Clash at the United Nations
(China) is seriously concerned about the violations of the rights of refugees and immigrants in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. “Following the fierce confrontation between China and Canada at the UN Human Rights Council, the meeting entered the third day yesterday (23rd). And China and the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Japan and other five countries in Geneva” , Is continuing.
At the meeting on the 23rd, the Chinese representative made several speeches during the discussion. According to the report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on Immigrant Human Rights, he expressed “serious concern” about the immigration policies of certain Western countries; The island’s decision to discharge nuclear contaminated water from the nuclear power plant accident has torn away the masks of hypocrisy in these countries.
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China is deeply concerned about the actions of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and other countries
Based on Hong Kong’s English-language media “South China Morning Post” and the United Nations website on June 24, the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council was held on June 21 and ended on July 13. On the third day of the meeting, the participants discussed issues such as immigration and housing.
The day before, China and Canada fought fiercely at the meeting with the support of dozens of countries.
On the 23rd, the Chinese delegation stated that China is “seriously concerned about the violations of the rights of refugees and immigrants by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.”
“These countries detain immigrants in detention camps with poor conditions, lack of food, water, and medical services for a long time, causing a large number of immigrant deaths around the world.”
China criticized the US government’s policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border: “Many children were taken away from their parents and family members and lost contact with them, leading to human tragedies.”
It is worth noting that the discussion on immigration issues at the meeting was centered around a report by the Special Rapporteur on Immigrant Human Rights (Felipe Gonzalez Morales), who focused on the “return” of immigrants on land and at sea. Impact on human rights.
“Refoulement” means that refugees and immigrants are forced to return to the border (usually just after they have crossed the border) without any possibility of applying for asylum or opposing the way they are processed.
The report vehemently criticized the U.S.’s refoulement policy, including the “Stay in Mexico” policy introduced in 2018, requiring asylum seekers to return to Mexico to wait for the results of their asylum applications.
“The Special Rapporteur expresses deep regret for the fact that the immigrants involved in the plan were forced to stay in Mexico while they were subjected to kidnapping, rape, torture, murder and other violent attacks.” The report reads.
In addition, the report also mentioned Australia’s handling of asylum seekers upon arrival from the sea: “Since 2013, about 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been forcibly transferred by Australia to the so-called’offshore’ in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Treatment facilities, their environment and conditions have had a serious impact on the health of asylum seekers, especially their mental health.”
The Chinese delegation urged the United Nations to “continue to pay attention to the violations of human rights in these detention centers around the world”.
China is deeply concerned about Japan’s decision to discharge nuclear contaminated water into the sea
In addition to the immigration issue, the representatives of China and South Korea also expressed their deep concern about Japan’s decision to discharge the nuclear contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident to the sea.
Minister Jiang Duan, the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland, pointed out that the Fukushima nuclear accident caused a large amount of radioactive material leakage, which had a profound negative impact on the marine environment, food safety and human health. The Japanese government has not exhausted safe disposal methods, regardless of domestic and foreign doubts and opposition, and without full consultation with neighboring countries and the international community, unilaterally decided to dispose of the nuclear contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident by way of drainage. Irresponsible.
China calls on Japan to actively respond to the concerns of the international community and immediately revoke the wrong decision.
South Korea’s Permanent Representative to Geneva Lee Tae-ho also expressed that he agrees with the concerns expressed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health on the issue of nuclear polluted water discharge from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. The Japanese government should disclose information transparently and fully negotiate with neighboring countries. Make a decision to make human health and environmental protection the top priority.
Later, the Japanese representative responded dryly and said that he would continue to provide relevant information to the international community.
It is worth mentioning that the day before the meeting (22nd), China and Canada, with the support of dozens of countries, had just had a fierce confrontation at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
On behalf of a group of countries, China spoke first, calling for a thorough investigation of the appalling cases of aboriginal abuses in Canadian history, and urging Canada to immediately stop human rights violations. After being “exposed”, the Canadian Minister to the United Nations represented Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, the United States and other more than 40 countries, calling on China to allow “independent observers including the Human Rights Commissioner” to go to Xinjiang to investigate the so-called “mass detention of Muslims.” “The phenomenon.
In this regard, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zhao Lijian pointed out on the 23rd the Canadian government’s prevarication in the incident of the remains of indigenous children, and this “crocodile tears” is exposing the hypocrisy of the Canadian government.
As early as the 22nd, Minister Jiang Duan made a joint speech on behalf of 15 countries with similar views, calling for respect for the diversity of the world, practicing true multilateralism, and opposing relevant countries to draw lines by ideology and artificially create divisions and confrontations.