Chinese goods and gravitate toward China’s authoritarian political model.”

All countries in the Human Rights Council that voted with China Part of the BRI. The outlier was Somalia, which is part of BRI but has nonetheless taken a stand.

Liu Mingfu, a retired Chinese Communist military colonel, wrote a book called The Dream of China, which Chinese President Xi Jinping referred to. Liu, a supporter of China’s communist world rule, did not describe the competition between China and the US as a “shot duel” or a “boxing match” but as an “track and field” match or marathon.

Michael Pillsbury, director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute, pointed out in The Hundred-Year Marathon that elements of the Chinese communist regime have long sought to “replace the United States economically, militarily, and politically to become leader of the world in 2049 (the centenary of the communist revolution),” in part to “avenge or wipe clean of past foreign humiliations” (xi xue), like nineteenth-century Chinese opium addiction.

Pillsbury declared that the CCP’s goal is “a world without American global hegemony.”

Pillsbury explained how Liu and other influential Chinese political thinkers believe that China has a responsibility to “‘make better’ all the nations and peoples of the world by ‘harmonizing’ them – spreading Chinese values, language and culture to make them better.” heaven fit into the underworld. This empire ‘values ​​order over liberty, ethics over law, and elite government over democracy and human rights.'”

Thursday’s UN vote not only demonstrates China’s growing political influence, but also hints at the nature and priorities of the world order the CCP is trying to establish.

“cesspool of political bias”

The Trump administration withdrawn the US from the council for including numerous human rights violators such as China, Cuba, Pakistan and Venezuela. The US became the first country in the council’s 12-year history to voluntarily opt out.

Then-UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said: “We are taking this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes fun of human rights.” added“The Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”

The Biden administration had the US rejoin the council last year. The communist Chinese government is showing international “influence” by defeating the UN vote to debate China’s Uyghur genocide

Laura Coffey

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