Why does Indonesia, a Muslim country, reject the Uyghur debate at the United Nations?

19 countries reject Uyghur debate motion at UN Human Rights Council

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Indonesia Revealed Reasons for Rejection of Proposed Debate on Human Rights Violations of Muslims Uighur in Xinjiang, at the UN Human Rights Council.

According to the director of human rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemenlu), Achsanul Habib, this refers to concerns about the politicization of UN agencies.

“Why are we taking a stand no? Because we don’t want the politicization of the Human Rights Council to be used for related purposes, such as political rivalry,” Habib told a press briefing in line, Friday (7/10/2022).

As is known, the United States (US) proposed a debate on human rights violations Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. The United States and China are always believed to have a dispute, such as the Taiwan issue. But Habib did not refer to it.

Habib explained that the Human Rights Council was formed as a constructive forum for countries to have an impartial dialogue and reach agreements with the aim of good results and meaningful progress.

He said, decision Indonesia This decision was taken after cooperating, coordinating and consulting all parties, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

According to Habib, extensive communication and discussions with OIC countries that are members of the Human Rights Council continue to be conducted ahead of the vote.

“With this development, the OIC has agreed that the Human Rights Council, in line with its mandate, should not be used for political purposes,” he said.

“We hope that the Human Rights Council is not picky, not selective in the choice of issues discussed,” he added.

Habib said, regarding the attention given to alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang, Indonesia considers that human rights instruments in this mechanism are not the only means.

Demarches with various parties, including China on a bilateral basis and the OIC have also been conducted.

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Habib pointed out that the most important thing in addressing human rights or conflict related issues is to prioritize inclusiveness and involve existing parties and this has been encouraged by the OIC in yesterday’s case.

“In the end, they disagreed and agreed to support the initiative whose sincerity is still in doubt in the process of discussing this issue,” he said.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HAM) on Thursday (6/10/2022) rejected a Western-led motion to hold a debate on alleged human rights abuses by the United Nations . China against Uyghur Muslims and other Muslims in Xinjiang. The defeat was obtained by voting 19 against, 17 for, 11 abstentions.

It was a hard blow for the West, whose draft resolution was presented by a small group, made up of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United United and United States. It is co-sponsored by various countries in its 47-member council, including Turkey.

These countries are trying to build support for a debate on the allegations of human rights violations against the Uyghur population in the province of xinjiang by the Chinese state, only 17 members voted in favour.

Meanwhile, 19 members voted against, including China, Pakistan and Nepal, while 11 members abstained, including India, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia and Ukraine.

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