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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 04, 2004

US House of Reps Slams China On Human Rights

CBS News | House Slams China On Human Rights | March 3, 2004�17:05:55

US House of Representatives Seal
The United States House of representatives in a near unanimous vote Wednesday, pressed the government to take up a resolution condemning China's human rights record at a meeting commencing March 15 in Geneva of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

The United States should call upon China to end human rights violations and meet internationally recognized standards, the House resolved in the 402-2 vote.

We trade, they torture, we trade, they abuse, we trade, they incarcerate

-Rep. Christopher Smith-

The U.N. Human Rights Commission convenes in Geneva on March 15 for its annual session, and U.S. officials have indicated that, unlike last year, they will seek international criticism of China's record.

Rep. Christopher Smith, sponsor of the resolution, said "we have a moral duty and obligation"

He said trade with China has not brought the expected easing of political oppression.

Interestingly Secretary of State Colin Powell did not respond directly when asked whether he would recommend taking a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.

The State Department, in its recent annual report, accused Beijing of backsliding in the past year, citing arrests of political activists and a crackdown on Internet dissent however recent Chinese initiatives have made me think that the US would not proceed with a critical resolution in Geneva.

This however in terms of the size of the majority makes me think a little more. I am betting 2:1 against.