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Ambassador Criticizes Political Confrontation on Human Rights
The head of the Chinese delegation to the 59th session of United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Ambassador Sha Zukang, criticized on Tuesday the political confrontation existing in the CHR, especially under the item on country situations.

He said that the ongoing 59th session of the CHR has turned a blind eye to the humanitarian disasters, blood-shedding and deaths occurring in a certain country of tens of thousands of women, children and the elderly.

"It has, however, claimed in all hypocrisy its concern about human rights of some other countries. It has even left no stone unturned to make things difficult for developing countries struggling with the process of globalization," he said.

Sha said China used to be a semi-colonial country. However, a peaceful, stable, progressing and developing China and its independent foreign policy of adhering to principles, upholding justice and defying power politics have made a few Western countries or a few figures feel uncomfortable.

As a result, they have bent on slandering China. It is with this mentality that China has become one of the targets of attacks and allegations.

The Chinese ambassador reiterated at the CHR session that the human rights situation in China today is at its best in history and will become even better.

He said over the past years, developing countries have called for the replacement of political confrontation with dialogue and cooperation. This entirely conforms with the Charter of the United Nations and the "Vienna Declaration and Program of Action."

"Facing today's situation in the CHR, we do see an absolute need to seriously reflect upon and effectively reform its work, particularly the way it tackles with the country human rights situations," Sha urged.

(Xinhua News Agency April 2, 2003)

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