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China rejects rights criticism at UN

Protesters in Sydney in September 2007 act out alleged atrocities against Falun Gong members committed by China. The protest was timed  to coincide with China's president Hu Jintao’s visit to Sydney for an APEC summit. AAP Image/Per Groth

Protesters in Sydney in September 2007 act out alleged atrocities against Falun Gong members committed by China. The protest was timed to coincide with China’s president Hu Jintao’s visit to Sydney for an APEC summit. AAP Image/Per Groth

Geneva [RAW]

China has strongly rejected US-led criticism of its human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, saying the United States was hypocritical and guilty of crimes including the rape and murder of civilians.

‘The US is notorious for prison abuse at Guantanamo prison, its gun violence is rampant, racism is its deep-rooted malaise,’ Chinese diplomat Fu Cong told the Council on Thursday, using unusually blunt language.

‘The United States conducts large-scale extra-territorial eavesdropping, uses drones to attack other countries’ innocent civilians, its troops on foreign soil commit rape and murder of local people. It conducts kidnapping overseas and uses black prisons.’

Fu was responding to a joint statement by the United States and 11 other countries, who criticised China’s crackdown on human rights and its detentions of lawyers and activists.

‘These actions are in contravention of China’s own laws and international commitments,’ said US ambassador Keith Harper, who read out the statement backed by Australia, Japan and nine northern European countries.

‘These extra-territorial actions are unacceptable, out of step with the expectations of the international community, and a challenge to the rule-based international order.’

Harper read the statement straight after UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein gave his main annual speech to the council.

He recalled his message to China in mid-February, when he cited a ‘very worrying pattern’ of detentions.

Fu said Zeid should ‘refrain from making subjective comments not backed up by real facts’.

He also criticised Japan’s support for the joint statement, saying Japan had refused to take responsibility for conscripting 100,000 ‘comfort women’ in Asian countries during World War II.

In China, police have detained about 250 human rights lawyers, legal assistants, and activists since a nationwide crackdown began last July, although many have subsequently been released.


One response to “China rejects rights criticism at UN”

  1. Roger Graf says:

    Why don’t we just go to war and bomb the daylights out of all the nations and whoever is left standing becomes ‘winner takes all’.
    That way we don’t have to be concerned of barbarians, the plight of refugees and what to do with the asylum seekers, constant bickering of political agendas and religious faiths.
    Those left could now turn their efforts on how to survive in the future and what technologies they may have left and the remaining will have no problem with population growth or climate change and global warming!
    The may be inadequate food and water though, but there’s always outer space?

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