China and like-minded countries expressed grave concern over the violations of human rights in the US immigration detention centers at a sideline online meeting of the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday. The countries called for the US and other Western countries to give up hypocrisy and double standards on human rights and take concrete measures to protect the human rights of immigrants.

Themed on “Human Rights Situation in USA Immigration Detention Center,” the sideline activity, a video meeting, was jointly held by permanent missions to the UN in Geneva of China, Venezuela, Belarus, North Korea, Iran and Syria with diplomats from more than 30 countries, officials from Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, NOGs and reporters participating on Friday.

The security, dignity, human rights and basic freedom of immigrants should be protected. In recent years, the High Commissioner and the Special Procedures expressed concerns over US policies on immigrants, Ambassador Chen Xu, China’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva, and other International Organizations in Switzerland, said during the video meeting.

Chen noted that many countries have expressed grave concerns about the US and some Western countries’ violations of immigrants’ human rights and urged them to take measures to improve the situation. The meeting would help people to understand the real situation of immigration detention centers as well as the hypocrisy and double-standards of the US human rights policies.

Héctor Constant Rosales, the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations Office at Geneva, said at the video conference that the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened global inequality and some countries are imposing illegal, unilateral, coercive measures to contain other countries’ development. This is severely hurting vulnerable groups including women, children and seniors. Despite labelling itself a “human rights defender,” the US actually has a notorious record on human rights and should be ashamed of it.


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