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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.

Friday, April 09, 2004

U.S. Presents resolution on China Rights at U.N: Alone

Muzi.com | News : :

U.N. Human Rights Commisssion "Diplomats said there were no immediate co-sponsors of the resolution, "

Well the United States presented it's resolution calling for the condemnation of China's Human Rights policies but has done so alone.

The draft resolution presented on Thursday to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva has no co-sponsors though there is a belief that some nations friendly with the U.S. will vote for it.

Famous Chinese exiled dissident Harry Wu has called the lack of co-sponsors as being "weak"

Whilst there was never a hope that the resolution would be passed as China has successfully defeated all previous resolutions of it's type, the lack of co-sponsors and support generally is a blow to anyone interested in Human Rights and provides China with a significant "win".

There is no doubt that China is making progress in Human Rights but progress coming off such a low base does not mean she is anywhere near up to scratch. The failure of the international community to maintain the "encouragement" of China towards Human Rights reform essentially allows China to take the foot off the pedal.

I think it was Mao who had the theory that you advance when there is no opposition and retreat when there is.

I have been running a poll here at the China Letter as to whether people think Resolutions of this kind work. All votes bar one so far say yes they do to varying degrees, the dissenting vote feeling they are counterproductive and make matters worse.

Whilst I do not support "China Bashing" I think that the Chinese respect firmness and consistency and this weak kneed approach by the international community driven no doubt by an economic agenda will not speed up the rate of change in China.