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Human rights in China

Let US and China shame each other into human rights action

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 September, 2018, 7:30pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 September, 2018, 7:30pm

Alex Lo is completely right to point out the hypocrisy of American politicians Marco Rubio and Chris Smith (“US war criminal hunt must begin at home”, September 3), who “want their government to impose sanctions on Chinese officials complicit in human rights abuses” in Xinjiang.

The list of American human rights abuses is long and should be thrust into the public spotlight. However, Mr Lo is wrong to suggest this hypocrisy means that these people should not criticise Chinese human rights abuses.

The American and Chinese governments each write highly critical human rights reports on the other each year. Both are hypocritical, but both are correct about the other’s abuses, and change will only come about when the abusers are shamed into better behaviour.

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So it is better to stomach the hypocrisy and get the facts into the public domain. Let those living in glass houses throw stones, so their own repressive houses may weaken.

Keith Noyes, Clear Water Bay