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A case study of Russian and Chinese state power efforts in the United Nations Human Rights Council

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By Sara Sivkova, Analyst KEDISA


The outcome of the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held from 12th September to 7th October 2022 was unprecedented. It was during this particular session, that a Western-led resolution on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation was adopted. It was not the only controversial resolution on the table as another country-specific resolution was negotiated among others, a resolution on the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, this time with a different outcome. This development at the UN Human Rights Council provokes questions about what might have influenced such results. Both of the countries in question have a controversial reputation in the international community as both are permanent members of the UN Security Council however, at the same time, they are not democracies, and their human rights records are rather imperfect.

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