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Statement by Mr. Yang Junzhi of the Chinese Delegation at the Dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances at the Third Committee of the 71st GA


Madam Chair,

The Chinese delegation takes note of the introduction by Ms. Es-Slami, Chairperson of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

Enforced or involuntary disappearances constitute extreme acts in violation of human rights and should be combatted and punished by all countries according to law. China upholds the rule of law and stands firmly against such acts. The Chinese Constitution and laws stipulate explicitly that citizens enjoy the freedom of person which no organizations, entities or individuals have the right to illegally constrain. The latest edition of our National Human Rights Action Plan also emphasizes that judicial organs cannot enforce measures or punishment that limit the freedom of person of citizens without constitutional or legal basis. China holds that both the prevention and elimination of acts of enforced disappearance and the relevant relief and compensation should be in strict compliance with the law of the country concerned.

China has been committed to the cooperation with special procedures including the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance and has always submitted in good faith replies to the communications from the Working Group. At the same time, we hope that in conducting its work, the working group will strictly abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the code of conduct for specialized procedures, uphold the principles of objectivity and impartiality, use true and verifiable information and engage in constructive dialogue and cooperation with national governments in our common endeavor to advance the healthy development of the international cause of human rights.

Thank you, Madam Chair.

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