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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 25, 2004

US ignores truth about China's rights record

People's Daily


I am drawn to post this link because I think despite my last three posts today being criticisms of Human Rights violations being perpetrated by the Government of China it is important to remember that there have been some very fine improvements over the last two years.

The People's Daily attempts to highlight some of these in it's article questioning why the U.S. has sponsored a resolution against China in the U.N HR Commission currently underway.

Most taken in isolation are no great shakes in terms of importance but they perhaps are portents of a promising future. One of the examples given is as follows:

The decades-old compulsory practice of rounding up and extraditing people found roaming in cities gave way to a sympathetic relief programme, and police were prohibited from conducting unwarranted identification checks.

I can vouch for this being true as I carried a news item recently of Chinese complaining vehemently about the rise in the incidence of beggars on the streets of China. Everyone blamed the repeal of a law, that used to allow for "measures" to keep these people off the streets, for this sudden plague.

We must applaud the good as well as criticise the bad in China's journey forward so this post is for all the good changes...... now what about this blog censorship thing?.....