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2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Liu Xiaobo is a writer, professor, and political dissident. In 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years for inciting subversion because of his involvement in writing Charter 08, a petition advocating political reform in China. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” 

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China's rights record getting worse, says US official

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 August, 2013, 10:36am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 August, 2013, 11:45am
 

Human rights conditions in China are worsening, a senior US official said on Friday, accusing Beijing of harassing activists’ family members and repressing ethnic and religious minorities.

“We continue to see a deterioration in the overall human rights situation in China,” said Uzra Zeya, acting assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour.

Zeya was briefing reporters after she led Washington’s delegation to a US-China Human Rights Dialogue meeting held earlier this week in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming.

She mentioned Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo and human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng as examples of activists whose families have been victimised.

“This is a worrisome trend and one which we have raised at senior levels with the Chinese government,” she said.

Zeya also cited China’s policies towards ethnic and religious minorities such as Buddhist Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs, “particularly with respect to repressive measures related to religious practice”.

China is sensitive to criticism of its human rights record and counters that the US has plenty of problems of its own.

In a rejoinder to a US rights report condemning China, Beijing in April accused Washington of human rights violations through its military operations abroad and failing to protect its own citizens from gun violence.

It said in a report of its own that Washington had “turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation”, despite styling itself as “the world judge of human rights”.

China - which officially includes rising living standards in its definition of human rights - released the document in response to a US report published two days earlier.

“The Chinese side did raise some concerns on the human rights situation in the US” at the Kunming meeting, Zeya said, without giving details.

“I think we were very open to responding and ultimately I’d like to think that we’re an open book when it comes to human rights,” she added.

China’s foreign ministry said in a press release that the talks had been “frank, in-depth, comprehensive and constructive”, state media reported.

The Xinhua news agency said the Chinese delegation had urged “the US side to respect China’s judicial sovereignty and stop bothering China on some isolated cases”.

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andreaswagner
China's human rights record is one of the worst in the world, and steadily declining. For a US official to comment on it is cheeky at least.
The US is another country with absolutely no regard for human rights, or the rule of law, be that domestically or international.
China and the US: Two countries run by fascist regimes that have so very much in common, including the ignorance and arrogance of their people.
newgalileo
Nothing we did not know. Obvious since several years. Anyway China could care less what the West thinks. It is in a position of power. Still, looking at other countries around the world: there are so many other places I'd rather not be. Look at Russia, and .... . Fill the blank yourself.
carmeledwin
What hypocrites! What about their own human right record? The hacking of people's emails and phone conversations! The imprisonment of so many people without even the pretense of trial. Their attempts in denying Snowden the right for political asylum, when it is his right as a human to seek political asylum. Their do as I say but not as I do! Preaching human rights and freedom, yet at the same time breaching human rights and freedom.
pslhk
"Human rights conditions in China are worsening"
the worst except, in the Churchill manner, for all others
-
To all non-Chinese living in China
when all factors considered
China is better than all other places
unless they're working in China
for special purposes which they consider
more valuable than their so-called "human rights"

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