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UN Human Rights Vote Reveals China’s Power and the West’s Decline
Michèle Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council (U.S. Mission Geneva/YouTube)

The so-called “global community” that Western liberals frequently look to for formulating and implementing “global governance” showed its true colors by voting down a proposal by the United States, Britian, Canada, and other, mostly Western, countries to debate a UN report on human rights abuses and alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against its Muslim Uyghur population in China’s Xinjiang province. The vote in the UN Human Rights Council was 17 for debate, 19 against, and 11 abstaining. CNBC reports that the defeat of the motion to debate marks the second time in the council’s 16-year history that such a motion has been defeated. The vote was a victory for China and a defeat for the United States and the West.

In 2021, Biden and Blinken proudly and publicly reversed Trump’s withdrawal from the UN’s Human Rights Council.

The 45-page report, issued on Aug. 31, 2022, concluded that “[s]erious human rights violations have been committed” by Chinese authorities and found credible evidence of coerced abortions, forced labor, “arbitrary detention,” “family separation and reprisals,” “enforced disappearances,” and “patterns of torture or ill-treatment,” such as “forced medical treatment” and “sexual and gender-based violence.” The practices carried out by Chinese authorities, the report states, “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.” The UN previously issued a report detailing that China has detained more than one million people in camps in Xinjiang.

Countries that voted with China and against the United States include Cuba, Bolivia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Cameroon, Eritrea, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, and Venezuela. More surprising, and more telling, is the list of countries that abstained — effectively supporting a coverup of China’s crimes. That list includes Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, India, and Ukraine. Those countries were unwilling to anger China but perfectly willing to oppose the United States.

The Biden administration’s ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council, Michèle Taylor, predictably expressed “disappointment,” while also acknowledging that no country — including the United States — “has a perfect human rights record.”

China’s foreign ministry, meanwhile, called upon the Human Rights Council “to focus on … the serious human rights violations concerning the U.S., UK and some Western forces, including systemic racism and racial discrimination, the rights of refugees and migrants, rampant gun violence, unilateral coercive measures, and mass killings of innocent civilians in overseas military operations.” Oh, for the days of ambassadors Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick, who refused to descend into rhetorical moral equivalency with tyrannical communist regimes.

The governments of Brazil, Mexico, India, and Ukraine have signaled unmistakably that they fear China more than they respect the United States. The UN vote demonstrates China’s making inroads in Africa and Latin America, and it is a devastating rebuke of the Biden administration’s failed attempts to garner international support for opposing China’s expansionist foreign policy.

To be sure, objectively the UN Human Rights Council is a joke — Cuba, China, Sudan, Namibia, Venezuela, and some of the other countries on the council should under their current regimes not be able to serve on a “human rights” organization. But liberals and the Biden administration take the UN and its councils seriously. They really believe in global governance by a globalist elite. They try to align U.S. energy, climate, economic, environmental, and security policies with the globalist agenda.

In 2021, President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken proudly and publicly reversed President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the UN’s Human Rights Council. Blinken claimed that “U.S. leadership” of the council was the “best way to improve” it.

But China’s ability to win the support of a majority of the council’s members in order to cover up its massive crimes shows who really leads the council — and it’s not the United States or any of its Western allies. Trump was right to withdraw from the sham “human rights” council. By rejoining it and taking it seriously, the Biden administration has enhanced the council’s credibility in the “global community.”

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