WSJ editorial slams UN Human Rights Council for refusing to discuss Uyghur genocide in China

The Wall Street Journal editorial board published an article that criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council for voting against discussing the Chinese government’s human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims, a minority ethnicity in China.

“If pathological optimists still think the UN Human Rights Council cares about human rights, they might want to take note of the events of the past week,” the editors explained.

“A motion was tabled in Geneva to discuss China’s abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province, and the council voted 19 to 17 not to even discuss it,” they continued.

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Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur economist and human rights activist, holds a portrait of her father during the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Human Rights 2019 award ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg , in eastern France, on December 18, 2019.
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The editors called Cuba and Venezuela “regular lackeys”, along with other countries that were simply afraid to offend China, such as the small neighboring country of Nepal and others.

“Alongside China against the motion were regular lackeys like Cuba and Venezuela, as well as countries like Nepal, Indonesia and Pakistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates who don’t want to offend the China or who are trapped under its Belt and Road Initiative, they wrote.

The editors said the last four countries are Muslim countries refusing to discuss China’s persecution of Muslims.

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URUMQI, CHINA - JULY 07: Chinese policemen push protesting Uyghur women down a street on July 7, 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images)

URUMQI, CHINA – JULY 07: Chinese policemen push protesting Uyghur women down a street on July 7, 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images)

The editors noted an August report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that included interviews with former Uyghur detainees.

“A recurring theme was the description of constant hunger and, consequently, significant to severe weight loss during their periods in the institutions,” the report states.

“Nearly all respondents described injections, pills or both given regularly,” he continues.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC in Beijing, capital of China. , on July 1, 2021. (Photo by Ju Peng/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC in Beijing, capital of China. , on July 1, 2021. (Photo by Ju Peng/Xinhua via Getty Images)
(Ju Peng/Xinhua via Getty Images)

“Some also spoke of various forms of sexual violence, including cases of rape,” the UN report also found. This is the report that the United Nations Human Rights Council voted against discussing.

“[W]hat a shame. Everyone knows that the UN Human Rights Council is a chasm of moral equivalence. But if he can’t pass a motion simply to open a discussion about China’s abuses in Xinjiang, there’s no reason for it to exist, or for the US to continue to be a member. “, wrote the editors.

The Trump administration withdrew the United States from the UN Human Rights Council for similar reasons in 2018. At the time, former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, ” if the Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that defend human rights and protect countries that violate human rights, then America shouldn’t give it credibility.”

The administration’s decision to step down was triggered by a council vote condemning Israel while turning a blind eye to the wrongdoings of dictators and autocrats around the world.

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President Biden reinstated the United States on the United Nations Human Rights Council late last year despite longstanding criticism of him.

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