China shows little respect for human rights, UN High Commissioner says
Xi Jinping attends the opening of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing, China, Mar. 5, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/WU HONG
Geneva, Switzerland, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday said that China's actions on human rights did not match its words and the level of respect for basic liberties remained low in the country.
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday presented his annual report on human rights in the world to the UN Human Rights Council, criticizing the situation in China in the report.
"President Xi has called for 'people-centred development for win-win outcomes as part of a community of shared future for mankind,' a commendable ambition. Sadly, China's global ambitions on human rights are seemingly not mirrored by its record at home," the commissioner said.
"My office continues to receive urgent appeals regarding arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and discrimination, emanating from human rights defenders, lawyers, legislators, booksellers, and members of communities such as Tibetans and Uyghurs," he added.
Zeid said that many of the cases involved people fighting against economic, social and cultural injustices such as corruption, illegal seizure of land and forced evictions or destruction of cultural sites.