23rd February 2021 – (Geneva) The 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council was held on Monday (22nd). Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday addressed a meeting of the 46th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland via video link.
Wang Yi said at the meeting that the “Hong Kong National Security Law” made up for Hong Kong’s long-standing legal loopholes in safeguarding national security. Implementing a major transition in Hong Kong’s situation from chaos and governance is conducive to the steady and far-reaching practice of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, and it also protects the legal rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents under the Basic Law.
Yi pointed out that nearly 3 million Hong Kong citizens have voluntarily signed in support of the “Hong Kong National Security Law”, and nearly 70% of Hong Kong citizens believe that after the implementation of this law, Hong Kong is safer and more stable, which fully demonstrates that the “Hong Kong National Security Law” has won popular support. He expressed that he is full of confidence in the future of Hong Kong. Regarding the human rights issue in Xinjiang, he emphasised that the essence of the Xinjiang issue is anti-violence, anti-separatism, and there is no genocide, forced labour, or religious oppression. He said that there are 24,000 mosques in western China, and the freedom of labour and religion of Xinjiang people is guaranteed. He said that China welcomes the visit of the United Nations high-level human rights specialists, but opposes that countries use human rights issues to pressure other countries and interfere in their internal affairs.
U.K.’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab addressed the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday on some of the most pressing current human rights situations including in Myanmar, Belarus, Russia and China. With regards to China he said that, “We stand with the growing number of international partners, UN experts and NGOs concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation that we see in China. No one can ignore the evidence anymore.”
He continued, “In Hong Kong, the rights of the people are being systematically violated. The National Security Law is a clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and is having a chilling effect on personal freedoms. Free and fair legislative elections must take place, with a range of opposition voices allowed to take part.”
“In Tibet the situation remains deeply concerning, with access still heavily restricted. Meanwhile, we see almost daily reports now that shine a new light on China’s systematic human rights violations perpetrated against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang. The situation in Xinjiang is beyond the pale. The reported abuses – which include torture, forced labour and forced sterilisation of women – are extreme and they are extensive. They are taking place on an industrial scale. It must be our collective duty to ensure this does not go unanswered.”