Human Rights Council


Patricia Bührer

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Committee: Human Rights Council

Topic: Protecting the rights of the Rohingya in Myanmar

Country: People’s Republic of China

China understands the significance of the current refugee crisis in Myanmar in respect to the Rohingya minority. We value our friendship and trade association and feel the need to uphold our internationally well-known non-interference policy. Nonetheless, as an important ally of Myanmar in both political and economic regards, we could potentially have some influence on the crisis. In the past, we have agreed to temporary relief, and may be open to this possibility in an extreme situation of human rights violations.

China values peaceful coexistence very highly and derives foreign policy decisions from the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which include “mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence,” clearly stating the importance of respect for sovereignty and non-interference. This and the China-Myanmar Friendship Association (CMFA) reduce ...