On Thursday, Western countries were severely defeated at the UN’s top rights council when they were unable to secure enough support to pass the first-ever attempt at a resolution that targeted China.
On Friday, Ukraine made it known that it had changed its mind about the historic decision it had made the day before, which prevented the UN Human Rights Council from discussing abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.
The UN’s highest rights council on Thursday handed Western countries a crushing setback when they were unable to secure enough votes to support the agency’s first-ever attempt at a resolution targeting China.
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United Stated and Western Nations drafted document :-
The United States and several other Western nations had drafted a document that essentially requested that the UN Human Rights Council discuss potential crimes against humanity committed against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang.
However, in a dramatic turn of events, the 47-nation council meeting in Geneva decided against convening a discussion on Xinjiang’s human rights by a vote of 19 to 17 with 11 countries abstention.
Numerous votes against and abstentions were expected in light of Beijing’s aggressive lobbying effort.
However, some were taken aback by Ukraine’s decision to withdraw from the vote, given that the country is embroiled in conflict and significantly depends on Western support as it fights Russia’s invasion.
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Ukraine changed its mind :-
Ukraine itself too seems to have changed its mind.
Taking the floor on Friday, Ukrainian ambassador Yevheniia Filipenko made an unusual request: “Reflect our opinion in favour of the adoption of the indicated decision in the record of the proceedings.”
Federico Villegas of Argentina, the council’s president, stated that while the body would “take note of your message,” “the result of the vote would stay as it was reported yesterday” was in compliance with the norms and practises.
The resolution on China would have lost by one vote even if the outcome had changed to reflect the altered vote.