On September 7, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism once again staged an anti-China performance. On the eve of the 51st session of the Human Rights Council, she gathered together a bunch of special procedure mandate holders to make erroneous remarks on China and echoed the Xinjiang-related lies and misinformation fabricated by the U.S. and some other Western countries and anti-China forces, acting as their political tool to denigrate and slander China. The political nature of Ms. Aoláin and a few other experts has been clearly seen by the world and their anti-China show should be brought to an end.
China has made clear its stern position on the OHCHR’s so-called “assessment” on Xinjiang on many occasions. The “assessment” was produced by the OHCHR without the authorization of the Human Rights Council. It runs counter to the OHCHR’s mandate and seriously betrays the principles of universality, objectivity, non-selectivity, non-politicization and dialogue and cooperation. The “assessment”, based on presumption of guilt, uses disinformation and lies fabricated by anti-China forces as its main sources, deliberately ignores authoritative information and objective materials provided by the Chinese government, maliciously distorts China’s laws and policies, denigrates the fight against terrorism and extremism in Xinjiang, China, and turns a blind eye to the tremendous human rights achievements made in Xinjiang. It is a farce orchestrated by the U.S. and some other Western countries and a typical example of politicization and instrumentalization of human rights issues.
China pursues a people-centered approach and upholds that living a happy life is the primary human right, and has embarked on a human rights development path which conforms to the trend of the times and suits China’s national conditions. Terrorist and extremist activities were once rampant in Xinjiang, which severely undermined the security and stability in Xinjiang and trampled on the basic human rights of people of all ethnic groups there. After its successful and productive fight against terrorism and extremism, Xinjiang has seen no violent terrorist incident for more than five consecutive years. At present, Xinjiang enjoys social stability, economic development, cultural prosperity, and religious harmony. People of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang are living a fulfilling life in peace. Xinjiang’s human rights situation is at its best in history. It is well set out in the report Fight against Terrorism and Extremism in Xinjiang: Truth and Facts issued by China.
The special procedure mandate holders in question have been consistently biased against and hostile towards China, eager to be the “mouthpiece” of the U.S. and some other Western countries and anti-China forces, and their “vanguard” to smear China. They took all the lies and rumors concocted by the U.S. and some other Western countries and anti-China forces, and confounded right with wrong. What they have done shows no impartiality, objectivity and professionalism. They stood up openly for violent terrorists and put the rights of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang at risk. How can they claim themselves “human rights experts”? While maliciously smearing China, they fail to mention that the wars flagrantly waged by the U.S. against sovereign countries under the pretext of counter-terrorism have led to the death of hundreds of thousands innocent civilians, exposing explicitly their double standards and attempts to collude with the U.S. and some other Western countries to contain China.
China urges the special procedure mandate holders in question to immediately change course, stop abusing their mandates, refrain from serving the political interests of the U.S. and some other Western countries, abide by the Code of Conduct for Special Procedure Mandate Holders, and truly do something tangible for the promotion and protection of human rights.