On Tuesday, the UN General Assembly will elect 17 new member states to the 47-member council, whose role is to “promote universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms”.
China’s bid comes at a time when evidence suggests Beijing’s record on the human rights of individuals across the country is at a particularly low ebb.
Over the past month, Sky News has seen evidence of an abortion forced upon a couple, houses forcibly demolished before owners could remove their belongings and individuals detained for expressing displeasure with their government.
Since President Xi Jinping took office in March, his government has made no secret of its widespread and concerted effort to crack down on dissent.
Activists, journalists and well-established dissidents have been…
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