Author Topic: Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy  (Read 2767 times)

adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 12395
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy
Tom Miles
2 MIN READ

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang-rights/saudi-arabia-and-russia-among-37-states-backing-chinas-xinjiang-policy-idUSKCN1U721X

GENEVA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, Russia and 35 other states have written to the United Nations supporting China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters on Friday, in contrast to strong Western criticism.

China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22 ambassadors signed a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week criticizing its policies.

But the letter supporting China commended what it called China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.

“Faced with the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism and deradicalization measures in Xinjiang, including setting up vocational education and training centers,” the letter said.

The letter said security had returned to Xinjiang and the fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there had been safeguarded. It added there had been no terrorist attack there for three years and people enjoyed a stronger sense of happiness, fulfillment and security.

As well as Saudi Arabia and Russia, the letter was signed by ambassadors from many African countries, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Belarus, Myanmar, the Philippines, Syria, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

< Edited >

adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 12395
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
Did the Philippines really agree to China's policy in Xinjiang?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 11:27:45 PM »
Did the Philippines REALLY sign on of China's policy in Xinjiang?

https://twitter.com/adroth_ph/status/1150133171972739072


adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 12395
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
Looks like DFA Sec. Locsin posted this tweet 5 hour after my inquiry.

Nope folks, the Philippines never actually signed the document that the Reuters article claims

https://twitter.com/teddyboylocsin/status/1150213444785717248


adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 12395
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
Re: Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2019, 05:04:59 AM »
Evan Garcia was the signatory for the Philippines. Yup . . . we f*cked up.

Shared on the forum's FB extension here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/2366773096741857/

Official documentation here.

https://ap.ohchr.org/Documents/sdpage_e.aspx?b=10&se=204&t=2

Quote
We take note that terrorism, separatism and religious extremism has caused enormous damage to people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, which has seriously infringed upon human rights, including right to life, health and development. Faced with the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism and deradicalization measures in Xinjiang, including setting up vocational education and training centers. Now safety and security has returned to Xinjiang and the fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there are safeguarded. The past three consecutive years has seen not a single terrorist attack in Xinjiang and people there enjoy a stronger sense of happiness, fulfillment and security. We note with appreciation that human rights are respected and protected in China in the process of counter-terrorism and deradicalization.

If we are made to appear to support anti-Muslim policies in Xinjiang, imagine the propaganda value of such a move by media-savvy ISIS.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2019, 07:08:20 AM by adroth »

adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 12395
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
Re: Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2019, 10:57:17 PM »
Qatar Withdraws Support for China Over Its Treatment of Muslims
By Zainab Fattah
August 20, 2019, 6:48 PM PDT Updated on August 21, 2019, 7:57 AM PDT

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-21/qatar-withdraws-support-for-china-over-its-treatment-of-muslims

Persian Gulf nation tells UN it wants to remain ‘neutral’

37 countries had signed letter backing China against censure

Qatar withdrew from a letter signed by dozens of countries expressing support for China’s human-rights record despite growing international condemnation over its detention of as many as two million ethnic Muslim Uighurs.

Qatar informed United Nations Human Rights Council President Coly Seck of its decision to withdraw from the July 12 letter, which was signed by mostly majority-Muslim nations, according to a copy of the correspondence seen by Bloomberg. Several calls and e-mails to Qatar’s government communications office and the UN mission weren’t returned.

“Taking into account our focus on compromise and mediation, we believe that co-authorizing the aforementioned letter would compromise our foreign policy key priorities,” Ambassador Ali Al-Mansouri, Qatar’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, wrote to Seck on July 18. “In this regard, we wish to maintain a neutral stance and we offer our mediation and facilitation services.” His signature also appeared on the July 12 letter supporting China.

< Edited >