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Statement by the Chinese Delegation at the General Debate under Item 9 during the 20th Session of the Human Rights Council

Madam President,


Racism is a huge threat to world peace, stability and development. At present, with globalization ever deepening and economic crisis continuously festering, various new forms of racism have emerged. Incitement of racial and religious hatred happens time and again; xenophobia and discrimination against immigrants are getting worse; incidents of linking terrorism with specific religions and of vilifying and defaming specific religions occur incessantly. Eliminating racism remains a long-term and arduous task. The Chinese delegation wishes to make the following three observations on the fight against racism:


First, China is firmly opposed to double standards in the fight against racism. Efforts to promote and protect human rights should be comprehensive and balanced and should not be skewed. Free from racial discrimination is related to the most fundamental and essential human rights. All states should reject practices of politicization and make committed efforts to eliminate racism.


Secondly, the survival and growth of racism in whatever form should by no means be allowed for whatever reasons. The international community should carefully study and jointly combat new forms of racism. It should take effective measures to eliminate the source of racism and promote inter-faith and inter-culture dialogue and mutual respect.


Thirdly, China calls for the comprehensive implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. This document and the outcome document of the Durban Review Conference constitute the most comprehensive framework for the United Nations' work in combating racism. Unfortunately, they have yet to be implemented comprehensively. This is a matter of serious concern to China. We call on all parties to effectively implement the above documents and relevant follow-up mechanisms.


Madam President,


China is always committed to the fight against racism in all its forms and has taken an active part in the efforts of the international community to combat racism. China is willing to work together with the international community to promote the sustainable development of all races and contribute to the building of a harmonious world.


Thank you, Madam President.

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