China advocates for human rights protection at 48th UNHRC session

China participates in human rights-related discussions to maintain international justice and oppose any interference in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of human rights at the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu in a recent interview. 

Ma stressed the importance of the UNHRC session at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens people's health and lives and aggravates social inequality and racial discrimination, and external military interference and unilateral sanctions weaken relevant countries' ability to respond to the pandemic and restore their economy.

During the session, the Chinese delegation constructively joined in the discussions about different human rights issues, spoke on behalf of developing countries and disclosed the Western countries' human rights violations, showing their hypocrisy of "fake human rights, true hegemony" and "fake democracy, true interference," said Ma.

He said China voiced developing countries' opinions on issues such as the importance of peace and safety to human rights, the necessity of people-oriented development rights and the equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

China also shared its experience and practice in poverty eradication and the protection of people's rights and interests amid the ongoing pandemic during the session, he said.

Acknowledging that the council should be an impartial and nonpolitical platform for different parties to carry out constructive dialogue and cooperation on human rights issues, Ma said China hit back any groundless accusations about the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region that were posited by certain Western countries at the session.

Nearly 100 countries also voiced their support for China, stressing that foreign countries should not interfere in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues, Ma said.

(Cover image: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu. /Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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