Human rights groups call for UN resolution against Chinese abuses

National flags outside the UNAA
National flags outside the UNAA
National flags outside the UNAA
30th January 2019

Over forty human rights groups sign an open letter demanding a UN resolution against abuses in China

A coalition of over forty human rights groups have signed an open letter urging the member States of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to support a resolution opposing arbitrary detention and other human rights violations in China.

The letter, which was sent on Wednesday 30 January, condemns what it calls the “dire” human rights abuses which millions of people in China face. It highlights the struggles of Uyghurs and Tibetans, as well journalists, lawyers and students.

The signatories include Free Tibet, Tibet Watch, the World Uyghur Congress and the Geneva based International Service for Human Rights who penned the letter. The groups are calling for the resolution to be discussed at an upcoming session of the HRC.

Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party continue to suppress dissent and undermine efforts to hold them accountable to their obligations under international law, the letter said. Adding, “We urge your delegation to contribute to and support a resolution on the human rights situation in China.”

The proposed resolution calls for UN rapporteurs and journalists to be given better access to China, particularly in Tibet and Xinjiang province where some of the worst abuses have happened.  It also demands that those who are already arbitrarily detained be released and asks Beijing to remove restrictions on freedom of expression, association and religion.

“This action calls for members of the Human Rights Council to take a united stand against the massive scale of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese government.  For too long China has succeeded in bullying other governments; picking them off one by one and keeping them in line with threats of economic reprisals,” Free Tibet Director, Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, said.

“At the same time, China is desperate to be seen as one of the good guys and consistently denies the abuse it inflicts daily on the people under its control.  Joint action is the only way governments can make it clear to China that they have not been taken in by its theatrics and that they will no longer stand by while millions of people are surveilled, repressed, tortured and killed with impunity."

You can view the full open letter here.