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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.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

U.N.: Credibility at Stake for Rights Commission

U.N.: Credibility at Stake for Rights Commission (Human Rights Watch, 10-3-2004):

Human"So far, neither the United States nor any EU member has committed itself to tabling a resolution on China."

The United Nations Human Rights commission commences sittings soon and as this Human Rights press release confirms the U.S. (nor any EU country for that matter) has yet to signal it will be tabling a resolution condemning China's Human Rights record.

I predicted some week or so ago that like 2003 the U.S. would not submit a resolution and, if they do not, this will be only the second time in the history of the Commission.

My position looked a little shaky after that when the U.S. House of Reps voted almost unanimously to urge the Government to submit a resolution this year.

However the odds for my prediction slowly firmed as the State Department and Secretary Powell remained ominously silent on the Reps motion.

As time comes closer to the conference I must say that my prediction looks unfortunately likely to come true.

The other interesting point in this press release is that the US Australia and others have resisted measures to bring about the creation of a special mechanism to monitor the human rights impact of counterterrorist measures.

The Uygur and to a lesser extent the Tibetans have suffered significantly as a result of the "War on Terror" as China uses this as an excuse to mask it's anti Uygur and Tibetan policies from the outside world.

Notwithstanding that and away from China at the moment the "War on Terror" whilst supremely important has been used by unscrupulous nations to mask their internal "crackdowns". Uzbekistan is another prime example.

I am saddened that despite overwhelming evidence of the suffering this is bringing to countless millions (every Muslim suffers in some way) that these countries can ignore the calls for such a legitimate mechanism.

To my government in Australia and Mr Howard the Prime Minister may I say "Shame on You"