A written statement has been submitted to the 49th session of the Human Rights Council on how corruption affects human rights. It argues that the persecution of Tai Ji Men is “a clear case of corruption.”
by Massimo Introvigne
On February 28, 2022, the 49th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council opens in Geneva, Switzerland. Among the written statements filed by NGOs that enjoy a consultative status with the United Nations’ ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) one has been presented by CAP-LC (Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience, Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience) on “Corruption as a Tool for Human Rights Violations and Religious Liberty.” The statement has been published on the web site of the United Nations (in some browsers, clicking on the word “English” is needed to access the document).
The statement mentions that scholars have recognized that corruption is a violation of human rights. “Thirteen years ago, CAP-LC states, the Maastricht Center for Human Rights in the Netherlands organized an important conference on corruption as a human rights issue, on October 22–23, 2009. The majority position at the Maastricht conference was that there is indeed a provision in international law that makes corruption a violation of human rights. It is article 2, number 1, of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.” The provision mandates that states should remove the obstacles to the full enjoyment of human rights by their citizens, and there is little doubt that corruption is such an obstacle.G2225275 Tai Ji Men