India abstains from voting: For years, human rights organizations have raised concerns at the UN about the situation in the resource-rich region of northwest China, claiming that over a million Uyghurs have been imprisoned against their will.
Geneva/United Nations: On Thursday, India chose not to participate in the UN Human Rights Council’s vote on a draft resolution also calling for a discussion of the human rights situation in China’s unrest-plagued Xinjiang province.
India abstains from voting: UNHRC Raised Concerns
Since years, human rights organizations have raised concerns about the situation in the resource-rich region of northwest China, claiming that over a million Uyghurs have been arbitrarily jailed in a vast network of facilities Beijing refers to as “re-education camps.”
The 47-member Council also rejected the draft resolution on “having a debate on the status of human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China” with 17 votes for, 19 votes against, including China, and 11 abstentions from countries including India, Brazil, Mexico, and Ukraine.
These Countries Introduced The Draft
The draft resolution was introduce by a core group of countries, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was co-sponsore by a number of other nations, including Turkey.
A proposal to discuss the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang province was reviewe by the UN’s highest human rights committee for the first time in its history, according to Sophie Richardson, director of Human Rights Watch in China.
The Indications Of Voting
Also The extremely close vote, according to Richardson,. “Highlights the growing number of states willing to take a stand on principle and shine a spotlight also on China’s sweeping rights violations.” Even though the Council’s refusal to adopt the proposal is an abdication of responsibility and a betrayal of Uyghur victims.
Nothing, according to Richardson, “can wash away the stain of China’s crimes against humanity, exposed naked”. By Michelle Bachelet’s latest report, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“We call on governments, businesses, and the international community to execute the report’s recommendations and hold Chinese officials accountable for their international crimes,” Richardson continued. “We urge incoming High Commissioner Volker Turk to update the Council on his office’s findings.
Since late 2017, the UN Human Rights Office and UN human rights institutions have received serious claims. Of human rights breaches against Uyghurs and also other mostly Muslim populations in China.