Expel China from U​.​N. Human Rights Council panel

Expel China from U​.​N. Human Rights Council panel

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UN Watch started this petition to Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres and

China was just appointed to a United Nations Human Rights Council panel where it will play a central role in choosing 17 different UN human rights investigators including the world monitors on freedom of speech, health, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention, each for 6-year terms.

Allowing China's oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

It's absurd and immoral for the UN to allow China's oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide.

By joining the UNHRC panel, China will be able to influence the selection of at least 17 UN human rights mandate-holders over the next year, known as special procedures, who investigate, monitor, and publicly report on either specific country situations, or on thematic issues in all parts of the world, such as freedom of speech and religion.

China will now help vet candidates for the critical UN human rights posts, serving as Chair of the interview processes for at least five of the mandates. Beijing will help decide whom to recommend for appointment, and in most cases, the council president appoints the experts recommended ed by the 5-nation panel.

The appointment of China comes despite the fact that the government in Beijing is widely considered to commit gross and systematic violations of human rights affecting its 1.3 billion people.

It's absurd for the UN to allow the Chinese regime, which as a matter of policy and practice arbitrarily detains human right defenders like Zhang Baocheng and Wang Binzhang, to help nominate the next two members of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Likewise, at a time when China has forcibly disappeared citizens who express dissent like the executive Ren Zhiqiang, who called Xi a 'clown' over coronavirus response — as well as upwards of 1 million Muslim Uyghur and minority group members — it is inconceivable that China would be allowed to influence the selection of the next member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

And how can China be involved in choosing the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, when the regime routinely imposes draconian censorship, and seeks to shut down dissenting voices?

Finally, as the world is suffering from the deadly coronavirus pandemic that spread like wildfire in Wuhan while China silenced doctors, journalists and other citizens who tried to sound the alarm, by what logic can the Beijing regime be involved in choosing the UN's next global monitor on the right to health?

This is absurd, and China's appointment threatens to undermine the credibility of the UN's highest human rights body — which already counts Venezuela, Pakistan, Eritrea and Qatar among its elected members — and is liable to cast a shadow upon the United Nations as a whole.

The UN often describes the UN human rights experts as the ‘crown jewels’ of its Human Rights Council, yet the world body only undermines their legitimacy by picking an authoritarian regime that oppresses human rights activists, dissidents and minorities to preside over the experts’ appointment.

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