The 51st Session of the Human Rights Council
12 September 2022 – 7 October 2022
Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
21 September 2022
Statement of Meezaan Center for Human Rights and Geneva International Centre for Justice
Delivered by Farah Caïdi
Thank you Vice President,
On behalf of Meezaan Center for Human Rights and Geneva International Centre for Justice I take the floor today regarding human rights in China, especially the violations perpetrated by the Chinese government against the Uyghur Muslim community and other minorities.
Although the high commissioner’s office report confirms what the global community already apprehended, the document itself is ground-breaking as it is an official recognition of the atrocities committed by China. It paves the way for immediate action by intergovernmental bodies and UN mechanisms.
To fasten the implementation of the reports’ recommendations, we urge the HRC to prioritise the persecution of Uyghurs and other minorities on the agenda. We join the request of many others for a special Council session to be held on this matter. Supporting the call of more than 50 UN Special Rapporteurs and experts in 2020 and 2022, we urge this council to establish a special procedure to examine the dramatic situation of Human Rights in China, especially against minorities. Finally, given the extensive amount of credible evidence brought to light throughout the years, we highly believe the implementation of an independent investigative mechanism is crucial to collecting, unifying and preserving the evidence.
Meezaan and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) urge this council to finally take action. Dear delegates, this situation is urgent and must shift towards seeking accountability for justice to be served.
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