Ambassador Kelly Craft
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
June 30, 2020
Exposing China’s Gross Human Rights Abuses
The world has known about the Chinese Communist Party’s gross and systematic abuses of human rights for decades, but too often turned a blind eye. I salute the United Nations special rapporteurs and human rights experts for courageously breaking this silence and standing up for the Chinese people.
The June 26 statement issued by the rapporteurs and experts reveals the true state of human rights in the People’s Republic of China. It outlines the CCP’s systematic repression of religious and ethnic minorities; the disappearance and detention of lawyers and human rights defenders; and the regime’s use of forced labor. The statement also notes that the PRC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has featured retaliation against journalists, medical workers, and others who questioned the PRC’s censorship and brutality.
I urge all my counterparts at the United Nations and in international organizations around the world to take note of this statement. The PRC’s human rights record is deplorable, and its efforts to disguise that record must be countered with more transparency, more discussion, and more truth, as the UN’s founders envisioned. The Trump administration will continue to lead those efforts, and will take every opportunity to give voice to those in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, and elsewhere who are prevented from using theirs.
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