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Chinese Mission spokesperson Liu Yuyin refutes the erroneous remarks by mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council

On May 19, a couple of Special Procedure mandate-holders, including the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, made public erroneous remarks and groundless accusations concerning the so-called China's Tibetan "human rights defenders", distorting facts and grossly interfering in China's internal affairs and judicial sovereignty. China strongly condemns and firmly opposes such remarks.

All ethnic minorities in China enjoy all human rights in accordance with laws. The economic and social development as well as the human rights achievements in ethnic minority regions are for all to see. China upholds the rule of law. Anyone who violates the law shall be held accountable according to the law. The mandate-holders in question openly exonerated criminal offenders under the pretext of human rights and attempted to interfere in the legal proceeding of China's judicial authorities. This constitutes severe violation of the rule of law, the principle of impartiality and objectivity, and the Code of Conduct for Special Procedures Mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council. The claim of the so-called "wide crackdown on Tibetan minority human rights defenders" in China is outright slanders that expose their deep prejudice against China.

The Special Procedure mandate-holders in question are urged to respect the facts, exercise their mandates in a just and fair manner, immediately stop backing criminals, refrain from interfering in China's internal affairs and sovereignty, and return to the right road of constructive dialogue and cooperation with governments of States.

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