Calls to condemn PRC on rights issues


AFP

Dissidents from mainland China’s Uighur people, from Tibet and other groups, along with leading campaigner Wei Jingsheng, on Thursday demanded that the U.N. condemn Beijing for human rights violations.

The dissidents are in Geneva to express what they say is their frustration at the international community’s lack of condemnation of mainland China, year after year.

“The international body only deals with smaller countries on human right abuses, but when it comes to major countries like China, they are very reluctant to do that,” said Erkin Alptekin, secretary-general of the Netherlands-based Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).

“People like us say that the U.N. is biased,” he added.

Others lobbying the U.N.’s High Commission on Human Rights (UNHCHR) for a resolution included Chungdak Koren, a representative of Tibet’s Dalai Lama and Wei, a well-known dissident who was detained in the mainland for more than 18 years.

“A lot of people are losing hope in this organization for its selective, double-standard policies”, said Alptekin. “If the resolution was passed, that would give a lot of hope to the people.”

“Time is running out. We have difficulties controlling our young people at home. They are carrying out a lot of violence at the moment because of their hopelessness, desperation and frustration.”

“How can we give them some hope? This is the main thing we are worried about,” he added.

Alptekin was also representing the Uighur people, who make up a large part of the population of Xinjiang in northwestern China.

Since riots in 1997 the Chinese communist authorities have organized a major crackdown on separatism in Xinjiang, recruiting the help of neighboring central Asian republics and announcing scores of executions.