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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

China: "Defense Team" Opens Case.


Peoples Daily

U.N. Human Rights Commisssion"China highlighted on Friday the right to national self-determination at the 60th annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR), saying that it is an important and irreplaceable human right. "

What China is essentially saying here is "bud out of our affairs as it concerns Human Rights in our country"

China has long maintained, and not without some justification, that the situation regarding human rights in China is unique and other nations and people should not attempt to impose their value systems on China. They argue the welfare of the whole must take precedence over the welfare of the individual.

Obviously, pre-empting criticism expected to come at this Geneva based U.N. Human Rights Commission annual meeting, the Chinese spokesperson has set the stage as to what China's "defense" will be.

But, whilst I have some sympathy for what China is saying, I do not believe their "unique position" justifies their excesses.

Yes, they are a populous country but so is India and the latter's record whilst not perfect is better than China's.

Yes, they have a diverse religious and ethnic base to contend with, but not more or less than a lot of countries.

No, I am sorry. This argument whilst going some way towards mitigation does not exonerate.

The problems in Tibet and the "Uygur Question" do not stem from population pressures, "terrorism" nor any other overriding human rights considerations. The problems are purely a result of race, religion and defense of what China see as it's national "integrity"

It is time they stop making excuses and start making some headway on Human Rights.

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