The United Kingdom asks the UN for an “effective” human rights system and makes the situation in Burma, Russia or China ugly

Germany also attacks Moscow and Beijing, among others


The Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab, has called on Monday for an “effective” international human rights system, while he has spoiled the situation in several countries, such as Burma, Russia, Belarus or China, in this regard.

“We want to see an effective international human rights system that makes those who systematically violate them accountable,” said Raab during his speech at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, stressing that this body “must be prepared. to fully play this role. “

Otherwise, Raab has transferred his fear that the reputation of the United Nations Human Rights Council will be “badly damaged”. In this sense, during his speech, the British Foreign Minister has recognized that the role of the institution is “even more important” than ever, at a time when “atrocious violations of Human Rights” can be seen.

Thus, he pointed out that the United Nations Council “is not perfect”, stressing that “some of its members do not comply with Human Rights norms.” In this context, he has criticized that the institution’s agenda “systematically does not reflect” where the “most urgent” Human Rights issues are.

For this reason, he has gone on to list “the most urgent Human Rights situations” that can be seen today, among which Burma, Belarus, Russia, China and Hong Kong have stood out.

Of Burma he has said that his situation “worsens”, before assuring that the violations and abuses “are well documented”. Among these he has mentioned “arbitrary detention and draconian restrictions on freedom of expression”, criticizing that this crisis presents “a greater risk” for the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities.

From Belarus, Raab has reiterated that the August elections were “rigged” and has condemned the “brutal repression” that the president, Alexander Lukashenko, carries out “against those who call for change.” This, in his opinion, “has caused a human rights crisis.” “There is no other way to describe it,” he lamented, asking the Council to continue with a “comprehensive” investigation of these violations.

Referring to Russia, he called the situation “truly appalling and shocking” and recalled that it is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Thus, he has expressed his “deep concern” about the legislative amendments, constitutional changes and the condemnation of the opposition Alexei Navalni.

As for China, it has said that “no one can ignore the evidence” of the “deterioration of the human rights situation” and has asserted that, in Hong Kong, people’s rights are “systematically” violated, specifically alluding to the National Security Law passed by Beijing for the territory. “It is having a paralyzing effect on personal freedoms,” he added.

He also alluded to the situation in Tibet, a region to which access “continues to be severely restricted” and the “incredible” situation in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities face “torture, forced labor and forced sterilization of women”.


For his part, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has also criticized Russia and China, among other nations, during his speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“We will not remain silent when peaceful protesters and opposition leaders are attacked and imprisoned, as is happening in Belarus or Russia,” Maas said, according to the German news agency DPA.

“Our commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights leaves no room for the arbitrary internment of ethnic minorities such as the Uyghurs in Xinjiang or China’s harsh behavior against civil liberties in Hong Kong,” he added, before denouncing violations of the Human Rights in Burma, North Korea, Syria, Iran and Venezuela.

At the same time, Maas has promised to increase Germany’s voluntary contributions to the UN Human Rights office by almost 50 percent to 9.5 million euros.

During the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the 47 member countries, elected for a three-year term, closely examine the situation in particular countries or in relation to particular issues.

Resolutions adopted at the end of meetings are often the subject of heated debate behind the scenes. All countries can attend the meetings, but only the 47 member countries can vote on the resolutions.

On the agenda were, among other issues, the equitable distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 and the restriction of freedom of expression in many countries under the pretext of protective measures against the coronavirus.

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