Chinese turn to Hong Kong’s US Consulate for answers on human rights report

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 April, 2013, 2:02pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 April, 2013, 4:11pm

Days after Beijing answered Washington’s critique of China’s human rights situation by issuing its own report on US human rights - an annual event in Sino-US relations - doubtful Chinese readers have turned to the US Consulate General in Hong Kong for answers.

The consulate posted an official response on Weibo on Thursday, which drew hundreds of comments and reposts.

The post explained the reasons why the US publishes its annual human rights report and why evaluation of its own situation is not included. 

In response to the question: “What happens when other countries issue reports on US human rights?,” it said:

“When the government, an individual or an organisation of a foreign country comments, monitors, or criticises human rights in US, we don’t consider it as interference of our domestic affairs. We take the suggestions seriously ”

On many occasions, China has urged the US to stop “interfering” in its internal affairs. One recent accusation was made by the Ministry of Environmental Protection after the US embassy in Beijing released independent air-quality readings of the capital.

The Weibo post by the US consulate in Hong Kong drew warm responses from Chinese readers, only to be censored on Friday.


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