China-US Go Tit-for-Tat on Human Rights Record

The News Lens
Date: 2016/04/16
By: Jeffrey Tsai

The US State Department has heavily criticized the actions of the Chinese government in its annual

Human rights protesters hold up placards as they wait for China's President Xi Jinping to pass on the Mall during his ceremonial welcome, in London, Britain, October 20, 2015. Xi is on a State visit to Britain.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls  - RTS582K
Human rights protesters hold up placards as they wait for China’s President Xi Jinping to pass on the Mall during his ceremonial welcome, in London, Britain, October 20, 2015. Xi is on a State visit to Britain. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls – RTS582K

human rights report.

Last year, China was thought to be involved in the kidnapping of five booksellers, as well as other acts that cracked down on human rights, including the rejection of an academic to become a leading official in Hong Kong University and decreasing press freedom along with the freedom to protest.

The report further elaborates, “Authorities resorted to extralegal measures, such as enforced disappearance and strict house arrest, including house arrest of family members, to prevent public expression of critical opinions.”

Deaths in Tibet and Xinjiang due to protests were also cited. This suggests they could have been avoided if the Chinese government respected basic human rights.

Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malintowski saw the actions conducted by the Chinese as indicative of political problems and insecurity. The report itself stated that China’s “repression and coercion markedly increased during the year against organizations and individuals involved in civil and political rights advocacy” where “the crackdown on the legal community was particularly severe.”

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