UN Human Rights Council Scolds Hong Kong Activist After She Slams China

CNS News | 9/17/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – A Hong Kong legislator and pro-democracy activist went to the U.N.’s top human rights body in Geneva this week to appeal for action in the face of alleged police brutality, only to be reprimanded by the presiding officer.

Human Rights Council vice president Carlos Mario Foradori told Tanya Chan that her statement did not fall within the parameters of the agenda item being discussed – “Promotion and protection of all human rights.”

Statement - Segment - Session - Organization - NGO

In her statement, delivered during a segment of the session devoted to non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives, Chan accused Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed authorities of endorsing “police abuse” against pro-democracy protestors.

“The police call protesters ‘cockroaches.’ Brutal crackdowns and pre-emptive violence against them are hence regarded as acceptable pest control, to curb free speech.”

Chan - Founder - Pro-democracy - Civic - Party

Chan, a founder the pro-democracy Civic Party, urged the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to support holding an urgent HRC session on the situation in Hong Kong, and the establishment of a commission of inquiry.

She ended by asking bluntly, “Why is China sitting here as a member of this Human Rights Council?”

Thanks - Speaker - List - Foradori - Ambassador

Instead of offering the customary thanks and moving to the next speaker on the list Foradori, the ambassador of Argentina, said, “I would like to appeal to the speaker to frame the statement within the context of the agenda item, strictly.”

The agenda item for the meeting (agenda item 3), was: “Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.”

Queries - Mission - Argentina - Foradori - Response

Queries sent to the mission of Argentina and to Foradori brought no response by press time.

However, HRC spokesman Rolando Gomez offered as explanation the fact that Chan’s statement had dealt with a particular country situation.

Statements - Item - Issues - Country - Situations

“Essentially, statements during agenda item 3 should address thematic issues and should refrain from citing specific country situations,” he said. “Had the...
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