Statement by H.E. Ambassador Chen Xu at the General Debate under Item 2 at the 49th Session of the Human Rights Council
2022-03-08 16:16

(March 8, 2022)

Madam Vice President,

In the face of various global challenges, we must join hands to address them, bridge differences through dialogue, and enhance mutual trust through cooperation. We commend the High Commissioner and her Office for making combating inequalities a priority of the Office’s work, and increasing input to economic, social and cultural rights and the right to development. We expect the High Commissioner and her Office to respect the sovereignty of all countries as well as the human rights and development path independently chosen by countries in light of their national conditions, promote dialogue and cooperation, and make joint efforts to make global human rights governance more fair, just, reasonable and inclusive.

Madam Vice President,

Putting people at the center, China is committed to realizing, safeguarding and advancing the fundamental interests of the entire Chinese population. China’s historic human rights achievements are there for all to see. The freedom of expression of Chinese citizens is fully guaranteed in accordance with the law. China is a country under the rule of law, and freedom of expression cannot be an excuse for anyone to stand above the law.

We welcome the visit by the High Commissioner to China including Xinjiang this May. We will work with the High Commissioner’s Office to make preparations for the visit.

Thank you, Madam Vice President.