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19 Mar 2019

Collective on Chinese Finance and Investment, Human Rights and the Environment (CICDHA)

China commits to UN Human Rights Council to respect human rights in its foreign investments

"China Commits to the United Nations Human Rights Council to Respect Human Rights in its Foreign Investments" 19 March 2019

The People’s Republic of China (China) accepted 284 of the 346 recommendations suggested by dozens of countries in the context of its Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR)...before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In the session for the adoption of China’s UPR report, the Chinese delegation expressed  that their openness to welcome such recommendations “...fully demonstrates China’s determination and its open an active attitude towards the promotion and protection of human rights.”

... [T]he Chinese response to the recommendations oriented toward avoiding human rights violations in its investments abroad...constitutes an event without precedents for China and for the world.

...In this Third UPR, China accepted, among others, two recommendations from the diplomatic missions from Ecuador and Peru, which respectively point out: Promote measures that ensure that development and infrastructure projects inside and outside of its territory are fully consistent with human rights and respect the environment and natural resource sustainability, in line with national and international law and with the commitments from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and “Consider the possibility to establish a legal framework to guarantee that the activities carried out by industries subject to its jurisdiction do not undermine human rights abroad.”

...China also accepted recommendations from Palestine, Haiti,  Fiji, Republic of the Congo and Kenya, in which it exhorts this country to take into account the International Covenant on Economic and Social and Cultural Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and climate change in all Chinese investments abroad....

Apparently, and according to the commitments undertaken with the UNHRC, China has the task of developing an action plan to ensure that its investor companies respect the rights of local communities and the environment....