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May 18, 2010

AFP: US raises rights with China, mum on results

Filed under: Uncategorized — carryanne @ 9:30 pm
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AFP-The United States said Friday it raised concern with China about the fate of dissidents and hoped for regular dialogue on human rights, but activists saw little tangible progress.

The United States said it also spoke to China about religious freedom, labor rights, freedom of expression and treatment of refugees during two-day talks on human rights, the first such dialogue since May 2008.

Michael Posner, who led the US delegation, said he voiced “concern” to China about dissidents including Liu Xiaobo, the author of the bold Charter 08 petition for democracy, and human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

Posner declined to describe China’s reaction or even say explicitly whether he sought the prisoners’ freedom, stating only that the United States had asked for their release in the past.

“I don’t want to go into every case, but we genuinely are committed and spent time discussing very specific cases and very specific concerns in the areas where our disagreements are the most profound,” said Posner, the assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.

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