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JOINT STATEMENT: TO THE 56TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

JOINT STATEMENT: TO THE 56TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
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Item 6: Interactive Dialogue on the adoption of China’s 4th Universal Periodic Review

Joint Statement – For immediate Release
04 July 2024
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

2 minutes. Italics only for written version.

Mr. President,
This is a joint statement, in solidarity with the victims of human rights violations committed by
the Chinese government.

Numerous UPR recommendations echo the long-standing, deep concerns of dozens of UN
experts and committees raised since China’s last review, including: stopping lengthy, arbitrary
detention on national security grounds of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists ;
ending Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location (RSDL) and all other forms of
enforced disappearances; putting an end to the cultural, religious persecution of Uyghurs and
Tibetans; repealing Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law; and respecting the rights of
women and the LGBTI community.

We regret that China dismissed 30% of recommendations received – unsurprisingly related to
the plight of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, feminist and LGBTI activists, human rights
defenders, lawyers and journalists – an increase from the 18% already noted five years ago.
This shows a blatant disregard for human rights principles. The claim that some are ‘already
implemented’ is nothing short of deceitful, in light of damning UN findings.

Many countries, including from the Global South, called for the implementation of UN Treaty
Body recommendations. To this, Beijing stated it (quote) ‘opposed [Treaty Body]recommendations that are based on false information’ (end of quote).

Beijing scrapped calls for unrestricted access to the country for UN experts: if no abuses are
being committed, then why not accept the 15 pending visit requests from UN experts?

Beijing’s facade as a constructive actor at the UN is shattered by its acts of reprisals against
human rights defenders throughout this UPR cycle, and by attempts to block NGO access to
this very room. We remind this Council that Cao Shunli died for trying to take part in this same
review process ten years ago.

Dear Council members,

How can this record be reconciled with any attempt to become a constructive, reliable
multilateral actor?

We are at a crossroads.

We urge China to genuinely engage with the UN human rights system to enact meaningful
reform, and ensure all individuals and peoples enjoy internationally protected human rights.
Recommendations from the OHCHR Xinjiang report, UN Treaty Bodies, and UN Special
Rapporteurs chart the way for this desperately needed change.

In the absence of genuine efforts, it is equally imperative that this Council establishes a
monitoring and reporting mechanism as repeatedly called for by over 40 UN experts since 2020.


Thank you,

Signatory organisations (with ECOSOC consultative status):
Anti-Slavery International
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
CIVICUS
Human Rights Watch
International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
International PEN
International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
Signatory organisations (without ECOSOC consultative status):
Campaign for Uyghurs
China Aid Association
Chinese Human Rights Defenders
China Rainbow Observation
Freedom United
Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect
Hong Kong Democracy Council
Hong Kong Watch
Human Rights in China
International Campaign for Tibet
International Tibet Network
Lawyers for Lawyers
Students for a Free Tibet
The Rights Practice
Tibet Action Institute

Tibet Justice Center

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Tibet Youth Association in Europe
Uyghur Human Rights Project
World Uyghur Congress
民間司法改革基金會 Judicial Reform Foundation