China Gets Appointed to UN Human Rights Panel
It’s hard to imagine anyone being particularly proud of or rewarding the People’s Republic of China for much of anything after their cataclysmic failure to respond to the coronavirus outbreak safely or swiftly. However, that seems to be precisely what is happening.
The United Nations (U.N.) gave the world more proof that they are utterly useless last week by appointing Jian Duan, a Chinese government official, to their Human Rights Council panel (UNHRC).
The U.N. Human Rights Council Conservative Group is a panel that decides who human rights investigators will be from all around the world. These people, once picked, will investigate and submit their findings on freedom of speech, enforced disappearances, health, and arbitrary detention. Therefore, the only five nations on the panel have a great responsibility and power that will basically decide how human rights abuses and situations will be handled within the near future.
Information is now coming through that proves early cases of coronavirus were popping up in Wuhan, China, as early as November of 2019. And yet, rather than report it and get a handle on its spread, the nation buried it. The power-hungry communist regime silenced early whistleblowers and doctors, punished those who didn’t follow their narrative, and then lied to the world about what was going on, causing thousands of unnecessary deaths, all of which are human rights violations.
Even now, China is not being transparent about what is happening with the virus in their nation. They are claiming there have been no new deaths in all of China, but reports are being leaked, proving otherwise.
At a time when China has just been found guilty of all of the vices mentioned above, many are coming out strongly against the U.N.’s recent decision, and rightly so.
Among those opposing the U.N.’s appointment of China is a group of seven Republican U.S. senators, including Ted Cruz, Marsha McSally, Kevin Cramer, Marsha Blackburn, Rubio, Cornyn, and Inhofe. The senators sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week to protest the decision.
Their letter read, “In this position, Jiang will provide China with the opportunity to play a central role in picking at least 17 human rights investigators, including those who look at freedom of speech, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention, rights abuses which the Chinese regime routinely perpetrates.”
According to the senators, these abuses and China’s recent disregard for human life “violates any credibility on human rights and should disqualify them from a position on the” panel.
Nikki Haley has also voiced her opposition, tweeting the irony of the U.N.’s decision, and adding, “You can’t make this up!”
House Representative Chris Smith, who is a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, also disagrees with the appointment.
As The Diplomat reports, Smith said, “There is no justification whatsoever in empowering a Chinese government official, Jiang Duan, to investigate human rights abuses until there is a reckoning with regard to China’s own record.”
And he is right.
How can you appoint someone to judge what is right and wrong concerning human rights, when that same nation has been over their head in those same abuses for years?
Even the executive director of U.N. Watch Hillel Neuer is speaking out against China’s inclusion. He tweeted last week, “No joke: #China joins U.N. Human Rights Council panel, where it will help select the U.N.’s next world monitors on freedom of speech, enforced disappearances & arbitrary detention – and on health. That’s like making a pyromania into the town fire chief.”
U.N. Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization, which is tasked with monitoring the U.N. Human Rights Council reported Neuer to add, “It’s absurd and immoral for the U.N. to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide.”
Well, hell, at this rate, we might as well and go ahead appoint a Nazi to the panel as well. I mean, that is how absolutely ridiculous this is. Let’s go ahead and take one of the world’s most notorious human rights abusers of the modern age and put them in yet another seat of power, and one that gives them the ability to judge the nations of the world on the same matters it fails so miserably at.
Thanks, U.N. You just proved how useless you are.