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April 13, 2020 | Press Releases

Steube Condemns China’s Appointment to United Nations Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today introduced H.Res. 919, a resolution condemning the United Nations’ decision to appoint China a seat on its Human Rights Council.

“This is just another drop in the bucket for the United Nations’ failure to uphold the fundamental values of human rights,” Steube said. “The Chinese Communist Party openly violates freedoms of belief, expression and privacy and now the United Nations expects them to prosecute the violations they themselves perpetuate – this dishonest attempt to excuse China’s abhorrent behavior should have us all rethinking our decision to fund this organization.”

The Department of State highlighted China for engaging in some of the worst human rights violations in its 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

This resolution aims to hold China and the United Nations accountable for human rights violations and demands serious reform to the United Nations if the United States is to continue to participate and provide funding.

The United Nations’ decision follows questions raised over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Steube introduced legislation directing the Trump Administration to develop a plan to hold China financially accountable for the economic impact of the virus on the American economy.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.