Pakistan, on behalf of 65 countries including Sri Lanka, delivered a joint statement against interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council on Friday.
The joint statement stressed that respect for sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of states and non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states represent basic norms governing international relations. Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet-related issues are China’s internal affairs that brook no interference by any external forces. The joint statement reiterates support for China’s implementation of “one country, two systems” in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
All parties should abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity, and non-selectivity, respect the right of the people of each state to choose independently the path for human rights development in accordance with their national conditions, and treat all human rights with the same emphasis, said the joint statement.
It also calls upon all states to uphold multilateralism, solidarity, and collaboration, and to promote and protect human rights through constructive dialogue and cooperation.
The joint statement emphasizes that the 65 countries oppose the politicization of human rights and double standards. They also oppose unfounded allegations against China out of political motivation and based on disinformation, and interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights.
In addition, six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued a joint letter supporting China’s position. More than 20 countries expressed their support to China in their national statements. Altogether, nearly 100 countries expressed their understanding and support for China’s legitimate position.