China's party paper trumpets U.N. rights
resolution as combating West's monopoly
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[June 24, 2017]
BEIJING (Reuters) - The West's
monopoly on rights has been dealt a blow by the United Nations' decision
to adopt a China-led resolution saying development promotes human
rights, an editorial in the official paper of China's ruling Communist
Party said on Saturday.
The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a China-led resolution
on "The Contribution of Development to the Enjoyment of All Human
Rights, the first time it had adopted a resolution on development
issues, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 70 countries, Xinhua
"For a long time, the international rights process and conversation has
been monopolized by Western governments," the People's Daily said in a
"Some people from the West often use the pretense of human rights to
export their own values and even to use them to meddle in other
countries' internal affairs," it added.
"The inclusion of the concept of 'development promoting human rights'
into the international human rights system signifies a major shift in
the global human rights conversation," the paper said.
China has long faced criticism over its poor human rights record from
international bodies and Western governments, which speak out against
stifling of civil society, as well as censorship and detention of rights
lawyers and activists.
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Chinese flag waves in front of the Great Hall of the People in
Beijing, China, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Beijing regularly rejects foreign criticism, saying that the
definition of rights used by the West is too narrow and ignores the
effort China has made on poverty alleviation and securing the rights
to education and freedom from hunger.
In the face of regular pressure from the U.N. rights council, China
has sought to gain the support of other U.N. members, often
developing nations, on rights issues to redress what it sees as
shortfalls in the current system.
Last week, Greece blocked a European Union statement to the council
criticizing China's human rights record, a decision EU diplomats
said undermined efforts to confront Beijing's latest crackdown on
China has previously refused to allow in some U.N.-appointed envoys
and others who were allowed to visit have complained of government
interference with their work, though the government pledged to
cooperate with the body in September last year.
(Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Eric Meijer)
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