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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.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

UK Raises Tibet and Xinjiang at Human Rights Commission

Times of Tibet:

"Britain yesterday raised the issue of Tibet at the High Level Segment of the 60th session of the Commission on Human Rights on Tibet. Mr. Bill Rammell, MP and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary Of State, United Kingdom, said that they continue to have serious concerns about a wide range of human rights issues in China, including the use of the death penalty, the treatment of dissidents, freedom of religion, the use of arbitrary detention and torture, freedom of expression, and the situation in Tibet and Xinjiang. "

Well the Brits are first in with some comment at the United Nations Human Rights Convention in Geneva in session at the moment. My interest is to see whether the U.S. will introduce a Resolution condemning China's Human Rights record, it has done so every year that it has been eligible to except last year. The State Department did not propose a Resolution last year stating that China had made good progress in it's Human Rights trend. This year however "State" has accused China of "Backsliding"

Mr. Bill Rammell, MP and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary Of State, gave an address at the High Level segment of the Commission's 60th meeting.

Mr Rammell went on to say:

"But, there are times when the level of violations so high, when the consequences for the victims, the region and the world are so great, and when the political will to tackle the problems, alone or in cooperation, is so manifestly absent, that we have to take more immediate action. In these situations, we must sometimes rely on pressure - peer pressure - as the only means left by which to promote and protect those human rights which underpin the freedom, justice and peace to which we all aspire."

Quite well said old chap!

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