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Special Representative for Human Rights of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Ms. Liu Hua: There is no one-size-fits-all model for human rights protection, and modernization is not Westernization
2020/02/27

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On February 26, during the High Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, Special Representative for Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Ms. Liu Hua, in responding to groundless accusations by the United Kingdom and a few other countries, pointed out that the countries concerned defied facts and interfered in China's internal affairs and judicial sovereignty, which China categorically rejects.

Liu pointed out that Xinjiang bears on China's core interests. With more than 24 million people, Xinjiang accounts for one sixth of China's land area. Since the 1990s, the "three forces" at home and abroad have carried out thousands of violent terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. At certain critical stage, one terrorist attack occurred each day on average, causing huge losses of life and property and seriously trampling the rights of local people including the right to life. The Chinese government has adopted a series of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang in accordance with the law, including the establishment of vocational education and training centers. These measures have greatly reversed the security situation in Xinjiang and effectively protected the basic human rights of the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, including the rights to life, health, and development, and received universal support of people of all ethnic groups.

Liu said that at the training center, trainees voluntarily participated in education and training programs of standard spoken and written Chinese, understanding of the law, vocational skills and deradicalization. Their personal freedom, ethnic customs, freedom of religious belief and the right to receive medical treatment were fully protected, and the trainees could go home on weekends. At present, all the trainees participating in education and training programs have graduated and got stable jobs with the help of the government. There has been no violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang for three consecutive years. Last year, Xinjiang received over 200 million tourists and its per capita GDP grew by 6.2%. By 2020, extreme poverty will be completely eliminated.

Liu said that China welcomes the High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit China, including Xinjiang this year. We stay in close contact with the OHCHR on arrangements of the visit.

Liu stated that some countries and forces have attacked and accused China of its policy in Xinjiang. Some of them are unaware about the truth, and some are simply unwilling to acknowledge the truth. Instead, they use human rights as a policy tool to discredit, slander and suppress China. When China took counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in accordance with the law, these countries and forces would say that the counter-terrorism measures were excessive. The measures, they claimed, are violation of human rights while the same practice in their own countries are considered the rule of law. When China invited these countries to visit Xinjiang, they refused for various reasons. When more than 70 countries explicitly supported China's policy in Xinjiang through joint letters and statements, and pointed out that measures taken in Xinjiang are positive practice of counter-terrorism and deradicalization, and effectively protect the basic human rights of people of all ethnic groups, they said that those countries are only surrendered to pressure by China, and only the hearsay from them are the truth.

Liu said that China's practice shows that there is not a one-size-fits-all model for human rights protection, and modernization is not Westernization. The protection of human rights must adhere to a development path that suits a country's own conditions. This is in line with the spirit of the UN Charter and relevant human rights treaties. There is no war, no displacement and no fear on China's land of over 9.6 million square kilometers, and nearly 1.4 billion people live a peaceful, free and happy life – this is the largest human rights project and this is the best human rights practice.

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