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11 Nations Including India, Abstained from Voting in UNHRC

According to persons, India has historically rejected or abstained from such country-specific resolutions in the UN Human Rights Council, knowing the circumstances. 

India and ten other countries chose not to vote against China in the UN due to the Xinjiang region's human rights crisis. China's assault on Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other primarily Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, carried out under the pretense of combating terrorism, has been extensively documented since 2017. 

At the 51st regular UN Human Rights Council session, India did not vote on a draught resolution calling for a discussion of the human rights situation in China's Xinjiang region. 

The draught resolution, which dealt a blow to the West, was proposed by a core group of countries in the 47-member Council, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the United States, and co-sponsored by several other nations, including Turkey. 

Only 17 members voted in favor of the debate despite the countries' attempts to garner support. The lands claimed that the Chinese government had violated the human rights of the Uyghur population in the province of Xinjiang. Nineteen members, including China, Pakistan, and Nepal, abstained. Brazil, Mexico, Ukraine, India, and 11 other members abstained. 

There was no agreement among UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member states despite the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHRfindings )'s in August that crimes against humanity may have occurred in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. 

The UNHRC finally decided to support China, with 19 members voting against the proposal and 11 abstaining, including India, Malaysia, and Ukraine. 

The resolution had the support of the Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, and Japan. 12 of the 17 OIC member states at the UNHRC cast pro-China votes on the Xinjiang resolution.

Several nations, including Turkey, co-sponsored the draught resolution on the situation in Xinjiang, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the US. 

The resolution responded to a recent study by Michelle Bachelet, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which uncovered several human rights cases of abuse in Xinjiang. 

Indra Mani Pandey, India's permanent representative in Geneva, stated that the progress made by the Sri Lankan government to meet the aspirations of the Tamil minority "remains inadequate" when defending India's vote on the resolution promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka. 


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