China: UN Human Rights Council

(asked on 20th October 2020) - View Source

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the government of China’s election to the UN Human Rights Council on 13 October, and (2) the impact of that election on that Council’s ability to hold the government of China accountable for the human rights situation in that country.


Answered by
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Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
This question was answered on 3rd November 2020

We are clear that all members of the Council, including China, should uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights. We have repeatedly made clear to China our grave concerns about the human rights situation in the country, including at the most recent session of the UN Human Rights council on 25 September, where we dedicated our entire national statement to China. We will continue to take a leading international role in holding China to account for its human rights violations, both at the UN Human Rights Council and by raising our concerns directly with Chinese authorities.

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