The Facts

  • China faced a rare public critique over its human rights record by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday as part of the organization's Universal Periodic Review, which all UN member states must undergo every five years.

  • Though designed to encourage constructive recommendations, the review process that has seen more than 160 nations registering to take part in the discussions — meaning that each country had up to 45 seconds to speak — was marked by firm stances both pro and against Beijing.

The Spin

Pro-China narrative

China's progress in protecting human rights cannot be questioned. Such progress is remarkable and a testament to the PRC's continued devotion to respecting its diversity of culture, heritage, and ethnicity. As seen by the many commendations from the vast majority of countries present for UNHCR's review, despite the West's best efforts, the world continues to recognize the continued growth of China as an internationally renowned beacon for equality and respect.

Anti-China narrative

China continues to be disingenuous to the international community as it maintains a denial of the incessant human rights abuses across the country. While human rights defenders in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, and throughout China are silenced, tortured, and oppressed, Beijing continues to publicly reject acknowledgment of its crimes against humanity — a reality that only worsens year after year.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that The Economist will rank China as a democracy in the Democracy Index by June 2094, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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