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Foxes Guarding the Henhouse: Russia and China Voted onto UN Human Rights Council
On November 12, the UN General Assembly elected new
members to serve on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).
Countries with questionable human rights records,
including China, Russia, Vietnam and Cuba were
elected after receiving a high number of votes.
However, the UK and France, with qualified human rights
records were elected with lower numbers of votes.
How did this happen?
Let’s take a look.
Out of 193 valid votes, Vietnam had 184 votes, placing
it top of the list, followed by Macedonia with 177 votes.
China and Russia each received 176
votes, placing them third in the category.
Algeria got 164 votes, and Cuba with 148.
The UK and France are considered to be
qualified with their human rights records.
They received 171 and 174 votes, respectively,
placing these countries behind China and Russia.
Beijing Activist Hu Jia says the Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) established a system of diplomacy and propaganda.
It is specifically designed to block international
condemnation towards their human rights abuses.
Hu Jia: “Internationally, the CCP
tactically maintains diplomatic stability.
It spends money and uses political interests
to exchange support from UNHRC members.
This includes less developed
countries in Africa and middle Asia.”
Hu Jia says that the purpose of the Chinese regime
joining the UNHRC is only to further its image.
When it is necessary, the CCP can take the chance to
counter attack other countries’ criticism of it’s human rights.
Chen Yongmiao, China based constitutional scholar:
“Western countries’ view on China’s several decades
of so-called human rights improvements are uncertain.
Some of them think China’s human rights is good, some
consider it is hopeless, and simply don’t believe the CCP.”
Chen says that Western countries need
to know China’s human rights situation.
They should establish a new standard of assessment.
Geneva-based NGO UN Watch says that nearly
50% of UNHRC members in 2014 failed to meet
minimum standards for freedom and democracy.
In the secret ballot, China received
at least 11 votes from EU countries.
UN Watch says that China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia,
Algeria, Jordan and Vietnam are not “qualified”.
Prior to the election, UN Watch published a press release.
It said, “when the UN’s highest human rights
body becomes a case of the foxes guarding
the henhouse, the world’s victims suffer.”
Jiang Tianyong, China-based human rights lawyer:
“Whether I take my point of view from the cases I deal
with, or my own experiences, or from my close friends’
experiences, China’s human rights are extremely bad.”
Jiang says that China’s human
rights have declined in two ways:
Residents’ disappearance and residents’ identification
cards were adopted in law, but the Supreme Procuratorate
and Supreme Court illegally interpreted the regulations.
This year, the regime intensified it’s arresting of
people who participated in democratic protests.
In addition, suppression of journalists has recently increased.
The CCP has never eased it’s persecution
of groups who uphold their faith, such as
the mass arrests of Falun Gong practitioners.
Yang Jianli is the founder of US
based Citizen Power for China.
He says that China has been a member
of the UN HRC for six years in the past.
However, news of various incidents became
international, such as in Lhasa on March 13, 2008.
There was the Urumqi incident on July 5, 2009,
the case of Chen Guangcheng, as well as the
arrest and torture of activist artist Ai Weiwei.
The brutal suppression of the molihua democracy
movement became well known, as did the 100 tibetan
people self-immolating against Beijing’s tyrannical rule.
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng, originally
from Shandong, now lives in the US.
Chen spoke to Voice of America on November 15.
Chen said that without democratic elections, and
the use of suppression to run a country, which only
represents the interests of officials and their families,
the Beijing regime was able to enter the UNHRC again.
It is no different from “letting the thief be the judge”,
or from “letting the robber become a role model.”.
Hu Jia: “Being Chinese citizens, we have never accepted
that the CCP’s regime is a legitimate governing system.
This is because it is not elected by its citizens.
Actually, now it is not the regime being elected, it is the
CCP’s ruling elite being elected as members of the HRC.”
Hu Jia continues, indicating that the CCP shouldn’t be
granted a seat to judge other countries’ human rights.
Instead, it should be the one being judged.
Tong Wenxun, a human rights lawyer in Taiwan says that
this strongly suggests that the UN is filled with corruption.
Countries voting China must take
responsibility for the CCP’s blood debts.