(CNSNews.com) – Ban Ki-moon appears to have secured
Weeks after coming under fire from rights advocates for his muted response to the awarding of this year’s Nobel peace prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Ban during a visit to
In his meeting with Hu, Ban raised climate change, poverty-reduction, peacekeeping the Korean peninsula, and crisis in
Ban’s first term ends on Dec. 31, 2011, and members of the U.N. Security Council will take up discussion on his future early next year, ahead of taking a decision in October.
To win a second term, he needs the backing of nine of the Security Council’s 15 members and – crucially – no veto by a permanent member.
Four of Ban’s seven predecessor served two full terms. One died in a plane crash, one resigned early and
Ban, whose five-day visit came at the invitation of the government, praised what he called China’s leading role in countering the global financial crisis, promoting sustainable development, supporting peacekeeping and “protecting the rights of women and children.”
“Ban’s failure to raise human rights issues, even in private, with the Chinese president was inexcusable,” Philippe Bolopion, U.N. advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said by email Tuesday.
“If the secretary-general was in fact trying to secure
Ahead of Ban’s trip, Human Rights Watch had urged him to speak out on human rights and the case of Liu Xiaobo.
Even in opportunities he had to raise concerns about
The closest he came to challenging
“For me, we find those common values and shared principles in the United Nations Charter, as well as the body of international agreements that are the foundation of our common quest for development, peace and security and human rights,” he said. “In all this, we need
In two events in
His final engagement before leaving
Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China (HRIC) – an international Chinese non-governmental organization based in Hong Kong and
Earlier this month several U.N. human rights experts jointly called for
Hom said it would be “extremely disappointing if the secretary-general of the United Nations – especially one seeking re-election – did not demonstrate the human rights leadership” already shown by those officials.
The decision by the Norwegian award committee to honor a “criminal” in that way, the state-run China Daily declared, “broadens the suspicion that there is a Western plot to contain a rising
Citing sources inside
When the Nobel decision was made public, Ban drew criticism for issuing a lukewarm statement which not only did not call for Liu’s release but also reserved his concern for the possibility that “differences” over the award decision could “detract from advancement of the human rights agenda globally or the high prestige and inspirational power of the award.”
Ban voiced no such concern when President Obama won the 2009 award – a decision that also attracted some controversy – but instead called that move “very wise” and “great news,” saying he supported the choice “wholeheartedly.”
In contrast to Ban’s silence about Liu’s imprisonment, he did not hesitate last week to call again on Burma’s military junta to release political prisoners in that country, including Aung San Suu Kyi, another Nobel peace prize winner, who has spent three-quarters of the past two decades in detention or under house arrest.