China will start a brand new three-year time period on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Jan. 1, 2021, after it was re-elected in October with 139 votes—which was 41 fewer votes than the final election.
Liberal Nationwide Social gathering MP George Christensen mentioned it’s a “stunning determination” given the Chinese language Communist Social gathering’s crimes towards humanity, likening the transfer to placing “Dracula accountable for the blood financial institution.”
“We’re speaking about somebody happening to the United Nations Human Rights Council who has disadvantaged life and liberty from Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, together with Catholics. Tibetan Buddhists. Uyghurs. Democracy activists. Human rights activists themselves,” Christensen advised The Epoch Instances on Dec. 28.
“Now they’re about to be rewarded with a place, with a chair; a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. It simply beggars perception,” he added.
The North Queensland member of Parliament mentioned it’s a slap within the face to human rights and it demonstrated that the United Nations was “a very failed organisation.”
“It’s actually placing Dracula accountable for the blood financial institution by having the Chinese language Communist Social gathering regime sitting there on the human rights council of the United Nations,” he mentioned. “When the Chinese language Communist Social gathering regime is forcibly harvesting organs from political prisoners, then to get a seat on the human rights council, as I say, it beggars perception.”
An impartial folks’s tribunal in 2019 discovered that Falun Gong practitioners had been the first victims of China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting—they’re killed for his or her organs, that are then bought on a profitable black market of transplant tourism.
A rising variety of international locations, amongst them the United States, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Taiwan, and Italy, have initiated or adopted measures to discourage organ trafficking practices.
Rolando Gómez, a spokesperson for the UNHRC, mentioned that whereas no nation has an ideal human rights report, no nation can escape the scrutiny of their human rights report no matter whether or not they’re a member of the human rights council.
“If a State thinks they’ll successfully conceal human rights violations they could have dedicated, or escape criticism by sitting on the Human Rights Council, they’re drastically mistaken,” Gómez advised The Epoch Instances on Dec. 29.
Gómez mentioned that the UNHRC is given legitimacy as a result of the vast majority of U.N. member international locations have served on the Council—119 out of 193 member international locations.
“This broad membership not solely displays the U.N.’s range, however it offers the Council legitimacy when talking out on human rights violations in all international locations,” he mentioned.
He added: “Think about a worldwide human rights physique that was solely accountable to and consultant of a handful of nations. It couldn’t credibly or successfully converse out towards or affect human rights conditions in a lot of the world.”
Gómez mentioned that the problem of the Chinese language regime committing pressured organ harvesting had been raised by NGO’s at Human Rights Council conferences prior to now, however mentioned this have to be addressed by China.
“Finally, it’s the duty of all States to take motion to enhance their human rights conditions and treatment any violations after they happen,” he mentioned.
The Chinese language regime’s re-election to the UNHRC comes after 921 lawmakers from 35 international locations earlier this month issued a joint assertion on Worldwide Human Rights Day to sentence the CCP’s decades-long persecution of the non secular observe Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, was launched in China within the Nineties, identified for its meditative workout routines and ethical teachings centered round three ideas: truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
Its rising reputation—about 70 million to 100 million adherents by 1999, based on state estimates on the time—was deemed a risk by the Chinese language regime, which then launched a brutal suppression marketing campaign in July 1999. Thousands and thousands have since been thrown into prisons, labor camps, psychiatric wards, and different services. A whole lot of 1000’s have suffered torture, based on estimates from the Falun Dafa Data Middle.
Levi Browde, the middle’s govt director, applauded the lawmakers’ stance, calling it “an unprecedented effort” to “cease the Chinese language Communist Social gathering’s injustices towards Falun Gong.”
“Collectively they ship a transparent message of solidarity to these struggling in China and an unmistakable rejection of the Chinese language regime’s marketing campaign to wipe out a peaceable religion practiced by tens of thousands and thousands in China, and world wide,” he mentioned in a press launch.