March 1, 2001 |
China's highest legislative body ratified an international human rights treaty Wednesday but left open the possibility of striking out a key provision of the accord. The standing committee of the National People's Congress approved the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the official New China News Agency reported in a brief statement. The ratification comes four years after China signed the treaty, one of two U.N. accords guaranteeing a host of civil rights.
February 28, 2001 |
China struck back at its critics Tuesday, rejecting the views of visiting U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson and issuing its own report on the "deteriorating human rights situation in the U.S." Beijing's response came a day after the State Department issued its annual human rights report, citing persecution of Christians, Tibetans and followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement as evidence of a worsening rights climate in China.
November 21, 2000 |
China will sentence a U.S.-based Falun Gong member on charges of "spying for a foreign organization" this week, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. Teng Chunyan, 37, was arrested in March after gathering information on China's persecution of members of the banned spiritual movement, the center said, adding that she could be sentenced to 10 years or more.
March 1, 2000 |
The U.N. high commissioner for human rights on Tuesday deplored China's recent record and urged Hong Kong to set up its own independent human rights monitoring body. Mary Robinson, who met with several Hong Kong officials, said the situation in mainland China has deteriorated over the past two years. Robinson, who was scheduled to arrive in Beijing late Tuesday, will attend an Asian-Pacific regional human rights workshop.
January 12, 2000 | ,
The United States said Tuesday that it will introduce a resolution condemning China's human rights record at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, a move certain to complicate Washington's troubled relations with Beijing. "The decision to go forward with this resolution at the commission is based on the fact that the government of China's human rights record has continued to deteriorate," State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said.
April 24, 1999 |
China blocked a U.S. attempt to censure its human rights policies Friday, but Cuba, Iran and Iraq were among nations criticized by the 53-nation U.N. Human Rights Commission. The U.S. attempt to bring U.N. criticism against China suffered the same fate as similar motions had for seven years since 1991. The commission voted 22-17 in favor of a Chinese proposal to take no action on the U.S. motion. Fourteen countries abstained.