China condemns use of human rights issues to interfere in other countries

China has declared that consistently opposes politicizing and applying double standard on human rights and using so-called human rights issues to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs.

“All countries should adhere to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, respect other countries’ sovereignty, political independence and efforts to promote and protect human rights,”, a Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China at the daily press conference held recently.

He was responding to a question raised by Shenzhen TV.

The question posed was “ the UN Human Rights Council held an Interactive Dialogue on the country-specific resolution on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Some western countries used this Dialogue to criticize Sri Lanka’s human rights situation, demand Sri Lanka carry out thorough investigation into human rights violations during its period of internal conflicts and pursue accountability, and ask the OHCHR and special procedures to step up supervision and intervention. Do you have a comment?”

The response by the Chinese Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman

“Wang Wenbin said: “ As a friendly neighbor, China sincerely hopes that Sri Lanka will maintain political stability, national solidarity and unity, and that it will make greater achievements in national development. China commends the efforts taken by the Sri Lankan government to promote and protect human rights, advance sustainable socioeconomic development, improve people’s livelihood, guarantee the rights of vulnerable groups, and continue to promote national reconciliation and combat terrorism.

China consistently opposes politicizing and applying double standard on human rights and using so-called human rights issues to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs. All countries should adhere to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, respect other countries’ sovereignty, political independence and efforts to promote and protect human rights, and reject moves that interfere in others’ internal affairs and exert political pressure. All countries should address differences in the human rights sector through constructive dialogue and cooperation, thus jointly promoting the sound development of the international human rights cause.”

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