Washington should seek election to the UN Human Rights Council to stand up for Uyghurs against Beijing

Hong Kong Free Press

October 20, 2020 | Hong Kong Free Press | By Omer Kanat

In 1945, 51 countries founded the United Nations. In the aftermath of the massive suffering of the Second World War, their objectives were simple: peace and security, social and economic progress and human rights.

This month’s election of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the Human Rights Council, the main UN body tasked with protection and promotion of human rights, places these objectives under threat. With Beijing actively undermining universal rights standards and implementing genocidal policies targeting Uyghurs, now is not the time for states to disengage from multilateral organisations. As the country most equipped to stand up to China, the United States should seek election to the Human Rights Council.

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