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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:51 AM
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U.S. Delisting of China from Human Rights Violators Upsets Rights Activists
Source: Washington Post

By Jill Drew
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, March 13, 2008; A13

BEIJING, March 12 -- Human rights activists on Wednesday decried the U.S. State Department's decision to drop China from its list of the world's worst human rights violators, saying that China's crackdown on dissent is getting worse as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in August.

"We and others have documented a sharp uptick in human rights violations directly related to preparations for the Olympics," said Phelim Kine, Asia researcher with New York-based Human Rights Watch. The decision comes at the worst possible time for activists seeking to pressure Beijing to relax restrictions on free speech, release political prisoners and improve human rights protections, Kine added.

In the past week, Chinese police clashed with monks demonstrating for independence in Lhasa, capital of the remote mountainous region Tibet. Human rights activist Hu Jia, jailed after organizing a petition saying that Chinese wanted "human rights, not the Olympics," was informed that his trial on charges of subverting state power could begin as early as this month. A prominent human rights lawyer, Teng Biao, was abducted by the Beijing Public Security Bureau and then released two days later.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, while not commenting directly on the State Department report, told reporters Wednesday that foreign leaders, including President Bush, have expressed support for the Beijing Olympics by committing to attend the opening ceremony....

State Department officials in Washington on Tuesday sidestepped questions about why China was dropped from the worst-offenders list, where it has appeared in each of the previous two years. Jonathan Farrar, acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said only that China's "human rights record remains poor" and that the report gives a "very frank appraisal" on the status of human rights in the country....

International activists have seized on the Olympics as a rallying point to pressure China to ease its restrictive policies, and many feel undercut by the timing of the U.S. decision....

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 12:08 PM
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1. The Junta doesn't give a rat's tail about human rights and never has
I am far more upset about the sure knowledge that the Democrats in Congress will not do anything except acquiesce to this horrible travesty.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 12:09 PM
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2. Dr. Condi has been making deals -- go Condi go
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 12:36 PM
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3. Let me guess
It was a condition attached to the latest loan from China and for the uber class to keep their sweatshops there. This is the end result of bad policy stretching all the way back to Ronnie's "tricked on" economics....way to go Repukes! :mad:
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 07:27 PM
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9. That's basically it
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Heywood J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 01:03 PM
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4. As if they're suddenly somehow better.
As if people weren't being abused in sweatshops or thrown in prison for thinking the wrong thing. What, did those things just expire on New Year's Day?
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 01:23 PM
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5. What should one expect when China has the US economy by the short hairs.
They can say "Jump" and Bushco will say "How high?"..and no one in Congress will argue the case.
The Chinese can totally undermine the US dollar in days if they chose to.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 02:49 PM
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6. The Brotherhood of Tyrants. Amerika and China are one and the same, now.
We can't criticize them. They have the same form of government we do: BushPutinist.

We are they and they are us.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 06:31 PM
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7. This very bad, but I really don't see how we have any right to "list" other countries with...
...all the Human Rights violations our current "government" is doing and has done for the last six years.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 07:15 PM
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8. Considering that they harvest organs from political prisoners, that's not suprising
Edited on Thu Mar-13-08 07:15 PM by depakid
Then again, look at who's doing the listing... not exactly a credible nation anymore.
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 07:25 AM
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12. Sad but true, the USA is "not exactly a credible nation anymore". - Thank the PNACers
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Geoerge Bush is just the willing tool at the top of the heap.

He's not smart enough to wreak this havoc on his own.

And if one reads international news as much as I do,

They will realize that global respect/fear of the USA is diminishing.

The bully on the block is self-destructing.

And the world is watching . . .

and waiting . . .
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 04:41 AM
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10. um . . . shouldn't the U.S. be on that list? . . . I mean, really . . . n/t
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mitchleary Donating Member (271 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 07:24 AM
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11. Got to keep Wal-Marts' shelves stacked. [nt]
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BlueManDude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 07:29 AM
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13. The Bush family has always had a soft spot for China.
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