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Joint Statement on Improving Global Human Rights Governance and Promoting International Human Rights Cause at Agenda Item 8 General Debate of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council
2017/03/20

Mr. President:

I have the honor to deliver the statement on behalf of a cross-regional group of 36 countries.

Peace and development represent the trend of the times. In a globalized world, countries are increasingly interconnected in their interests, and their future ever more closely tied together. However, global challenges threaten the well-being of people of all countries. In many parts of the world, such fundamental rights as the right to subsistence and the right to development are still not guaranteed. It is high time to develop and improve global human rights governance, promote healthy and sustainable development of international human rights cause, and pool in our efforts to build a community of shared future for mankind. With this objective, we call upon the international community to:

--Stay committed to sovereign equality. Based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, we should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each state, respect and safeguard the right of each state to independently choose their social system and development path, promote greater democracy in international relations and guard against power politics in all its forms.

--Stay committed to multilateralism. We should develop and improve UN human rights institutions, ensure the fulfillment of their mandates in an impartial, objective, constructive, and non-selective manner, give equal attention to all categories of human rights, and encourage all parties to seek common ground amidst differences and build consensus, with a view to injecting strong impetus into international human rights cause.

--Stay committed to mutually beneficial cooperation. We should adhere to the principles of non-confrontation, non-conflict and mutual respect, enhance mutual understanding and narrow differences through dialogue and exchanges, draw on the experience of each other through cooperation, with a view to promoting the development of human rights cause of all countries. An Overweening mentality and the practice of exerting pressure openly should be abandoned, and the politicization of human rights agenda and double standards should be avoided.

--Stay committed to openness and inclusiveness. The diversity of civilizations should be respected. Different civilizations should co-exist in harmony, carry out exchanges for mutual learning, and embrace each other for the purpose of common progress. The international community should work together to combat all forms of racial discrimination.

--Stay committed to peace and development. Without peace and development, human rights are like a tree without roots. We should be committed to maintaining sustained peace and realizing common development, in order to lay a solid foundation for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Thank you, Mr. President.

 

The following countries cosponsor this joint statement:

Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bahrain, Bolivia, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Morroco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Phillipine, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

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