A coalition of more than 300 rights groups are calling for the United Nations to create a “monitoring mechanism” to hold the Chinese regime accountable for human rights abuses in the country and abroad.
321 groups, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights, and 50 U.N. experts, drafted a joint letter to the U.N. on Sept. 9 criticizing Beijings suppression of freedoms in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, as well as its mishandling of the CCP virus pandemic and persecution of human rights advocates.
“Chinas disdain for human rights no longer affects only its citizens—its support for dictators and efforts to rewrite international standards are making the work of defending human rights harder than ever,” said Sarah Brooks, Brussels liaison at the International Service for Human Rights, in a statement. The joint letter has united organizations worldwide “fighting for their own communities with common cause,” she added.
The collective called for an “impartial and independent UN mechanism” to monitor and investigate Chinas abuses, adding to a growing chorus of international criticism against Beijings tactics, from its heavy-handed clampdown of Hong Kong protests to its censorship of Western journalists and China critics.
Asked by a reporter about the letter, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said at a Wednesday press briefing that “the groundless allegations of these organizations are not worth refuting.”
Just days earlier, seven U.N. human rights experts sent a letter to the Chinese government decrying the new national security law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong. They said that the law, with its broad terms, “infringes on certain fundamental rights” and could allow Chinese authorities to target political dissidents—such as by reframing legitimate activities of human rights defenders as illegal.
In June, around 50 U.N. human rights experts also called for “decisive measures to protect fundamental freedoms in China.” Despite numerous requests, they said that the Chinese regime has only permitted five visits by outside experts over the past decade and dismissed their concerns.
In the Wednesday letter, the organizations expressed “dismay at Beijings efforts to distort the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council [UNCHR] by promoting cooperation over accountability.”
The regime, using its seat at the five-member panel, has shielded serious human rights violators from prosecution, “baselessly” denied U.N. accreditation to nongovernmental organizRead More – Source