CHINA has launched a last-ditch bid to thwart attempts by Western governments to call on the United Nations to investigate its human rights record. The State Council yesterday published a lengthy commentary rejecting an earlier report by America's State Department on China's rights record. The move comes less than two weeks before the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva votes on a resolution that would require the UN to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate. 'I think this commentary is just a further move by Beijing to put political pressure on member states. China feels so insecure now,' said Xiao Qiang, executive director of the New York-based Human Rights in China. According to Mr Xiao, who will testify before the rights commission this week, the rebuttal issued by the State Council indicated Beijing was anxious to stop the resolution from being discussed at the UN. He said diplomatic officials in Geneva told him some member states on the rights commission had been under strong pressure from Beijing to abandon the resolution. He said the nervousness of China also showed on Friday when, during a commission discussion on religious tolerance, Chinese delegates took 20 minutes arguing over the wording of a written statement. China succeeded in stalling three previous resolutions put by the West by moving a 'no-action' procedural motion before voting on the resolution. Mr Xiao believed such a motion might not succeed this year. However, he said it would be difficult to predict the voting as intensive lobbying was still being conducted behind the scenes. Voting on the resolution is scheduled for March 7.