China: Comments on UNPO participation in the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR)
The Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the UN Office in Geneva, in a Diplomatic Note to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the Secretariat of the WCAR, dated 7 February 2001, forwarded the following comments on the UNPO:
We welcome the application of the UNPO to participate in the WCAR and hope it could contribute to the success of the Conference as well as world combat against racism. While applying to attend such an important international gathering as the Conference, UNPO enjoys no consultative status with ECOSOC. The Chinese government hopes that UNPO could abide by the purpose and principles of the Charter of the United Nations when conducting its activities, no matter prior to, during, or even after the Conference, as the other non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC consultative status.
Comment: The Secretariat is delighted by China's direct interest in UNPO activities. After all, China is a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council. We welcome China's comments and assure its government of our best intentions to abide by the UN Charter principles. In fact, since its founding in 1991, the UNPO has strived for the protection and promotion of fundamental rights wherever these rights are violated by oppressive governments.