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Seeking Equality: Expert: UN's policy on rights for minorities in tandem with China's ethnic minority policy
September 09,2021   By:CGTN
Sept. 9, 2021 -- An Asia-Pacific regional forum on seeking equality has been held online. Discussions focused on conflict prevention and protection of minority rights. Participants say they hope to contribute their ideas to the UN Human Rights Council session next year. Our reporter Yu Li speaks to one Chinese participant who says the country's policy on ethnic minorities fits in with the UN's agenda.
 
"Leave no one behind."
 
The UN promise for equality for all is being heeded.
 
A number of researchers and observers from the Asia-Pacific region shared their views during the virtual meeting.
 
"I'm a Tibetan girl."
 
One guest speaker was Zhao Xiaojing, who explained the principles of China's ethnic minority policy.
 
ZHAO XIAOJING Human Rights Research Center, Northwest University of Political Science and Law in China "The protection of the rights of ethnic minorities in China is based on an autonomous system in primarily ethnic regions. The logic of protecting the rights of ethnic minorities in China is based on ethnic unity, equality, and common prosperity."
 
The equality of all ethnic groups in China is enshrined in the country's constitution. Discrimination and oppression of any ethnic group are prohibited. Among the 55 ethnic minorities in China, Tibetans and Uygurs garner way more attention from the West than any others.
 
ZHAO XIAOJING Human Rights Research Center, Northwest University of Political Science and Law in China "Western society pays more attention to Tibetan areas and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region rather than to Tibetans and Uygur's themselves. They always are using human rights as an excuse, as an attempt to sabotage China's sovereignty."
 
Zhao says that every country and region has its own history and distribution of ethnic minorities. These factors should be considered when formulating protective policies for ethnic minorities. 

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