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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 23, 2004

State Department Noon Briefing, March 22, 2004

State Department Noon Briefing, March 22, 2004

U.N. Human Rights CommisssionI have touched on this before today, the fact that the U.S. will sponsor a resolution at the currently running U.N. Human Rights Commission sessions in Geneva.

I point to this particular State Department briefing for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, one of the reporters questioned why it took so long to table the resolution. It is a question that have I asked myself over the last week and abit. I got the impression that maybe it would not happen and then if it were possibly to happen the delay may evidence some on going discussion or negotiation with China.

The spokesman's response does not throw much light on any reasons for delay (if in fact you can call it delay) What did come through however was that perhaps there is not a lot of support for the resolution from other member countries.

In response to a straightforward question as to what support the U.S. has, he answered.

MR. BOUCHER: (State Department Spokesperson) I think -- I don't think I can make that kind of judgment at this point, that there's -- obviously, there are other people who are concerned about the situation in China. It's sometimes difficult to turn that concern into actual votes in the Commission, frankly.

Not a particularly encouraging reply. All in all very unpromising.

These resolutions that the U.S. has sponsored against China each year it has been able to, bar last year, never do get passed due to the Chinese Bloc but the U.S. have always done it with a little gusto regardless. Not this time.

Maybe a case of "Gotta do it but wish I didn't" ?

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