LettersChina human rights concerns: what exactly do the G7 mean?
- The group of wealthy nations must understand that what is most important to developed countries may not be so to developing societies
The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights has five categories of human rights: civil rights such as freedom of speech, political rights such as voting, economic rights such as income to buy food, shelter and medical care, social rights such as safety, and cultural rights such as indigenous people’s traditional culture.
Which human right is the most important? The right to life. Without life, there is no use for the other rights. What comes next? Economic rights. Without the income to buy basic necessities to support life, what good are freedom of speech or voting. What is third? The social right to safety.
The G7 must understand that what is important to developed countries may not be as important to developing nations like China where nearly 17 million rural people lived in poverty in 2018.
Therefore, the G7 must present evidence before making an accusation. Be democratic. Do not tell people in other places, such as Hong Kong, what makes them happy.
Therefore, when G7 accuses China of having human rights problems, it should first sort out the priorities for all human rights, and then specify which ones are being referred to.
P.Y. Chan, Ontario