Government officials in Beijing and Hong Kong say the national security law is needed to avert threats to national security, and that the rights and freedoms of ordinary Hong Kong people are being be protected.
People listen during a ceremony and vigil for the 215 children whose remains were found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, June 21, 2021.
Under the leadership of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel shied away from criticizing China over Xinjiang, and some of its most awkward exchanges with former U.S. president Donald Trump's administration were regarding infrastructure deals with China opposed by Washington.
"Where is their truth? Where is the openness that Canada has always shown and the responsibility that Canada has taken for the awful mistakes of the past?"
Jiang Yingfeng, a senior diplomat at China's mission to the United Nations in Geneva, rejected the statement on Tuesday as interference driven by "political motives".
China's statement about Canada was on behalf of several other countries, including Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Iran and Syria.
At the same meeting Chinese envoy Jiang Duan demanded Canada stop its violations of human rights in its own backyard.
"We urge Canada to immediately stop violations of human rights", he said, adding that United Nations bodies should "keep following the human rights issues in Canada". He called for a "thorough and impartial investigation" into cases of crimes against Indigenous Peoples and faulted racism and xenophobia in Canada.
Canada presented a statement from 41 mostly Western countries that echoed widespread concerns among human rights groups about detention centers in Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uyghurs and other minorities have been held.
Norton said there were reports of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, forced sterilisation, sexual and gender-based violence and forced separation of children from their parents by authorities in Xinjiang.
China on Tuesday politely declined UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's call for a meaningful access to verify the serious reports of human rights violations in the restive region of Xinjiang, saying she is welcome for a "friendly visit" but not to pursue a probe with presumption of guilt.
"Recognizing that a genocide is taking place is essential to taking action under worldwide law", Chong said in a statement.
"Historically, Canada robbed the indigenous people of their land, killed them, and eradicated their culture", the statement said. "We know that the world expects Canada to adhere to worldwide human rights standards". "We, too, expect no less of ourselves".
We have been closely monitoring its application and the chilling impact it has had on the civic and democratic space, as well as independent media, Bachelet said in an apparent reference to the police crackdown on journalists, specially on the independent media house Apple Daily whose editor and other staff faced prosecution.
"China is not recognising even that there is a problem". "That is a pretty fundamental difference".