China appointed to U.N. Human Rights Council panel despite human rights abuses, coronavirus cover-up

by Adam Ford · Apr 4th, 2020 1:14 pm
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China has been given a seat at a U.N. Human Rights Council panel where it will help vet candidates for important posts dealing with freedom of speech, health, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention, despite its egregious human rights record and recent cover-up of its coronavirus outbreak, both of which have and will continue to cost the world countless lives.

UN Watch reports:

China was appointed on Wednesday to a United Nations Human Rights Council panel where it will play a key role in picking the world body's human rights investigators — including global monitors on freedom of speech, health, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention — in a move that has sparked protest by international human rights activists.

"Allowing China's oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization based in Geneva that closely monitors the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council, and a leader in speaking out at the UN for victims in China.


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