The United Nations continues to beclown itself. On Nov. 10, the international organization’s Human Rights Council began reviewing the U.S. record on civil liberties. This means that countries like Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Iran, China, and other upholders of human rights will sit in judgment on the United States.
Each nation was given an opportunity to provide questions before the proceedings began. So far, China’s have been the only ones released publicly. However, the whole exercise exposes the remarkable hypocrisy of the United Nations, which determines the countries that are allowed to sit in judgment when it comes to human rights.
China Asks About ‘Systematic Racism’
One of the first questions the Chinese government posed was related to race relations and bigotry in America. “What measures has the United States taken to eliminate systematic racism, racial discrimination, white supremacy, religious intolerance and xenophobia?”
It would be a wonderful question if it didn’t come from a country known for brutally oppressing millions of Uyghurs based on their religion. Despite Beijing’s denials, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been capturing and locking up members of its Muslim population and placing them in concentration camps ostensibly to prevent radical Islamic terrorist attacks.
The Guardian reported that:
“Since 2017, Xinjiang in China has been reeling from a brutal crackdown outlawing both public and private displays of Uighur culture or identity, not to mention political dissent. A cornerstone of this repression, and the foundation upon which all other coercive measures are built, is an intense and unparalleled carceral regime: a network of hundreds of political indoctrination camps, detention centres and prisons. This has forced the region’s inhabitants not only into obedience but also into a chilling silence.”
The Guardian also reported that the Chinese government maintained about 380 camps designed to forcibly house Uyghurs. Each of these holds about 37,000 people.
Surveillance and Freedom of Speech Violations?
Another question that the Chinese government had was related to free speech and surveillance. “Will the United States end mass surveillance around the world and stop undermining the security of other countries and the freedom of expression, the right to privacy as well as other human rights of their people?”
Again, an excellent question were it not coming from an authoritarian regime that has poured time, money, and resources into developing the world’s most robust surveillance system to track as many of its citizens as possible. But even worse, it is selling this technology to other oppressive nations that would love to surveil their own people as thoroughly and efficiently as Beijing.
The Atlantic noted that the communist regime continues to develop new spy software to monitor Chinese citizens: “China is already developing powerful new surveillance tools, and exporting them to dozens of the world’s actual and would-be autocracies. Over the next few years, those technologies will be refined and integrated into all-encompassing surveillance systems that dictators can plug and play.”
The question becomes more ludicrous when considering that the CCP has imposed measures to curtail free speech in Hong Kong. Despite the resistance of pro-democracy demonstrators, the regime is still cracking down on citizens’ rights. The New York Times reported that “the police have since arrested more than 20 people under the new law, which lays out political crimes punishable by life imprisonment in serious cases, and allows Beijing to intervene directly if it wants.”
On Military Intervention
Last, but not least, China seemed curious about America’s foreign policy as it relates to military interventions. “Does the United States plan to end military intervention in other countries and stop killing their civilians wantonly? What measures have the United States taken to hold those accountable for killing civilians in order to prevent impunity?”
Well, the United States is currently in the process of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, while in September Beijing was involved in military skirmishes with India. The conflict stemmed from a dispute over a 2,100-mile-long border.
According to BBC News, “the two nations are also competing to build infrastructure along the border, which is also known as the Line of Actual Control. India’s construction of a new road to a high-altitude air base is seen as one of the main triggers for a clash with Chinese troops in June that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.”
Both countries blame each other for the hostilities, but China has already shown that it is willing to throw its weight around, especially when it involves bullying a weaker nation. Moreover, it continued to support North Korea’s nuclear ambitions until the Trump administration began talks with both countries. Even so, the CCP has been soft on the rogue regime, which indicates that Beijing has no business asking the United States about military intervention.
This circus of a hearing is yet another reason why it no longer makes sense for the United States to be involved in an organization that repeatedly shows it cannot be taken seriously. While President Trump slashed funding to the group, it seems appropriate that America should reconsider its connection to the organization. After all, what is the United States gaining from its membership in the United Nations?
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