Freedom House Decries U.N. on China Human Rights | Freedom House

Freedom House Decries U.N. on China Human Rights

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Two recent developments raise serious concerns about the commitment of the United Nations’ leadership to human rights in China, according to Freedom House. 
 
During a trip to Beijing this week, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was notably silent on China’s human rights record, including its continued imprisonment of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, and its crackdown against other human rights activists in the aftermath of the Nobel Committee’s decision. After widespread international criticism, the Secretary made a lackluster attempt to address China’s restrictions on freedom of expression in a speech at the Central Party School in Beijing. Just before the Secretary arrived in China, one of his top advisors, Under Secretary General Sha Zukang, traveled to the country to present a “World Harmony Foundation” award to retired Chinese General Chi Haotian, who was in command of the troops responsible for the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.
 
“Chinese authorities continue unabashedly to restrict peaceful political activity and religious freedom, which they are able to accomplish by tightly controlling the media and by harassing, arresting, and physically assaulting any and all dissenting voices,” said David J. Kramer, executive director of Freedom House. “The democratic community has a responsibility to condemn such abuses, and as the head of the world’s leading intergovernmental organization, Secretary Ban Ki Moon has a special responsibility to speak up when one of its members is not complying with its international human rights obligations.  His deputies have a similar obligation and should know better than to associate with those who have engaged in serious human rights abuses.”
 
The Communist Party's systematic restrictions on free expression and denial of the rule of law, in addition to violating the fundamental rights of its people, are often in contravention of Chinese law and United Nations human rights treaties ratified by the country, such as the Convention Against Torture. Moreover, such restrictions prevent the dissemination of critical news of public health epidemics and enable corruption and violence on the part of state representatives.
 
China is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2010, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2010.
 
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