Colombo, September 25: 65 countries, including Sri Lanka and Pakistan made a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council on Friday against interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of advocating human rights, a newsletter issued by the Chinese embassy in Colombo said.

The Global Times said that the joint statement by the 65 countries was delivered by Pakistan.The statement stressed that respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of states and non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states represent basic norms governing international relations.

Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet related issues are China’s internal affairs that brook no interference by any external forces. The joint statement reiterates support for China’s implementation of “one country, two systems” in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

All parties should abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, respect the right of the people of each state to choose independently the path for human rights development in accordance with their national conditions, and treat all human rights with the same emphasis, said the joint statement.

It also called upon all states to uphold multilateralism, solidarity and collaboration, and to promote and protect human rights through constructive dialogue and cooperation.

The joint statement emphasized that the 65 countries oppose politicization of human rights and double standards. They also oppose unfounded allegations against China out of political motivation and based on disinformation, and interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights.

GCC Joins Chorus

In addition, six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued a joint letter supporting China’s position. More than 20 countries expressed their support to China in their national statements.

Altogether, nearly 100 countries expressed their understanding and support for China’s legitimate position, Global Times said in its report.




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