Tables were turned at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva after a joint statement initiated by China called for investigating systemic racism, racial discrimination, hate speech, xenophobia in the island nation that routinely makes these allegations against other nations.
“We express our deep concerns on the human rights situation in the UK. Severe systemic racism, racial discrimination, hate speech, xenophobia and related violence have long been existing in the UK,” said the Chinese delegation after delivering the statement.
The discriminatory actions are toxic residues of colonialism and trade in enslaved Africans in UK’s history, it added.
The joint statement signed by China, Belarus, Bolivia, DPRK, Iran, Russia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Venezuela urged UK to face up to its human rights problems, immediately stop all human rights violations, address the root cause of racial discrimination and hate crime, and carry out thorough and impartial investigations into cases of unlawful killings of civilians and other crimes, bring the perpetrators to justice and provide victims with remedies.
The Chinese alleged UK military service men have committed killings of civilians in overseas operations but are at large to this day. The UK is trying to shield them from due accountability by way of legislation.
The migrant detention centres in the UK are operating under poor conditions and the rights of migrants are severely violated. In addition, the UK spread disinformation and provoked confrontation out of political purposes, using human rights as a pretext to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs. “Politicised acts as such have seriously undermined international human rights cooperation and are deeply concerning,” said the Chinese delegation.