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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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

China to publish white paper on human rights progress

People's Daily:

China Human Rights"China is expected to publish Tuesday a white paper on its human rights progress over the past year, an official with the Information Office of the State Council said Monday. "

In an interesting turn of events China is to publish one of it's famous "White Papers" on it's Human Rights progress, assured by the People's Daily to be packed solid of facts and figures.

These "White Papers" are usually self jusifying documents that are heavily "weighted" (to put a diplomatic spin on it) towards China's point of view. Early last year the PRC put out a"White Paper" on Xinjiang (read Uygur) in response to growing criticism of their attacks on Uygur freedoms and liberties under the guise of the "War On Terror" Whilst a good document generally in terms of facts and figures it tended to do a bit of history re-write. These "White Papers" need to be viewed in light of what they are: Justification exercises. If that is born in mind then they can be very useful particularly in giving insight into the Chinese mindset on a particular topic.

I await this one eagerly.

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