US Rights Report Critical of Human Rights Abuses in China
Created: 2012-10-12 13:58 EST
Coming just days after a judiciary reform whitepaper by Beijing touting legal reforms and human rights improvements, a US report is giving quite the opposite picture.
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China issued its annual human rights report on the country this Wednesday. It says the divide between China’s ruling elite and the public is worsening and human rights are continually abused. The report cited unprecedented protests last year as a sign that the Chinese regime continues to ignore the ‘rule of law’ over stability and preservation of the status quo.
The Committee, co-chaired by Representatives Chris Smith and Sherrod Brown, said the public had a "visible frustration" and "well-founded impatience" with Beijing's lack of respect for basic human rights.
Zhao Changqing, a Chinese rights activist agrees.
[Zhao Changqing, Shaanxi Democracy and Human Rights Activists]:
"So many people and netizens have no hope for the ruling party to reform. Therefore, some people call for a revolution in their hearts. It seems like they wish to see a significant event happen to make great chaos in the world."
Wednesday’s report outlines the poor treatment of ethnic minorities like Tibetans and Uighurs. It also discussed the repression of religious groups including Catholics, Muslims and practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual practice.
The Committee also raised concerns over the abuse of human rights lawyers, including Gao Zhisheng, who had written about the severe abuses he suffered after bouts of disappearance into security detention.
With dissidence and unrest reaching new heights, often with violent results, many sociologist are expressing concern for the lengths people may be driven to in desperation.
[Zhou Hongling, Beijing Sociologist]:
"When people are all desperate, they may go extreme to protect their rights and interests. Many of the passages have been blocked, which is a reason why the social conflicts get more severe. Eventually they can only use their lives and their blood and body to protect their rights and interests."
The US Congress originally set up the Commission in 2000. It consists of members of Senate, the House of Representatives, and the president’s administration, though the reports are not considered administration policy.