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China and like-minded countries call for balanced human rights governance
update:March 02,2020
March 2,2020 -- Liu Hua, Special Representative for Human Rights of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered a joint statement on behalf of the Like-minded Group of Countries (LMG) during the on-going 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to continue to heed the voice of member states, in particular the developing ones, and advance all categories of human rights in a balanced way.
The LMG commends Michelle Bachelet for underscoring dialogue and cooperation, and hopes that the UN human rights chief and her office will abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, carry out relevant work in an impartial, objective, constructive and non-selective manner, oppose politicization of human rights and double standards, and stand against "naming and shaming" and exertion of public pressure.
Liu said that the LMG expects the UN human rights office to reflect seriously upon ways to advance global human rights governance for the benefit of people of all countries while investing more efforts in emerging and frontier human rights issues. In particular, she added, efforts should be redoubled in promoting economic, social and cultural rights and the right to development, underlining the importance of development and poverty alleviation to promoting and protecting human rights, and investing more resources in fighting racial discrimination, hate speech, terrorism and extremism, as well as protecting the rights of migrant children.
The LMG appeals to the High Commissioner and her office to respect the right of every country to choose its own path to achieve peace and development, recognize the progress and efforts of states, share good practices and experience in the field of human rights, and give more input in technical assistance in line with the country's needs and priorities.
The LMG also calls for immediate and concrete measures in ensuring equitable geographical representation and gender parity of the OHCHR staff in a transparent manner, in particular, in case of high-level officials.
By:Ma Caicai
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