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68 Global South Countries Give China Human Rights Cover at the UN

Wang Wenbin is a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In what’s becoming a standard tactic, China used its support across the Global South to counter a proposal from a U.S.-led group of rich democracies for a special debate in the UN Human Rights Council on China’s anti-Uyghur measures in Xinjiang. The measure followed a recent UN report [PDF] citing “serious human rights violations” in the region.

Pakistan submitted a joint statement on behalf of 68 countries labeling the situations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet China’s internal affairs, which should be exempt from external intervention. The countries weren’t named, but it’s safe to assume that most of them are from the Global South.

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