CHINA HASN�T DELIVERED ON HUMAN RIGHTS PLEDGES: U.S.


2003.07.15

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2003--China pledged progress on four specific human rights issues in pressing the United States not to introduce a resolution condemning Beijing at the U.N. Human Rights Commission this year, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports. But a U.S. official says Beijing hasn�t yet lived up to its side of the bargain.

The United States asked the Chinese government to declare that minors are entitled to religious freedom, allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to open a permanent office in China, permit regular visits by U.N. rapporteurs, and conduct parole reviews for some political prisoners, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Randy Schriver said.

�They said in the run-up to the decision-making that they are willing to do certain things, and we were willing to test that proposition, and thus far... the Chinese have not done very well, I�m sorry to say,� Schriver said in an interview. He was referring to Washington�s deliberations on whether to introduce a resolution in Geneva criticizing Beijing�s human rights record.

�I think that the Chinese, in an effort to secure our willingness not to do a resolution, gave us indications that they were going to move forward in these areas. To date we haven�t seen the progress we wanted to see. Perhaps there are reasons... and they�ve been cited to us by the Chinese, but they are not compelling--and we think they need to do more right away.�

This was only the third year since 1990 that the United States has decided against introducing a China resolution at annual meetings of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Washington wasn�t a commission member last year. In 1998, then-President Bill Clinton backed away from such a China resolution, ahead of his visit to China.

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