Chinese Dissident, Official Trade Barbs at UN Rights Body

HRF condemns Chinese diplomat's effort to shutdown dissident Yang Jianli's speech at U.N. HRC. Read more in NY Times.

GENEVA — A Chinese diplomat repeatedly interrupted a speech by a prominent Chinese dissident to block him from addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, a failed attempt that bared China's sensitivity on human rights.

Yang Jianli, a dissident in exile in the United States, was disrupted seconds into his remarks as he questioned the Chinese Communist Party's right to represent China at the U.N. body. Yang was invited to appear before the Human Rights Council meeting by U.N.-accredited advocacy group UN Watch.

Chen Cheng of China's diplomatic mission stepped in and insisted that Yang's intervention "seriously affected the reputation of council, and it should be firmly opposed."

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