More than 300 NGOs on Wednesday, Sept. 9, urged the United Nations to establish a mechanism to investigate human rights violations in China.
In an open letter addressed to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and member states, these organizations—including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch—denounced “China’s mass human rights violations in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, suppression of information in the context of the Covid-19 [CCP Virus] pandemic, and attacks on rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, and critics of the government across the country.”
These NGOs, from more than 60 countries, also accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of attacking human rights defenders abroad, repressing intellectual freedom outside of China, and censoring the internet.
The call comes before the start of the fall session of the 47-state U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, Sept. 14.
According to an Associated Press report quoted on Fox News, 50 independent experts working at the U.N. have already called for a special session of the Human Rights Council in late June to focus on the range of issues related to the CCP’s human rights record.
Among the measures demanded by the organizations at the U.N. level are the holding of a special session of the Human Rights Council, the appointment of a special envoy on the subject of China, and that Bachelet fulfill her independent mandate by monitoring and reporting on the CCPs widespread human rights violations.
While accusations against Beijing are multiplying, it is worth mentioning that the CCP has one of the five permanent seats on the Security Council.
The organizations that signed the petition stress that no country, no matter how large or powerful, should escape additional scrutiny of its human rights records when justified.
“The international community can no longer sit back and allow the Chinese authorities to trample on human rights at home and abroad,” said Joshua Rosenzweig, head of Amnesty International’s China team, in a statement.
One of the hottest issues facing the CCP is religious persecution. In fact, since the CCP took power by force in China in 1949, spiritual beliefs have been one of its main targets of repression.
As far as Christianity is concerned, many Chinese Christians refuse to go to the Three Autonomies churches—whose pastors and leaders are appointed by the CCP—and congregate in Protestant churches called house churches, which are persecuted by the authorities.
Other religious groups brutally persecuted in China include the Uighurs—especially in the Xinjiang region—and Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) practitioners.
In fact, leading British human rights lawyer Sir Geoffrey Nice QC recently called for the formation of an independent court in London to investigate whether the CCP’s abuses against Uighur Muslims constitute genocide or crimes against humanity.
Nice, who previously led the prosecution of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Court, presided over the Independent Court on the Forcible Removal of Organs of Conscience in China, known as the China Court. This court determined that it was “beyond doubt” that the state-authorized forcible removal of organs for profit has been going on in China for years and “on a significant scale.”
The Chinese court argued that these organs come primarily from imprisoned believers, most of whom are practitioners of the ancient Chinese practice called Falun Dafa.