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China accepts UPR recommendations concerning its ETOs

At its 40th Session, held in Geneva from February 25 to March 22, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the Final Report of the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) Working Group on China. China had participated in the third cycle of the UPR which took place in November 2018. The report contains two recommendations related to the extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) of China which have been made during the UPR and accepted by the State.

China accepted to «promote measures that ensure that development and infrastructure projects inside and outside its territory are fully consistent with human rights and respect the environment and the sustainability of natural resources, in line with applicable national and international law and the commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development» (Recommendation 28.130). The country also committed to «consider the establishment of a legal framework to guarantee that activities carried out by industries subject to its jurisdiction do not negatively impact human rights abroad » (Recommendation 21.131).

Under the Human Rights Council UPR mechanism, the human rights situation of all UN Member States is reviewed on a five-year cycle. The outcomes of each review are reflected in the Final Report of the Working Group, which lists the recommendations the State under review has to implement before the next UPR.

You can find the Final Report of the Working Group here