UN Calls On China To Respect Right To Peaceful Protests

People hold protest across Shanghai against CCP's zero COVID policy (Image Credit: Twitter/@Joyce_Karam/@eefjerammeloo)

Beijing: The United Nations on Monday urged China to respect the right to peaceful protests in the country.

The Chinese government is asked not to detain people just for participating in the peaceful agitation, as Beijing tries to control the nationwide series of protests and demonstrations.

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“We call on the authorities to respond to protests in line with international human rights laws and standards. No one should be arbitrarily detained for peacefully expressing their opinions,” UN Human Rights Office spokesman Jeremy Laurence said.

Demonstrations are held across China against the strict enforcement of its zero-COVID policy.

Under the new rule, authorities have blocked apartment buildings, and even cordoned off a neighborhood once a resident tests Covid-19 positive, causing great inconvenience to the people.

Several regions in China had been under lockdown for more than three months, and people blamed the lockdown for the deaths.

The Chinese police have even barricaded a street in Shanghai where protesters have gathered for the last two nights in anticipation of further rallies.

Protesters want the Chinese government to lift the lockdown. Meanwhile, some groups decried censorship and called for democracy and an end to the rule of President Xi Jinping.

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