Tragedy of China's human rights

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 January, 1998, 12:00am


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Ali Cheung argues that more media attention should be paid to the tragedy unfolding in Cambodia and less to the human-rights abuses perpetrated in China ('Tragedy', South China Morning Post, January 4).

Broadly speaking I would agree, except that China, as one of the world's great powers, occupies a special place in Asia and the world, and as such must be subject to special scrutiny.

As for Tibet, in this case the tragedy and injustice suffered by its people can hardly be over-emphasised. The genocide perpetrated there since the invasion of the Chinese army in 1949 was on the same scale as the carnage in Cambodia.

What is worse, however, is that 49 years later, the Chinese army is still illegally occupying Tibet, and the brutal repression continues despite the protests of all the world.