The United States has accused China of trying to cover up human rights abuses in North Korea after Beijing banned the United States from broadcasting an informal UN Security Council meeting on North Korea’s human rights abuses online. It is reported by RBC with reference to Reuters.
“Some members of the Security Council are too eager to insulate the regime from accountability,” said US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Chinese diplomats, according to the agency, sent a letter to their colleagues in the Security Council stating that the discussion of this topic “will not bring any benefit” and the Chinese side was initially against holding this meeting.
China also argues that the 15-member UN Security Council should not discuss human rights issues. Such meetings should be limited to other UN bodies, such as the Council of the human rights organization or the General Assembly. “Using the UN web television for live broadcasting is a waste of resources,” said Chinese diplomat Xing Jisheng, commenting on a meeting hosted by the US and Albania.
To organize a webcast of the unofficial meeting, all 15 representatives of the Security Council countries must agree to it. According to Reuters, despite China’s decision to block the broadcast, the meeting was open to the media. North Korea did not take part in the meeting.
Pyongyang denies allegations of human rights violations and blames the sanctions on the country’s dire humanitarian situation. North Korea has been under UN restrictions because of its ballistic missiles and nuclear program since 2006.
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