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Statement by Mr. Liang Heng of the Chinese Delegation at the Third Committee of the 70th GA under the Items 70 &71: Elimination of Racism and Right of Peoples to Self-Determination

2015/11/03

Mr. Chairman,

The Chinese delegation supports the statement made by South Africa on behalf of the Group of 77 and China and has taken note of the reports submitted by the Secretary General under this agenda items.

Racism tramples upon basic values of equality, freedom and justice, seriously violates human rights and endangers the progress of human civilization and the harmonious development of societies. At present, many countries are witnessing a resurgence of such phenomena as prejudice, xenophobia and racial discrimination; new forms of racism including Islam-phobia, neo-Nazism and skinhead movement are causing greater harm; and there has been frequent occurrence of using the internet to disseminate hatred and racism and using “freedom of speech” as a pretext to incite racial discrimination and vilify certain religion. Against this backdrop, our task of combatting racism and racial discrimination remains extremely difficult.

China is of the view that all forms of racism have deep and complex historical, political, social and economic causes. What we need to do is to take measures in political, legal, economic, administrative and educational areas in order to eliminate these causes so as to realize genuine equality, human rights and basic freedoms for people of all races and all countries. China strongly supports the various efforts of the international community to combat racism, stands for inter-civilization and inter-faith dialogue and exchange and supports the effective implementation of “zero-tolerance” policy regarding racism at the national and international levels. China appreciates the effort of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent for the full enjoyment of all human rights by people of African descent and supports the role of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action as the UN’s programmatic guidance in the area of combatting racism. We call on all parties to expedite the implementation of the Durban Declaration, the outcome document of the Durban review conference and the Program of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, thus making joint efforts to create a world free of discrimination, hatred and bigotry.

Mr. Chairman,

The right to self-discrimination is a sacrosanct political right of peoples of all countries to oppose external aggression and colonization, and safeguarding national sovereignty, independence as well as people’s dignity. The international community is duty bound to protect and promote the realization of the right to self-determination according to the UN Charter and relevant principles of international law. China consistently supports the Palestinian people in their just cause of realizing their right to self-determination and establishing their independent state. We support a greater integration of Palestine as a state in the international community and an early realization of comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. We hope that the international community and all parties concerned will work tirelessly to this end and push for continued progress of the Middle East peace process.

At the same time, exercise of the right to self-determination should respect the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and basic norms governing international relations. The right to self-determination must not be arbitrarily distorted and abused as an excuse to break up sovereign states and incite hatred between ethnic groups. A few individuals and organizations with ulterior motives openly advocate the separation of sovereign states under the pretext of the right to self-determination. Such acts should be condemned and opposed by the people of the entire world.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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