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'Human rights of Uyghurs must be respected but country-specific resolutions not helpful': India after abstention from vote against China Uyghur Muslims
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the human rights of people of Xinjiang should be respected. (Image Credit: twitter.com/MEAIndia)

'Human rights of Uyghurs must be respected but country-specific resolutions not helpful': India after abstention from vote against China

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 Oct 2022, 11:50 pm

New Delhi: A day after abstaining from voting against China on the issue of alleged human rights violations of Uyghur Muslims at the UN Human Rights Council, India on Friday said that the abstention is in line with its position that country-specific resolutions are never helpful and dialogue is the only way to resolve such matters.

At a press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the human rights of people of Xinjiang should be respected.

"India remains committed to upholding all human rights. India’s vote is in line with its long-held position that country-specific resolutions are never helpful. India favours a dialogue to deal with such issues.

"We have taken note of the OHCHR Assessment of human rights concerns in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China. The human rights of the people of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region should be respected and guaranteed. We hope that the relevant party will address the situation objectively and properly," he added.

India was among the 11 countries which abstained in voting against China for its alleged human rights abuse of the Uyghur Muslim population in the Xinjiang province.

The countries which voted against the resolution were China, Pakistan, and Nepal while 11 members abstained, including India, Brazil, Mexico, and Ukraine.

Since 2017, there has been extensive documentation of China’s suppression of Uyghurs.

China has continued to remain under the lens of human rights watchers for its alleged crackdown against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, under the guise of fighting terrorism.

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