Obama Should Raise Human Rights Issues with Xi Jinping
Ahead of the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in late September, Freedom House and eight other human rights organizations have called on President Obama to raise the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society in the leaders’ discussions:
“The Chinese government under President Xi has launched an assault against civil society with the greatest ferocity in two decades, treating community organizers, lawyers, devout members of religious communities, and peaceful activists and their efforts as fundamental threats to the state,” said Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House, quoting from the letter. “We believe that President Xi should not leave Washington without having received a clear, public message from the White House that his government must end its persecution of civil society.”
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.