No More Chinese Communist Party

March 17, 2010

London Speaks up on China’s serious rights issues!

Filed under: Uncategorized — carryanne @ 11:18 pm
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Did the World Turn Normal Overnight?

CHINA’S record on civil liberties is a ‘serious cause for concern,’ Britain said on Wednesday in its annual report on human rights as Foreign Secretary David Miliband flew in from Beijing.

He said the Foreign Office report ensured that ‘the most oppressive governments who refuse to be held to account by their own people, they are at least held to account by the international community.’

>p>’I reject the notion that national sovereignty should be able to shield states from scrutiny,’ said Mr Miliband, who raised rights issues in Beijing including the fate of missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

‘China’s human rights record remained a serious cause for concern in 2009,’ the report said.

While Beijing had made economic and social progress, it had been ‘far slower on civil and political rights, with a marked deterioration in some areas,’ it said.

The report highlighted three issues: the ‘increasing harassment of defence lawyers; the treatment of detainees in relation to ethnic unrest… and the detention of human rights defenders and political dissidents.’ ‘A worrying number of people were imprisoned in 2009 for attempting to exercise their right to freedom of expression,’ it said. — AFP

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