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Good morning, this is Kasmira. Today’s newsletter is less about “what works” than what didn’t work at the Human Rights Council for western countries after a proposal to discuss rights abuses in Xinjiang was voted down, in a major win for China. We explore what happened in our piece below.

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Chen Xu, Permanent Representative of China to the UN in Geneva speaks at a special session on Ukraine on 12 May, 2022. (Credit:UN Photo/Jean Marc Ferré)

Human Rights Council shuts down China debate proposal in close vote. A Western-led proposal to hold a debate on alleged human rights abuses committed in Xinjiang was defeated on Thursday at the Human Rights Council in a tight vote of 19 states against, 17 in favour and 11 abstentions. The vote was followed by a burst of applause from some delegates in the room.

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