China on Saturday remained silent on India’s abstention in the HRC vote on the human rights situation in Xinjiang, but defended its crackdown on Uyghur Muslims, saying it was aimed at countering “terrorism and separatism”.
China’s comments came after India abstained from voting on the Xinjiang issue at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday and a day after New Delhi first called the respect and guarantee of the rights of the peoples of the autonomous region.
I have taken note of the relevant information and would like to emphasize that the issues related to Xinjiang are not related to human rights there, but oppose violent terrorism, radicalization and separatism,” he said. said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning, responding to a question about his Indian counterpart Arindam Bagchi’s remarks.
Through strenuous efforts, there has been no violent terrorist incident in Xinjiang for more than five consecutive years,” she told a press conference here.
Mao, however, remained silent on the question asking for her reaction to India’s abstention during the vote on a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution in Geneva that called for a debate on the concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
Draft resolution on holding a debate on the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was rejected by the 47-member council after 17 members voted in favour, 19 members voted off against, including China, and 11 abstentions, including India. , Brazil, Mexico and Ukraine.
The draft resolution was presented by a small group comprising Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, and co-sponsored by several States , including Turkey.
Observers say China was able to barely pass the vote due to 11 abstentions, sparing it diplomatic embarrassment over the Xinjiang issue over which it has been widely condemned for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims from the autonomous province.
Mao said the vote showed that the truth will always prevail. The human rights of all ethnicities in Xinjiang are protected to the greatest extent possible,” Mao said.
The voting results at the Human Rights Council reflect the position of the international community, especially developing countries, to firmly reject the politicization of human rights issues,” she said.
It shows once again that the truth will always prevail and attempts to use Xinjiang-related issues to suppress and contain China will never succeed,” she said.
For the first time, India on Friday clearly commented on the situation in Xinjiang and said the rights of people in the autonomous region must be “respected and guaranteed”.
Asked about the abstention in the HRC vote, Bagchi said it was in line with the long-standing practice of not voting on country-specific resolutions.
“The human rights of the people of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region should be respected and guaranteed. We hope the relevant side will handle the situation objectively and appropriately,” Bagchi said in New Delhi.
The comments came amid the continuous border line between India and China in eastern Ladakh.
Bagchi said India had taken note of the assessment of human rights concerns in Xinjiang by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
China is facing growing criticism over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province. Human rights groups believe China has arbitrarily detained nearly a million Uyghurs in camps in the name of fighting religious extremism.
In her recent report, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who previously visited Xinjiang after a long diplomatic row with Beijing, said serious human rights abuses had been committed in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as part of the Chinese government’s enforcement of the fight against terrorism. and strategies for countering extremism.
“The implementation of these strategies and associated policies in the XUAR has led to interlocking patterns of severe and undue restrictions on a wide range of human rights,” he said.
“These patterns of restrictions are characterized by a discriminatory component, as the underlying acts often directly or indirectly affect Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim communities,” the report said.
Reacting to the HRC vote, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that for some time now, the United States and some other Western countries have misinformed the public about Xinjiang and sought political manipulation on behalf of the people. human rights simply to smear China. image and contain China’s development.
Despite facts and truths, these countries have spread lies about Xinjiang in the Human Rights Council and crafted a draft decision on this erroneous basis in an attempt to use the human rights organs of the UN as a tool to interfere in China’s internal affairs and serve the agenda of using Xinjiang to contain China, he added that the agenda pushed by the United States and some other Western forces n again failed to garner international support.
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