16 June 2017

The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on human rights situations requiring the Council’s attention.


General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Attention of the Council


Christian Solidarity Worldwide said in China, Buddhists were targeted, and there were demolition orders issued by the authorities. The Christian population of a province were also targeted. Developments in Sudan were also of concern, where Christian churches were targeted. The Governments of China and Sudan should immediately cease the demolition of all religious buildings.

International Service for Human Rights noted that the Human Rights Council did not respond appropriately to non-cooperation by States, citing the harassment of civil society in Bahrain and China, and the suppression of freedoms and the outbreak of a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

World Environment and Resources Council drew attention to the abductions of Sindhi activists in Pakistan, which had been carried out to stop them from raising their voice for the fulfilment of their economic and development rights. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project would turn the Sindhi people into a minority in their own land. It called on the Council to stop atrocities against the Sindhi people and stop the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

United Nations Watch deplored that despite their membership to the Council, some Member States were still committing grave violations against human rights and holding political prisoners. The Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was still being held in jail in Saudi Arabia. Why did the Council remain silent? Venezuela, China and Cuba also held political and human rights defenders as prisoners. Burundi and Qatar were also committing gross and systematic violations against human rights.
国連ウォッチは、理事会に加盟しているにもかかわらず、一部のメンバー国は依然として人権に対する重大な違反や政治犯を拘留していたことに遺憾の意を表した。サウジのブロガー、ライフ・バダウィは、いまだにサウジアラビアの刑務所に収容されていた。理事会はなぜだんまりを決め込んでいたのか? ベネズエラ中国キューバも政治的人権擁護者を囚人として拘束した。ブルンジカタールも、人権に対する総体的かつ体系的な違反を犯していた。

Action Internationale pour la paix et le développement dans la region des Grands Lacs expressed concern about the human rights situation in Kashmir and in Gilgit-Baltistan. Both regions were systematically deprived of their natural resources. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor violated United Nations resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s cybercrime act damaged civil society.

Society for Threatened Peoples drew attention to the continuous violation of human rights, including religious freedom, in Tibet. China’s consistent repressive policies had been supported by intense regulations and control over religious institutions against the practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Most ethnic minorities in China were exposed to serious human rights challenges, significantly higher poverty rates, ethnic discrimination and forced relocation.

International Association of Democratic Lawyers called attention to the negative human rights impact of the so-called “Conspiracy Bill” adopted by the Japanese Diet in June 2017. The organization recalled that while countering terrorism States had to first and foremost ensure compliance with their obligations under international human rights law, and it urged the Japanese Diet to abolish the controversial bill.

Human Rights Now expressed grave concern over the human rights situation in the Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan States in Myanmar. The seriousness of allegations and the nature of the situation of the Rohingya minority called for increased international attention. Human Rights Now expressed hope that the Government would end the crimes committed by the military against the civilian population.

International Career Support Association stated that the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of speech contained inaccurate information about the Government of Japan’s alleged failure to uphold the freedom of speech and opinion. The organization voiced doubts about the methodology of the report and called on the Human Rights Council not to accept it.


Right of Reply


China, speaking in a right of reply, said a few non-governmental organizations for political purposes had made charges against China, which China rejected. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor was important for the development of the two countries and countries in the region, and would benefit people in the region. The human rights situation in Tibet was the best in history, with leapfrogging social development. In Tibet, there were hundreds of religious temples, and in Xinjiang Province, demolition projects did not specifically target religion. China encouraged and supported non-governmental organizations playing their positive role, but did not allow them to carry out subvertive activities and disrupt social stability.