Human rights according to the US

China pushes back in UNHCR saying the definition of human rights cannot be determined by the US alone

2 April 2021 | CCCA

It is a pity that China’s resolution on human rights at the 46th session of the UNHRC did not get much attention in the Western media. The resolution “Mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of human rights” proposed by China was passed with 26 votes, 15 votes against and 6 abstentions as reported by the US State Department.

According to DJT, a reader commenting in John Menadue P&I: “Interesting’ because there is a gathering momentum beyond the Western democracies, and a key ‘target’ of that momentum is this country precisely because it chose to front run the West’s Sinophobia campaign in ‘hawkish’ ways.

Last July, 54 countries signed a statement submitted to the UN, in support of China’s implementation of the “Basic Law” in Hong Kong. By the time of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, last month, those 54 countries had grown to 71, and a further statement of support for China over Hong Kong was tabled at that session.

At the same session, 64 countries, led by Cuba, tabled a statement of support for China that.

Through the Chinese Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, Hua Chenying, the Chinese dragon turned her fiery breath on the US reminding them of their poor human rights records, systemic racism against minorities, homelessness, starvation, lack of welfare, lack of gun control, wars, poorly managed Covid-19 with such sophistication that makes a mockery out of the US/Wests allegations of China’s human rights abuses.

Dr Alison Broinowski AM is Vice-President of Australians for War Powers Reform, wrote an opinion piece “Throwing stones in the Uighur glasshouse” about Australia’s role in joining the US making human rights allegations against China.

Like Alison, I feel that the current Chinese rebuttal was like the feeling of being inside a glass house where hail stones were hitting the roof incessantly.

The bipolarized views and politicizing of human rights are inevitable. However, China’s view or definition centered on the welfare lives of the people seems to gain some moral grounds on the international arena (voting pattern) which was also supported by a UN General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/75/237 31 December 2020) with 105 yes votes and only 14 against.

The olive branch issued by China is reasonable as it offers the world a collaborative approach in learning to improve human rights together and dropping the hypocrisy and arrogance. This is the only way to achieve world peace.

On 26 March 2021, Dr Henry Kissinger made the point that “US needs new understanding with China or it risks conflict”. This global statesman and wise man said “The United States will have to reach an understanding with China on a new global order to ensure stability or the world will face a dangerous period like the one which preceded World War One.”

Dr Kissinger has much to say about the construct in making the world a safe place for her inhabitants, and global citizens should take note of what he said in the article.

This commentary is supplied by the Chinese Community Council of Australia Incorporated: Founding President, Dr Anthony Pun OAM, President, Mr Kingsley Liu. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors.

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