When China’s human rights record was examined by the UN Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review on 22 October 2013, 141 countries made statements. Of those, only 25 voiced concerns. The rest applauded China’s approach to human rights, which blatantly rejects the concept of individual civil and political liberties.
While being praised for its policy of internet censorship and receiving support for its continued crackdown on those who “offend others in the name of promoting human rights”, few countries dared express more than passive misgivings about the abundance of pressing human rights violations carried out by the state. With China itself proclaiming a vast improvement in the situation in Tibet, including freedom of association to those who did not “undermine the legitimacy of the state”, meaningful critique fell to established democracies such as Canada, Australia and Germany to challenge the political lip-service that dominated the interactive dialogue at the Council.
The Freedom Rights Project’s Aaron Rhodes published an analysis in the Huffington Post. Read it here.