China explains why it stood up for Russia — Analysis
Beijing voted earlier against UN Resolution to Suspend Russia From Human Rights Council
China has explained its decision to vote against the UN General Assembly resolution to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, calling Moscow’s exclusion politically motivated and slamming the resolution as lacking transparency.
“We oppose the politicization and instrumentalization of human rights issues, the practice of selective double standards and confrontation on human rights issues, and the use of human rights issues to put pressure on other countries,”Zhao Lijian was the spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry. He spoke to journalists Friday.
He said that it was not open or transparent that the resolution had been drafted and that this would make its adoption impossible. “add fuel to the fire”By escalating tensions between parties and causing divisions at the UN.
On Thursday, the resolution was passed with 93 countries voting for it, 24 against and 58 abstaining. Russia stated that it was already planning to exit the Council at the expiration of its term.
Russia’s deputy permanent representative at the UN, Gennady Kuzmin, described the resolution as “an illegitimate and politically motivated step designed as a demonstrative punishment of a sovereign UN member state that is carrying out independent internal and external policies.”
In explaining Russia’s decision to quit the UN body, he declared that the Human Rights Council was “monopolized by a single group of states that exploits the mechanism to achieve their opportunistic goals.”He also said that “Russia’s true commitment to protecting and promoting human rights does not let us remain part of [this] international mechanism.”
Washington was the first to initiate exclusion of Moscow from Council. The resolution was introduced by a bipartisan group comprising American senators. As justification, the US used alleged Russian violations of human rights in Ukraine.
Moscow denies these allegations every time it launched its military operation against Ukraine, February 24, 2017. It claims that it intends to reduce casualties as well as attack only military targets in its declared goal of demilitarizing Ukraine.
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