China and Russia Stand Against UN Human Rights Development Goals

A high level United Nations meeting on human rights and rule of law has been held in New York. There was a debate on whether to place human rights and the rule of law as a core issue after the 2015 UN Development Goals. The EU and other Western countries believe human rights and the rule of law are a necessary foundation and a guarantee for continued development. Experts consider that the foundation of Chinese and Russian political domination is against human rights, freedom, democracy and rule of law.

On Monday June 10, during the United Nations General Assembly, delegates from all countries debated on the UN Development Goals after 2015.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening statement: Our organization is built on fundamental principles. We hold that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. We agree that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security. Poverty, inequality and injustice are an affront to these principles.

In 2000, the United Nations issued a Millennium Declaration. This included a series of development targets on eliminating half of global poverty, which ends in 2015.

Ban Ki-moon believes in the importance of human rights and the rule of law in reducing the vulnerability of the poor and building the future we want. Human rights and the rule of law will be central to these efforts – both as a means and an end.

However, Yao Shaojun, Permanent Counselor for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) objected to the inclusion of human rights into the United Nations development agenda. Yao also opposed the creation of any quantitative index on the rule of law. He said in his speech: “There are no universal roads and modes for the rule of law because it is an internal affair.”

A Russian representatives subsequently said: “There is no way to measure the rule of law.” He stressed it is not good to discuss human rights and the rule of law in the United Nations Development Forum.

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