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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min at the Third Committee of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on Human Rights

2012/11/08
 

Mr. Chairman,

The past year witnesses positive developments in international human rights arena, many difficulties and challenges however remain. As globalization goes deeper and the economic crisis continues unabated, the instability and uncertainties in world economic growth have increased. And frequent flare-ups of regional turmoil and hotspots have together made it more difficult to achieve development and realize the rights to survival and development. Serious discrimination based on religion, color, gender and race continues to exist. Incidents of linking terrorism with certain religion and demonizing and defaming certain religion are on the rise. International human rights endeavor continues to be plagued by double standard and politicization. Some countries are keen on criticizing developing countries and interfering in their internal affairs by using human rights as a pretext. Disregarding and trampling on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, they spare no efforts to interfere in other countries' internal affairs in the disguise of protecting civilians and defending human rights. China is deeply concerned about all the above challenges and problems.

Mr. Chairman,

China views that to tackle the above-mentioned challenges and problems facing international human rights endeavor, the international community must steadfastly implement the following principles:

First, firmly adhering to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and refraining from interfering in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of human rights. Under the current international circumstances, it is of special significance and relevance to abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, in particular such important principles as respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in internal affairs, and to safeguard the authority and role of the United Nations. The international community should respect the path of human rights development and model for safeguarding human rights chosen independently by governments in view of their national conditions.

Second, rejecting politicization of and double standard on the issue of human rights and enhancing human rights dialogue and cooperation. Some countries always turn a blind eye to violations of human rights at home, but are keen on pressuring developing countries with country-specific human rights issues and creating confrontation in international human rights arena. This has undermined mutual trust among countries and impeded human rights cooperation. China is firmly op