China Applauds Its ‘Enormous Progress on Human Rights’ with U.N. Approval

Breitbart | 11/12/2018 | Staff
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China’s state media outlets praised official Zhang Jun and its United Nations delegation on Monday for celebrating the country’s alleged human rights progress before the international forum, failing to mention Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s expansion of political re-education camps and terror campaigns against religious minorities.

China – along with several prominent serial human rights violators like Saudi Arabia, Cuba, and Venezuela – is a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which required Beijing to submit a report on its human rights situation for its Universal Periodic Review this year. The council approved China’s report last week.

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Zhang Jun, assistant minister of foreign affairs, addressed the Human Rights Council last week on China’s behalf, asserting that the country had made “tangible and enormous progress in human rights” since its last review five years ago, according to the state-run China Daily.

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“Over 120 countries spoke positively of the report and praised the concept and practice of human rights with Chinese characteristics,” China Daily claimed.

The Global Times, another government propaganda outlet, reported that the council “unanimously adopted the report submitted by China on Friday during the third round of the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland.” The Times went on to criticize Western media for allegedly ignoring that progress China has made through its “own standards and value system,” which does not match the West’s understanding of freedom and human rights.

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The newspaper typically takes the most vocal line in English against criticisms of Xi’s regime. Last month, the Global Times defended Xi’s policy of interning over one million ethnic Uighur Muslims in political re-education camps, where witnesses say they are forced to learn Mandarin, abandon their native Uighur language, memorize Communist Party propaganda songs, and eat pork as a rebuke to Islam, among other forced submissive activities.

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