Ukraine withdraws from UN referendum on Xinjiang

Ukraine changed its mind in a historic vote on the UN Human Rights Council’s refusal to discuss alleged abuses by Beijing in its Xinjiang province.oui“. This change of opinion – announced on Friday, the day after the vote – will be recorded in the final report of the 51st session of the Council, but it cannot in any case, according to UN rules, change the vote.

A narrow majority of the council’s 47 member states on Thursday rejected a proposal by several Western countries, including the United States and Britain, to discuss the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwestern China.

Kyiv, which brings significant Western support to the fight against the Russian aggressor, sprung a surprise on Thursday by withdrawing. Speaking Friday during a briefing on the vote, Ukraine’s Ambassador Yevhenia Pilipenko announced her country’s transition.

«We would like to require that the record of proceedings reflect our position in favor of adopting the decisionAbout Xinjiang, he said. As President of the Council, Argentine Ambassador Federico Villegas responded, “I take your point into consideration».

«As requested, the official record of the session will reflect your statement. However, as per norms and procedures, polling results (…) will remain as announced yesterday“, he explained.

This is the first time in the history of the top UN human rights body, which was created in 2006, that it has written a speech targeting China. 19 countries, including several African countries, rejected the draft decision. 17 were in favor and 11 abstained, including Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

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Beijing has received support from its traditional allies, such as Cuba and Venezuela, but also from Muslim countries including Pakistan and Indonesia.

China has been accused by Western countries and human rights groups for years of holding more than a million Uyghurs and the majority Muslim minority, including Kazakhs, in camps in Xinjiang. Beijing vehemently denied the allegations and the UNAn ally and ally of America and the West».

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