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Statement by Ambassador FU Cong at the General Debate of Agenda Item 4 during 31st Session of HRC
2016/03/15

Mr. Vice President,

Sovereign equality of all countries, respect for the territorial integrity and political independence, and non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states are principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and repeatedly reiterated in numerous resolutions of the UN General Assembly, thus establishing the basic norms of international relations. These principles are recalled in Human Rights Council resolutions as well. The Human Rights Council should conduct all its work in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. And its activities should be guided by the objective of "achieving international cooperation".

However, certain western countries in the Council openly politicize human rights issues, through naming and shaming and plotting country-specific resolutions, in order to serve their geopolitical needs. They on the one hand attack developing countries on their human rights situations; and on the other hand adopt unilateral sanctions, and even take military actions against these countries without the authorization of the United Nations. Due to external interventions, the peace, stability and ethnic harmony in some developing countries are destroyed. As a consequence, the basis for development and even subsistence are toppled, resulting in the exacerbation of poverty and rise of violent extremism, and providing breeding grounds for the spread of terrorism. Both history and reality teach us, there can be no human rights without sovereignty and development.

At present, the world, and in particular Europe, is faced with the most severe refugee crisis since the end of World War II. The conflicts and terrorism in Iraq, Libya, Syria and elsewhere have displaced millions of civilians, many of whom lost their lives and loved ones when fleeing from their home countries. After arriving in the developed world, which always flaunts human rights and humanitarianism, these refugees often have to face increasing discrimination, xenophobia and in many instances state brutality, excessive use of force and degrading treatment. As a matter of fact, more and more people have come to realize that the root cause of the current humanitarian crisis is the policy of new interventionism carried out by certain western countries under the banner of human rights and humanitarianism. Unfortunately, these western countries, instead of taking responsibilities for their own actions, continue to accuse the victimized countries of violating human rights. This is totally unacceptable.

Mr. Vice President,

Ten years ago, the member states of the United Nations decided to replace the Commission on Human Rights with the Human Rights Council, hoping to replace politicization, confrontation, selectivity and double-standard with mutual respect, dialogue on equal footing and pragmatic cooperation. Regrettably, less than a decade after its establishment, the Council is once again pervaded by the atmosphere of politicization and confrontation. Abusing the Council's agenda, certain western countries willfully launch groundless accusations and attacks against developing countries. Some even go so far as to use the Council as a tool for their domestic political needs during their election. If the Council continues down this path, it will unavoidably repeat the same mistakes and failures of the Commission. The international community should be on alert against this dangerous tendency.

Mr. Vice President,

The primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights lies with States. While human rights are universal, there is no single model for the promotion and protection of human rights, due to the differences among countries and regions in terms of history, culture and religion. We call upon countries concerned to abandon their arrogance and prejudices, treat other countries equally and with respect. We also call on these countries to respect the diversity of ways in which human rights are protected and promoted, assess the human rights situation in other countries in an impartial, objective and comprehensive manner, and resolve differences on application and models of human rights through constructive dialogue and cooperation.

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

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