Statement by H.E.Ambassador LI Song at the Panel Discussion on the Negative Impact of the Legacies of Colonialism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights during the 51st Session of the Human Rights Council
2022-09-29 13:06

Mr President,

Colonialism is the historical sin of the United States, the United Kingdom and other Western countries, the darkest moment in the history of the promotion and protection of global human rights, and a scar that cannot be healed in the history of human civilization. Mankind has entered the 21st century, but the legacy of colonialism still exists widely with far-reaching impact. These countries must reflect on history and correct their mistakes.

We call for full respect for the human rights development path chosen independently by former colonized countries. In the current democratic state of international relations, no country should intimidate, oppress or preach to other countries. How can those former colonial countries claim themselves as "human rights defenders"? We urge relevant countries to abandon the practice of interfering in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of human rights, not to politicize and instrumentalize human rights issues, and not to force regime change in the name of human rights.

We call for increased economic assistance to former colonized countries. Bearing in mind that the prosperity of former colonial countries was built on the sacrifices of former colonized countries, the economic assistance provided by former colonial countries is not a favor bestowed, but an obligation to be fulfilled. In the context of the spread of the pandemic, developed countries should take more concrete measures in debt relief, development assistance, technology transfer to help the general realization of the right to development of former colonized countries.

We call for the eradication of the ideological roots of colonialism. Colonialism seems to have become a historical vocabulary, but there are still various forms in today's world, typical of which are hegemonism, racism, and xenophobia. All parties should uphold the concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind, carry forward common values of all mankind, and promote the healthy development of the global human rights cause.

The 48th session of the Human Rights Council adopted the resolution "The Negative Impact of the Legacy of Colonialism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights" submitted by China, which is expected to embark on the process of discussing and handling this issue within the framework of the Human Rights Council. We call on the Human Rights Council to continue to pay attention to this issue and play a greater role in effectively addressing the legacies of colonialism and promoting the development of the international human rights cause.

Thank you.