Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Estonia Talking about Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues
2020/07/05

At the 44th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 30th 2020, the UK representative,on behalf of 27 countries including Estonia, made unwarranted accusations in a joint statement against China on issues related to Hong Kong and Xinjiang. China is strongly dissatisfied with it and firmly opposesto it.

Actually, Cuba representative made a statement on behalf of 53 countries at the 44th session of the UNHRC and welcomed the pass of the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. They stated that the move was beneficial for the steady and long-term success of the "one country, two systems" principle and Hong Kong's lasting prosperity and stability, and guarantees that Hong Kong residents can better exercise rights and freedoms in a safe environment. The countries reaffirmed that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China and Hong Kong's affairs are China's internal affairs. They stressed that non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states was an important principle of the UN Charter and a basic norm of international relations. Only the State legislature body has the legislative power on issues concerning national security. Any external forces should not interfere in it. On July 1st and 2nd, representatives of over 20 countries delivered remarks at the UNHRC to endorse the legislation. To sum up, more than 70 countries voiced their support for China's legislation at the 44th session of the UNHRC. Their just voice shows again that people have no problem telling right from wrong.

I would like to stress that every sovereign state has the inherent right to legislate in the interest of its national security. It is a common practice for a sovereign state to enact its national security legislation. The national security law for HKSAR is timely, necessary, reasonable and law-based. The law applies to four categories of criminal behaviors that gravely undermine national security. It targets a very few criminals but protect the vast majority of Hong Kong people so as to guarantee Hong Kong’s lasting peace, stability and prosperity and ensure the steady and sustained implementation of "one country, two systems". The legislation enjoys extensive support from Hong Kong residents and understanding from the majority in the international community. What should be pointed out is that the core content of the Sino-British Joint Declaration is to make sure that Hong Kong’s sovereignty right returns to China. The UK or any other country has no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right of “supervision” over Hong Kong after the handover. The national security legislation in the HKSAR is by no means a human rights issue, still less should it be politicized. Nothing can cover up the real intention to interfere in other country’s internal affairs even in the name of human rights.

Since last year, a large number of friendly nations and developing countries have been voicing their support for China's achievements in counter-terrorism and deradicalization in Xinjiang and measures to guarantee the human rights of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang according to laws well as their opposition to interference in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights. In the latest UNHRC session, on behalf of 46 countries, Belarus reaffirmed the support for China's Xinjiang policy in a joint statement.

Xinjiang-related issues are not about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about combating violence, terrorism and separatism. Xinjiang once suffered deeply from extremism, violent terrorism and separatism, which jeopardized the safety and property of the people there. Faced with severe challenges of violence and terrorism, the Chinese government took a series of anti-terrorism and deradicalization measures in Xinjiang to combat these activities and prevent their recurrence, which address both the symptoms and their root causes. Those measures, in compliance with Chinese laws, are China's concrete and effective steps in implementing international initiatives on counter-terrorism and deradicalization. Since the implementation of the measures mentioned above, there has not been a single violent terrorist case in Xinjiang over the past three years and more. People of different ethnic groups and religious beliefs in Xinjiang live together as equals, enjoy unity and harmony, and lead a peaceful and stable life. People's rights to life, health and development have been effectively safeguarded. It is universally acknowledged by the international community that China has contributed to the global human rights cause and counter-terrorism efforts.

The Hong Kong and Xinjiang related issues are totally China’s internal affairs which allow no foreign interference. China urges the relevant countries to abide by the basic norms of international law and international relations, stop distorting and slandering Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues and stop interfering in China's internal affairs in any way. China is resolute in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests. Those attempting to contain China's development will not succeed. China is willing to work with Estonia, on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs, to promote the healthy development of bilateral relations.

Useful links:

1、Joint Statement delivered by Permanent Mission of Cuba at the 44th session of Human Rights Council

(http://www.china-un.ch/eng/hom/t1793804.htm)

2、Joint Statement delivered by Permanent Mission of Belarus at the 44th session of Human Rights Council

(http://www.china-un.ch/eng/hom/t1794034.htm)

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