Pakistan comes to rescue of China over crimes against humanity

13 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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In recent years, Pakistan and China have had a connection similar to that of two strong mafia families in the UN, helping one other out when it comes to human rights abuses.

In recent years, Pakistan and China have had a connection similar to that of two strong mafia families in the UN, helping one other out when it comes to human rights abuses.

They function independently, according to Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist of religions, who wrote about this in Bitter Winter, a publication on human rights and religious freedom. Nevertheless, when the international community criticise them for violating human rights, they each defend the other.

When Pakistan is accused of violating human rights due to its genocidal treatment of Ahmadis, everyday persecution of religious minorities, and strict laws that penalise blasphemy with the death sentence, China strives to prevent any censorship of Pakistan at the UN.

According to Introvigne, Pakistan is anticipated to respond in kind and support China when it is chastised for what the UN has now decided to refer to as its “crimes against humanity.”

Notably, when the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published a report on the state of human rights in Xinjiang, Pakistan emphasised the UN Charter’s principles of “respect for political independence, sovereignty, and non-interference in internal affairs of states,” among others.

Media report stated that if someone uses the term “non-interference” they are attempting to defend the unjustifiable.

Even the United Nations, where China has significant sway, has concluded that the Beijing government is committing “crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang. However, Pakistan asserts that because these are China’s “internal concerns,” the rest of the world should keep quiet.

Islamabad also commended Beijing for its “constructive involvement with the UN human rights system as well as the OIC General Secretariat, as indicated by visits of the previous High Commissioner for Human Rights and OIC delegation to China.”