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Delegation from the Federative Republic of Brazil


Position Paper



The issues before the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee are

(I) the rights of cultural and ethnic minorities with special emphasis on the detention of Uighur Muslims and

(II) the harmful impact of coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.

It is of the utmost importance to the Federative Republic of Brazil to remain actively involved in these matters. We hereby express our willingness to constructively contribute to a swift settlement on these issues within the international community. Our particular focus will be on harmonizing the respect of fundamental human rights and the sovereignty of any member state based on the internationally recognised principle of non-interference.

(I) Rights of Cultural and Ethnic Minorities with Special Emphasis on the Detention of the Uighur Muslims

 The Uighur Muslims are an ethnic group primarily living in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on Chinese territory. In the past decades, the Xinjiang Region has repeatedly been appalled by violent conflicts between supporters of local separatist movements and Chinese security forces. Due to a severe aggravation of the disturbances since 2008, the Chinese authorities set up a strict inspection of the region in order to prevent further endangerments of public security and policy.

 The Federative Republic of Brazil, as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), attaches the highest importance towards the maintenance and evolution of global human rights standards and invites all nations to join its endeavours in this field. By establishing governmental protection agencies such as the Fundação Nacional do Índio and by Art. 68 of our constitution