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China rejects Bachelet's 'baseless accusation', opposes politicization of human rights issues
China on March 1 resolutely rejected the "baseless accusation" made by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, voicing opposition to the politicization of human rights issues. 
Bachelet said China was restricting basic civil and political freedoms at the Human Rights Council on Feb, 26. Referring to China's Xinjiang region, she also said there was a need for a thorough and independent assessment of the situation. 
From: CGTN
China shares poverty alleviation experience with UN members
China's Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) on March 2 introduced China's historic achievement and hands-on experience in poverty alleviation to UN organizations and member states during a virtual briefing.
China has completed the task of eradicating absolute poverty, which is truly a miracle of human society, Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the UN said during his briefing.
From: CGTN
Experts discuss Xinjiang employment, labor rights at seminar
A seminar on employment and labor rights in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was held online on March 3 on the sidelines of the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The seminar was sponsored by the China Society for Human Rights Studies, and the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland.
Organized by the Institute for Communication and Borderland Governance and the School of Journalism and Communication of the Guangzhou-based Jinan University, the event drew experts and scholars from relevant human rights research institutions in China.
From: Xinhua
China publishes new book exploring human rights and the response to COVID-19
A compilation of articles by several Chinese legal experts, which has been published in English and Chinese languages, explores the role of human rights in the country's fight against COVID-19. 
From: CGTN
China' envoy to UN urges non-interference in China's internal affairs
A Chinese envoy to the UN Office in Geneva on March 5 urged related parties to stop interfering in China's internal affairs related to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), after a draft decision to improve HKSAR's electoral system was submitted to China's top legislative body for deliberation.
Chen Xu, China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Geneva Office, said that certain western countries, in the name of human rights, have pressured China over Hong Kong affairs. Their plot to interfere in China's internal affairs is doomed to fail, he said in a video briefing. 
From: CGTN
70 countries voice support for China on issues related to Hong Kong
Seventy nations voiced their support for China on issues related to Hong Kong at the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 5. Belarus delivered a joint speech on behalf of the group. They urged the relevant sides to respect China's sovereignty and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs. On the same day, China's Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva reaffirmed the need to improve Hong Kong's electoral system.
From: CGTN
Virtual seminar focuses on human rights cooperation under Belt & Road
Over 20 Chinese and foreign scholars exchanged opinions on human rights cooperation and achievement under the Belt and Road Initiative at a seminar held on the sidelines of the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 5.
The seminar held via video link was jointly sponsored by the China Society for Human Rights Studies and the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland.
From: Xinhua
Visible justice: Top court uses improved laws to better serve people
Chinese people's personal safety and livelihoods are protected by courts across the country, according to the annual work report delivered by Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) on March 8.
By listing typical cases courts in the country had tried in the past year, the report showed China's determination to protect its people's rights through legislation and justice trial.
From: CGTN
CPPCC Members' Corridor: Poverty eradication speaks of Tibet's progress in 70 years
In the past 70 years, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has witnessed historic progress in terms of socioeconomic development and provision of human rights under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said Lobsang Samdan, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top political advisory body, from Tibet's Ali Prefecture.
Samdan, who is also the vice chairman of Ali's CPPCC regional committee, was speaking during an event known as the Members' Corridor ahead of the closing meeting of the fourth session of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 10. 
From: CGTN
Poverty relief efforts improve human rights in Tibet: experts at UN side-event
Poverty reduction efforts in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region were praised for their positive role in human rights improvement at a symposium held in Beijing on March 9.
China's precision poverty alleviation endeavors have delivered what amounts to a historic achievement in the autonomous region and thus gone a long way toward ensuring local residents' inherent rights to subsistence and development, experts said at a side-event of the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
From: Xinhua
Western countries' unilateral measures condemned at UNHRC
Developing countries including China, Russia, Syria, Iran and Cuba on March 9 made a joint statement at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), condemning unilateral measures imposed by some Western countries. 
These measures have seriously violated human rights, and interfered in national sovereignty and internal affairs, said the statement. 
From: CGTN
Chinese envoy to UN calls for global unity in COVID-19 response
Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Chen Xu on March 9 called for unity in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of over 100 countries.
Chen said the global response should be people-centered and gender-responsive, and called for efforts to make vaccines accessible and affordable especially for developing countries.
From: CGTN
Over 60 countries voice support for China's stance on Xinjiang-related issues
On behalf of 64 countries, Cuba voiced its support for China's stances and measures on questions related to Xinjiang at a UN Human Rights Council meeting on March 12.
In response, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity, or religion but about combating violent terrorism and separatism.
From: CGTN
64 countries call for stopping politicization of human rights
At the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Cuba made a speech on behalf of 64 countries on March 12 strongly opposing politicization of human rights and double standards and supporting China's position on Xinjiang-related matters. In the joint statement, they also urged relevant parties to stop interfering into China's internal affairs. 
From: CGTN
Belarus expresses concerns about human rights situation in EU and U.K.
At the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Belarus made a speech on behalf of a group of countries on March 12 to express deep concerns about systemic human rights violations and abuses in the EU Member States and the United Kingdom and strongly urged the EU and the U.K. to address those systemic issues and improve in the field of human rights.
From: CGTN
Chinese envoy says 'Xinjiang genocide' claim is 'lie of the century'
Chen Xu, China's Permanent Representative to UN's Geneva Office, said on March 12 that allegations of "genocide" in Xinjiang is "the lie of the century," which is resolutely opposed and strongly condemned by all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.
Chen made the remarks at a press conference to elaborate on the policies and achievements of China in the promotion of human rights with the people-centered approach.
From: CGTN
Protecting Ethnic Minorities: Experts discuss China's ethnic minorities, human rights
China says it's always supported the development of its ethnic minority groups. A video conference was held on the sidelines of the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 12 with experts discussing the situation of ethnic minorities and protection of human rights in China. Participants from several countries, including China, Russia and Egypt talked about China's policies on its ethnic minority groups. 
From: CGTN
Chinese envoy refutes 'groundless accusations' at UNHRC session
Chen Xu, China's Permanent Representative to the UN's Geneva office, on March 15 called on countries, including the U.S., the UK, and Australia, to stop interfering in other countries internal affairs under the pretext of human rights. 
Chen's remarks were made at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council when he briefed the situation in China's Xinjiang and Hong Kong. 
From: CGTN
China rejects likely EU human rights sanctions
China is deeply concerned over the European Union's likely imposition of sanctions on the country related to human rights, China's ambassador to the EU Zhang Ming said on March 16.
"We are against interference in other's internal affairs, against sanctions and against groundless accusations," Zhang told an online seminar.
From: CGTN
China urges the U.S. to prevent domestic human rights situation from worsening
China on March 17 urged the U.S. to take effective measures to prevent its domestic human rights situation from worsening as the 46th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council reviewed the outcomes concerning the U.S. human rights situation. 
Commenting on the adoption of the outcomes of the U.S. Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Jiang Duan, minister of the Chinese mission to the UN in Geneva, said China is "deeply concerned" about the deterioration of the human rights situation in the U.S.
From: CGTN
China calls on U.S. to solve its own racism, discrimination
China on March 18 said it hopes the United States can listen to voices from its citizens and the international community and take concrete actions to solve its own issues of racism and discrimination.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, made the remarks in response to a recent report from the forum Stop AAPI Hate that revealed nearly 3,800 incidents were reported over the course of roughly a year during the pandemic.
From: CGTN
Xinjiang Officials, cotton farmers dismiss forced labor allegations
In a recent paper, German author Adrian Zenz accused Chinese authorities of forcing hundreds of thousands of Uygurs to pick cotton. But local farmers dismissed the allegations on March 18, saying the claims have caused them to suffer economic losses.
From: CGTN
China opposes interference in internal affairs of sovereign states under the pretext of human rights
China on March 18 reaffirmed its stated principle of non-interference and opposed the tendency of certain countries to meddle in the internal affairs of sovereign states under the pretext of human rights.
"Non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states is a core principle enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and a basic norm governing international relations," Chen Xu, China's Permanent Representative to the UN's Geneva office, said as he delivered a joint statement on behalf of a group of developing countries at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
From: CGTN
Chinese diplomat urges U.S., UK to address problems of racism, xenophobia violence
A senior Chinese diplomat on March 19 urged the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the "relevant" European Union countries to "address serious problems of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobic violence at home." 
Chen Xu, China's permanent representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), made the statement at the ongoing 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. 
From: CGTN
EU sanctions Chinese officials over 'human rights abuse' despite China warning
The European Union on March 22 imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials and a construction company for "human rights abuses" against Muslim Uygur community in Xinjiang despite a warning from China.
The four Chinese officials are Zhu Hailun, Wang Junzheng, Wang Mingshan and Chen Mingguo. The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau was also targeted.
From: CGTN
Regional government condemns sanctions imposed by Canada, UK and the U.S.
Authorities in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have condemned sanctions announced on March 22 by the European Union, Canada and the United States.  A spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government said the sanctions were based on lies and violated the human rights of the Uygurs and other ethnic groups in Xinjiang. He said the sanctions aimed to disrupt stability and development in the region.
From: CGTN
Hungary finds EU sanctions on China 'meaningless, pretentious and harmful'
Hungary finds the European Union (EU)'s sanctions on Chinese citizens to be meaningless, pretentious and harmful, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on March 22 during a one-day meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.
At the meeting, the Council of the European Union adopted unilateral sanctions on four Chinese individuals citing the so-called human rights issues in Xinjiang. 
From: CGTN
Chinese embassy slams UK's accusations on Xinjiang
China strongly condemned and firmly opposed sanctions imposed by the UK on Chinese individuals and entities on the pretext of human rights, based on lies and false information, Yang Xiaoguang, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Britain, said on March 22.
Yang made the remarks in live interviews with several British media, in which he took the opportunity to state China's positions on issues related to EU and UK's sanctions over alleged human rights issues in Xinjiang.
From: CGTN
Beijing hits back after U.S., EU, UK, Canada sanctions
China strongly condemns the Xinjiang-related sanctions imposed by the U.S., the UK, Canada and the European Union, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry on March 23, adding that the sanctions are based on lies and false information.
Such moves by these countries and the EU prove that they do not care about human rights or truth, said Hua Chunying, a spokesperson from the ministry. She accused them of interfering in China's internal affairs, using human rights as an excuse.
From: CGTN
China summons UK ambassador, lodges solemn representations over sanctions
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on March 23 summoned British Ambassador to China Caroline Wilson to lodge solemn representations against the UK's sanctions related to so-called human rights issues in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to a statement released by the ministry. 
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang on behalf of the Chinese government, expressed strong condemnation, the statement read.
From: CGTN
China refutes wrong comments in Indian media on Xinjiang-related issues
The Chinese Embassy in India on March 23 issued a solemn statement expressing strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the erroneous remarks of the Indian media publishing an article by a member of the National Security Advisory Board of India, which spread the lies of the so-called "genocide," "forced labor" and "suppression of religious freedom" in Xinjiang. 
From: CGTN
Western voice is not global voice
In a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Chinese city of Guilin on March 23, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reminded Western countries that their views do not represent global opinion. They released a joint statement calling on the U.S. to halt its double-standard practice and stop meddling in other countries' domestic affairs by using human rights as an excuse.
From: CGTN
China issues report on U.S. human rights violations
China's State Council Information Office on March 24 issued the Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020. 
Washington's incompetent pandemic containment, racial discrimination, continuous social unrest, and social inequality in America are covered in the report, as well as the U.S.' trampling on international rules.
From: CGTN
China votes against EU-drafted resolution on Belarus at UNHRC
China on March 24 voted against a draft resolution on Belarus submitted by some European Union member states to the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).  
The draft resolution expressed concerns about alleged human rights violations that occurred in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election in Belarus and in its aftermath. 
Chen Xu, head of the Chinese Mission to the UN in Geneva, said China always opposes interfering in other countries' internal affairs or harming other countries' sovereignty under the pretext of human rights issues. 
From: CGTN
Foreign companies should stop politicizing commercial issues: commerce ministry
China opposes any external forces interfering in China's internal affairs, including Xinjiang affairs, and opposes sanctions against relevant Chinese entities and individuals based on lies and false information in excuse of the "Xinjiang human rights issues," China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on March 25.
From: CGTN
UK is paying for seeking 'political correctness' on Xinjiang
In response to the UK's unilateral move over the Xinjiang row, China sanctioned UK individuals and entities on March 26. The decision is justified. It's also a warning to anti-Beijing Westerners repeatedly attempting to challenge China's bottom line.
From: CGTN
Beijing: So-called Xinjiang Uygur issue is U.S. strategic conspiracy
China's Foreign Ministry showed reporters a video during a regular press briefing on March 26 to demonstrate why the so-called Xinjiang Uygur issue is merely a strategic conspiracy by the United States aiming to destabilize China.
The video was of a speech made by Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, at the Ron Paul Institute's Washington Conference in August 2018.
From: CGTN
Russia opposes EU politicization of human rights
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on March 26 that it strongly opposes the European Union's politicization of human rights.
"The EU continues to pursue a policy of illegal, unilateral sanctions, which contradicts international law," the ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at her weekly briefing commenting on the EU position on human rights.
From: Xinhua
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