A draft resolution in the UN Human Rights Council on holding a debate on the situation of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China was rejected with 19 members voting against it and 11 abstentions including India.
• A core group including Canada and USA presented a draft resolution to the UN Human Rights Council
• China voted against the resolution and India abstained from voting
• Human rights groups have been sounding alarms over detention of Uyghurs by China
What Are Human Rights Violations Against China?
Human rights groups want to draw the attention of the world towards the condition of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of the resource-rich north-eastern province of China for years. It is alleged that over one million Uyghurs have been kept in detention camps against their will. But Beijing calls them re-education camps.
What Was The Draft Resolution Presented By Core Countries?
A core group of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the USA presented a draft resolution to 47 members Human Rights Council to discuss the situation of Uyghurs in China. The draft was co-sponsored by a range of states, including Turkey.
But the resolution was voted out by 19 members including China voting against it and 11 abstentions including India, Brazil, Mexico, and Ukraine. Only 17 members voted in favor of the resolution.
What Did China Director At Human Rights Watch Say On The Rejection?
China director at Human Rights Watch, Sophie Richardson, said that the council’s failure to adopt the resolution was an abdication of responsibility and betrayal of Uyghur victims. He talked about his report and urged incoming High Commissioner Volker Turk to brief the Council on the report and called on states, companies, and the international community to implement the recommendations made by his office.
Human rights groups have been dragging the attention of the UN Human Rights Office and UN human rights mechanisms towards the human rights violations against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim communities in China since late 2017.