More than 300 NGOs on Wednesday urged the UN to investigate human rights violations in China, specifically in three regions, namely Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet.
It is in an open letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres, to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, as well as to the Member States of the UN that the 300 NGOs have called “To act decisively” against human rights violations in China.
These organizations, which bring together more than 60 countries, are based on an initiative of 50 United Nations experts who called for “Decisive measures to protect fundamental freedoms in china” and denounced “Massive human rights violations committed by China in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang”.
These associations also criticize the attacks targeting activists, human rights defenders in particular, journalists, lawyers and any other dissenting voice in the country.
“A state that strives to stand above all critical scrutiny poses a fundamental threat to human rights. The fact that China – a state endowed with extraordinary world power – expects to be treated in this way affects us all ”, write the NGOs.
The signatories also criticize China for silencing “Initiatives that seek to take a close look at serious violations of rights and international crimes committed in countries around the world”, accusing Beijing of “Distort the mandate of the United Nations Human Rights Council”.
Another point criticized by NGOs is the fact that Beijing seeks to suppress dissenting voices even outside the country and to censor the internet.
Thus, these NGOs which are indignant at the inaction of international bodies demanded that Michelle Bachelet carry out her independent mandate by monitoring human rights violations committed by China and by publishing reports on this subject and opening a special session. of the Human Rights Council, and the appointment of a special envoy as is the case in countries experiencing conflict.