China contests remarks by UN rights chief on Sudan

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Posted: Jul 01, 2011 6:21 AM
China contests remarks by UN rights chief on Sudan

A Chinese diplomat in Geneva says the U.N.'s top human rights official went too far by criticizing China for failing to arrest Sudan's president.

Xia Jingge said in an email Friday that China is "strongly opposed" to remarks a day earlier by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Pillay told reporters she was "disappointed" that China welcomed Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir during a visit this week rather than arrest him to ensure he stands trial on war crimes charges.

The diplomat also said Pillay's remarks have "no legal basis" since China hasn't joined the International Criminal Court.

He said China also has "serious reservations" about the case alleging al-Bashir is responsible for atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region.