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China's human rights record under international scrutiny

January 11, 2000

Human Rights in China (HRIC) welcomes the decision by the U.S. government to introduce a resolution censuring China’s human rights situation at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva this March.

HRIC praises the U.S. government for recognizing China’s intensified crackdown on dissent, including the persecution of human rights and democracy activists, Falungong practitioners, independent labor activists, leaders of unofficial churches and members of ethnic minorities. The seriousness of human rights violations in China warrants specific action from the Commission on Human Rights. HRIC urges the U.S. government to actively seek support from other Commission members to ensure passage of the resolution.

The announcement of the U.S. government’s plan to seek a resolution follows the Sino-U.S. agreement on terms for China’s entry into the WTO. "We have seen how the U.S. and other countries have put a great deal of effort into negotiations to bring China into the WTO," said HRIC Executive Director Xiao Qiang. "We need to see the same level of commitment to bring China in line with international human rights standards. The U.S. government’s pro-active move to introduce a resolution against China presents a good start."

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