Xinhua News Agency, Geneva, September 28 (Xinhua) -- Ambassador Li Song, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland, held a symposium on "The Negative Impact of Colonial Legacy Issues on the Enjoyment of Human Rights" at the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council on the 28th. He spoke at the meeting, urging the United States, Britain and other Western countries to reflect on the historical sin of colonialism and take action to correct their mistakes.

  Li Song pointed out that colonialism is the historical original sin of the United States, Britain and other Western countries, the darkest moment in the history of global human rights, and a scar that cannot be healed in the history of human civilization.

Humanity has entered the 21st century, and the legacy of colonialism still exists widely, with far-reaching legacy.

These countries must reflect on history and correct their mistakes.

  Li Song said that the human rights development path independently chosen by the former colonial countries should be respected.

In today's democratization of international relations, no country can bully, oppress or point fingers at other countries.

How can those colonialist countries in history call themselves "human rights defenders" today?

China urges relevant countries to abandon the practice of interfering in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of human rights issues, not to politicize and instrumentalize human rights issues, and not to force regime change in the name of human rights.

  Li Song said that it is necessary to increase economic assistance to the former colonial countries.

The prosperity of colonial countries was built on the sacrifices of the former colonial countries.

Their support for the former colonial countries today is not a gift, but a moral responsibility.

In the context of the spread of the epidemic, developed countries should take more concrete measures in debt relief, development assistance, technology transfer, etc., to help the general realization of the right to development of the former colonial countries.

  Li Song stressed the need to eradicate the ideological roots of colonialism.

Colonialism seems to have become a historical vocabulary, but there are still various manifestations in today's world, such as hegemonism, racism, and xenophobia.

All parties should uphold the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, carry forward the common values ​​of all mankind, and promote the healthy development of the global human rights cause.

  Li Song said that at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, the resolution on "The Negative Impact of the Legacy of Colonialism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights" submitted by China initiated the process of the Human Rights Council's attention and discussion of this issue.

China calls on the Human Rights Council to continue to pay attention to this issue and play a greater role in effectively addressing the legacy of colonialism and promoting the development of the international human rights cause.