UN body rejects historic debate on China's human rights record in Xinjiang
The defeat (19 against, 17 for, 11 abstentions) is only the second time in the council's 16-year history that a motion has been rejected and is seen by observers as a setback to both accountability efforts and the West's moral authority on human rights.
The United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were among the countries that called for the motion.
Shameful #HRC51 outcome on human rights situation in #Xinjiang. OIC states fail to stand with Uyghur Muslims. Somalia the only African state to actually stand against systemic discrimination. Ukraine abstention betrays values of solidarity and accountability to which it appeals. pic.twitter.com/r8nE2Q5L0o— Phil Lynch (@PhilALynch) October 6, 2022
There was a rare burst of applause after the result was announced in the packed Geneva-based council room.
China's ambassador had warned shortly before the vote that the motion would create a "dangerous shortcut" for examining other countries' human rights records.
"Today China is targeted. Tomorrow any other developing country will be targeted," said Chen Xu.
The U.N. rights office on August 31 released a long-delayed report that found serious human rights violations had been committed in Xinjiang, in a move that has increased pressure on China.
Beijing vigorously denies any abuses and has said it is "ready for the fight" if action is taken against it.