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February 9, 2009

China’s UN Human Rights Review

Human Rights in China

February 09, 2009
The examination of China’s first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report by the UN Human Rights Council concluded this morning. The Chinese delegation, led by Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong, dismissed concerns raised by many countries over China’s human rights practices as “politicized statements.” Li asserted that China has continued its efforts to “push for democracy and institutional promotion of the rule of law” so as to advance the civil and political rights of the people, and to “provide fundamental freedom” to the Chinese people. In a rare moment of naming names in such process, a member of the Chinese delegation said that the Chinese government “categorically rejects” Australia’s suggestion that China oppresses Tibetans.

A host of countries, including Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, raised wide ranging concerns and questions that related to:
human rights policies;

rule of law concerns, including the lack of an independent judiciary, attacks on lawyers and rights defenders, abuses related to the Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) system, the death penalty, and arbitrary detention;

freedom of expression, association and religious beliefs;

ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups, including women, children, and rural inhabitants;

press freedom for domestic and international journalists;

access to information, the state secrets system, and Internet censorship; and

independent civil society and the consultation process for preparing China’s National Report.

In response to the concerns raised, high-level delegates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme People’s Court, Ministry of Justice, Government Information Office of the State Council, National People’s Congress, and Ministry of Public Security declared that:
“China is a nation of rule of law and no one is above the law;”

“There is no censorship in China,” and the government “encourages” citizens to freely express their opinion;

the restrictions on journalists reporting on sensitive cases come not from the government but from the stakeholders;

there are comprehensive legal safeguards against the use of torture and there are no black jails in China;

the law protects lawyers in their work and no one is attacked for protecting the rights of people;

far from discriminating against ethnic minorities, the state in fact gives preferential treatment to them; and

people are free to worship in whatever religion they choose.

“The responses of the Chinese delegation raise serious questions about its capacity to engage in a constructive critical dialogue on urgent human rights concerns that have been documented and reported on by a range of UN human rights procedures,” said Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China.

What do they expect?!  Anyone who thinks that the communist party of China can fix itself and become normal (especially by it’s own will) does not GET IT.  This party does has been responsible for the unnatural deaths of 60-80 million of it’s own citizens during peacetimes due to it’s paranoia and selfishness over power.  This party has nothing but greed and no morals.  Some might think it is only certain members, but it is a lot more serious than that.  The anti-human rights and total corruption/power-mongering is led by the top.  It is like when the US embassy looked into organ harvesting, they took a guided tour by CCP officials of one hospital, who would expect them to admit these things.  In China during the cultural revolution, the CCP was responsible for cannibalism and wanton murder etc. and the people of China are still not allowed to discuss these issues, that is how the party maintains it’s power, so don’t expect them to hand that over.

The Xinhua propaganda outfit has titled their article (which means the res to the country’s publications must follow) China’s human rights achievements highlighted at UN review

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China’s whitewashed human rights report vs. Charter 08

When China’s human rights record comes up for review before a key United Nations panel on Monday, this nominally communist country will have two contrasting accounts of its human rights situation.

A petition signed by hundreds of Chinese intellectuals, ordinary people and even some government officials, calls the world’s attention to China’s lack of human rights, claiming “the decline of the current system has reached the point where change is no longer optional”.

“The Chinese government’s approach to modernisation has proven disastrous,” the manifesto titled ‘Charter 08’ says. “It has stripped people of their rights, destroyed their dignity and corrupted normal human intercourse. So we ask: Where is China headed in the twenty-first century?”

Inspired by Charter 77, a plea to the communist government of the former Czechoslovakia to respect basic human rights – made by that country’s intellectuals in January 1977- China’s charter was released online on Dec.10th on the 60th anniversary of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has since been signed by more than 4,000 people.

Dissent to government views on human rights though has been smothered inside the country. The dissemination of the politically sensitive Charter 08 has been banned and scores of the original 303 signatories to the document have been summoned to demand their retraction.

“As U.N. members prepare to debate China’s rights record, they should remember that this opportunity is one chronically denied to the vast majority of Chinese people,” says Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. Unnervingly for China’s leaders, Charter 08 links the 1989 Tiananmen “massacre of pro-democracy student protesters” with China’s failure to live up to the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The signatories are calling for an end to one-party authoritarian rule and laying out a vision for a rights-based society where leaders of all levels of government are elected, peasants enjoy the same rights as city-dwellers and freedoms of speech, expression and religion are protected.

“The political reality, which is plain for anyone to see, is that China has many laws but no rule of law; it has constitution but no constitutional government. The ruling elite continues to cling to its authoritarian power and fights off any move toward political change,” the charter says.

Authorities are especially touchy this year as it marks the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, as well as sensitive anniversaries for Tibetans and Falun Gong adherents. persian

The communist leadership is worried that the worst economic downturn in two decades and rising unemployment could spark massive social unrest that would threaten its monopoly on power.
Persian Xiaozhao: I Signed My Name After a Good Cry!

“The present situation of maintaining national security and social stability is grave,” public security minister Meng Jianzhu reportedly warned China’s leaders in January, according to state media.

HELP Bring to light China’s illegal vast torture and detention system

BEIJING (Reuters) – China defends its handling of human rights under the glare of international scrutiny this week, while homegrown activists are waging their own scrappier battle over secretive detentions in the nation’s capital.

A meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council starting in Geneva on Monday gives groups and governments a chance to press Beijing on secretive executions and jailed dissidents as well as labor camps and other forms of detention.

Despite the ruling Communist Party’s censorship and crackdowns on dissent, demands for rights are spreading throughout this increasingly diverse and fractious society.

“In a sense, this is the biggest human rights issue, because it involves so many people, it’s so widespread, and it’s so lacking in legal justification,” said Xu Zhiyong, a Beijing law lecturer and rights advocate who has organized “guerrilla” citizen rescues of detained petitioners.

The aggrieved farmers, workers and pensioners are then held in the unadvertised detention centers, many on Beijing’s southern outskirts and the backroads of other cities and towns. Zheng said he was hauled into one such “black jail” in the capital, driven back to one in his hometown and locked up until late last year.

“Local leaders want to protect themselves, so they try to hide us away, hide away our complaints,” said Zheng.

“The police told me I was there to learn the law. But they’re the ones who need to learn the law,” said Yuan Rongbao, a middle-aged ex-soldier from Yunxi who said he was also held in the station for a week last year after going to Beijing to complain about the demolition of his home.

In one recent raid, 30 clean-cut protesters waved copies of China’s laws against unlawful jailing and aimed video cameras at startled guards. Accounts and footage of their protests have spread over the Internet, and with other critical reports they are raising pressure on officials, said Xu.

Teng Biao, a Beijing rights lawyer who has also joined the campaign against the petitioner jails, said fighting such abuses needed both domestic and international activism.

“We need external pressure and scrutiny,” he said. “But the real improvements will need domestic breakthroughs, domestic campaigns. Without that, human rights can’t lay down firm roots.”

VIDEO black jails and the olympic lie please watch this, it is real, but it is only the tip of the iceburg.  The real places of unspeakable torture are not accessible unless someone makes a serious move.

UN discusses China’s human rights problems

The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a hearing today on China’s human-rights record. Like other U.N. confabs, it’s unlikely to result in concrete action. But any public attention to Beijing’s actions is a discussion worth having…….

Amnesty torture cartoon

bluepoliceThe Human Rights Council — home to Saudi Arabia, Cuba and other rights abusers — has rarely, if ever, lived up to its name. But that doesn’t mean that today’s meeting is without merit. China can be sensitive to diplomatic pressure on human rights. During the U.N. review last year of China’s commitments as a signatory to the Convention Against Torture, the delegation from Beijing was forced to provide information that otherwise might never have seen the light of day.

For today’s meeting, the advance questions submitted to the Council by its freer nations — the Czech Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Sweden — touch on some important issues, such as persecution of human-rights defenders, domestic censorship and allegations of torture. The Council may also raise last year’s crackdown in Tibet, Beijing’s iron grip on dissent during the Olympics, the one-child policy, “re-education through labor,” religious freedom and the detention of dissidents. Jerry Cohen and Eva Pils relate the story of recently “disappeared” human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng here.

China will deny every alleged offense, as it has done in the past, by citing a long litany of laws and human-rights conventions to which it has acceded. In its submission to the Council before today’s meeting, Beijing asserted that it implements its laws “in the light of China’s national realities.”

The irony of that statement is probably lost on its authors. It’s becoming harder and harder for Chinese authorities to suppress news of human-rights violations in the age of the Internet and cell phones. As China develops, its citizens are demanding better treatment. The more public attention is focused on that trend, the better.

February 5, 2009

CHINA: GOVERNMENT’S REPORT TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL WHITEWASHES ABUSES

Amnesty International

5 February 2009

Six months after the closing of the Beijing Olympic Games, the UPR presents a rare opportunity for the international community to systematically engage with China on the full spectrum of human rights concerns.

amnestyHowever, China’s government report omits reference to the on-going crisis in Tibet, the severe crackdown on Uighurs in China’s Western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and the on-going persecution of various religious practitioners, including the Falun Gong members.

“China’s national report fails to list some of the country’s most pressing issues,” said Roseann Rife. “Ignoring severe violations of human rights in the country undermines the goals and spirit of the UN UPR process.”
According to Amnesty International, the official report also fails to mention China’s systems of administrative detention, in which up to several hundred thousand individuals may be incarcerated without trial or access to a lawyer, and the need to reform the household registration system, which institutionalizes second-class citizenship for the hundreds of millions of rural labourers in the cities.

I am not at all surprised.  What are they supposed to do, come out and admit that they are psychopathic murdering fiends? (not China, we’re not talking about China here, we’re talking about the party).  Will anyone dare to ever actually take a good look at the truth?  Will Obama stick to his words and actually be a responsible leader?  The problem is, whoever takes the step to reveal the truth, will get ‘punished’ by the communist party.  The French president wanted to meet Dalai Lama, so the CCP ‘punished’ the leader by avoiding France.  They are terrified of the truth of their human rights record, TERRIFIED.  I KNOW what they have done and how they have gone to great lengths to make people believe they have not been doing those things.  It is incredibly sad to see their tactics working because the wonderfulness of revealing the truth is wayyyy better than the comfort of pretending there is no problem.  That’s my opinion, obviously not everyone agrees.  I wish they would…