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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 trumpets improvements in human rights record


China Human Rights"China has issued a white paper on its human rights achievements in the past year, admitting a poor record but pledging to improve human rights protections in the nation of 1.3 billion people."

The article goes on to say that much of China's recent rights progress cited in the 40-page paper was attributed to amendments added earlier this month to China's constitution including wording that "the state respects and safeguards human rights" and an amendment on protecting private property.

I have not seen the document yet but the Yahoo report says that the Chinese believe freedom of speech, religion and the press all witnessed improved protections during the past year but did not provide any detail to back up the claim

The Yahoo report goes on to say, not unexpectedly, that much of the white paper appeared written exclusively for foreign consumption with information selectively used and placed solidly within the context of rights improvements.

China is very predictable in the way it handles criticism as there is always some response either through Xinhua or the People's Daily. A "white Paper" its usually reserved for things considered greatly important. Previous White Papers have been about Xinjiang and the Uygur and one on Tibet.

I am off to find the original.