Twenty-three countries condemned the regime of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Oct. 29 before the U.N. for the serious human rights violations it commits against religious minorities in China.

In a statement presented by UK Ambassador Karen Pierce to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, the 23 signatory states expressed growing international concern about the brutal treatment of religious minorities in China and called on the Communist regime to comply with international obligations on religious freedom.

“We share the concerns raised by the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in their August 2018 Concluding Observations on China regarding credible reports of mass detention, efforts to restrict cultural and religious practices, mass surveillance disproportionately targeting ethnic Uighurs, and other human rights violations and abuses in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” the statement said.

The countries that signed the document were Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The joint statement called on the Chinese regime to “allow the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and U.N. Special Procedures immediate unfettered, meaningful access to Xinjiang.”

However, a group of 54 countries, including states heavily questioned for their own human rights violations, such as Russia, Egypt, Bolivia and Pakistan, signed a joint statement praising what they consider “China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights,” Bloomberg reported.

Forced harvesting of organs from living persons

 The United Kingdom was also the seat of the Independent Tribunal on the Use of Organs of Prisoners of Conscience in Transplants in China, led by prestigious British lawyer Geoffrey Nice, which concluded in June that the Chinese Communist regime has for decades carried out the forced harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience, mostly Falun Dafa practitioners.

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual practice consisting of meditation exercises and moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance that has been persecuted in China since 1999, when then head of the communist regime -Jiang Zemin- ordered the eradication of the discipline, which at that time had between 70 million and 100 million practitioners.

“Many people have died indescribably hideous deaths for no reason, that more may suffer in similar ways and that all of us live on a planet where extreme wickedness may be found in the power of those, for the time being, running a country with one of the oldest civilizations known to modern man,” the tribunal said in its conclusions regarding the terrible crimes committed by the CCP regime in China.

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