Oct. 9, 2020, 1:10 p.m.
United Nations: Nearly 40 countries have criticized the treatment of minorities in China and expressed serious concern over the impact on human rights of its new national security law in Hong Kong.
At the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday the declaration drafted by Germany, 39 predominantly Western countries condemned China for gross human rights violations in the western Chinese territory of Xinjiang and the independent region of Tibet, and for limiting political and personal freedoms in Hong Kong.
These countries are mostly western countries and they have questioned the treatment of minority community especially in Xinjiang and Tibet. The United States, several European countries, Japan and others called on China to allow “free access” to Xinjiang for independent observers, including UN Human Rights Chief Michel Bachelet, and the detention of Uygurs and other minority communities Also asked to stop.
In a joint statement at a meeting of the General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee, 39 countries urged China to “uphold autonomy, rights and freedoms in Hong Kong and respect the independence of Hong Kong’s judiciary”. This statement of these countries was read by Germany’s Ambassador to the United Nations Christoph Hessgen.
Soon after, Pakistan read a statement on behalf of 55 countries, protesting against interfering in China’s affairs. She said the region is part of China and the National Security Act ensures China’s “one country, two systems” policy on Hong Kong.
Cuba then in a statement on behalf of 45 countries supported China’s anti-terrorism and steps taken to reduce radicalization in Xinjiang. He said that the steps taken by China in response to the threats of terrorism and extremism are within the purview of the law protecting human rights of all ethnic groups in the province. Rival statements have increased tensions between China and Western countries over human rights.