China’s Human Rights Violations Grow Increasingly Severe

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks before reporters after a two-day summit of the Group of 20 major economies in the Chinese city of Hangzhou on Sept. 5, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks before reporters after a two-day summit of the Group of 20 major economies in the Chinese city of Hangzhou on Sept. 5, 2016. (Kyodo)

Commission: U.S. needs plan to respond to crackdown on activists, religion, freedom of press

BY: Morgan Chalfant October 10, 2016 5:00 am

The Chinese government has cracked down on human rights more severely over the last year, according to a commission of lawmakers and Obama administration officials, at the same time the United States has sought to cooperate with Beijing on issues such as climate change.

China’s persistent violations of international human rights standards warrant a stronger response from the U.S. government and need to play a larger role in America’s foreign policy, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China said in its annual report delivered to President Obama last week.

Over the past year, “the Chinese Communist Party and government further restricted the limited space for peaceful expression, religious activity, and assembly with harsh consequences for rights advocates, lawyers, and civil society, and continued to implement the world’s most sophisticated system of Internet control and press censorship, affecting both domestic and foreign journalists,” the comprehensive 340-page report states.

As of May 2016, authorities in China had arrested at least 20 people in under a year as part of a crackdown on lawyers and human rights advocates, according to the commission. Sixteen of the individuals were jailed for allegedly “endangering state security.”

“The government routinely denied medical treatment to imprisoned activists, targeted family members and associates of rights activists, including those overseas, with harassment and retribution, and became more brazen in exerting its extraterritorial reach,” the report states. “The government also continued harsh security measures that disregarded the protection of human rights in ethnic minority regions including Tibetan autonomous areas and the XUAR [Xinxiang Uighur Autonomous Region].”

Human rights abuses in China have long been a concern of the United States and members of the United Nations and European Union. At the same time, the United States has prioritized cooperation with China on issues such as climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

China regularly rejects criticism of its human rights record from other countries.

According to the commission, U.S. government officials need to more frequently raise issues of human rights in China publicly and privately in conversations with Chinese counterparts. The commissioners also recommended that the administration and Congress consider legal and legislative action to retaliate against human rights abusers, such as using law to deny U.S. entry visas to Chinese officials connected to severe human rights violations such as torture and detentions.

The administration and lawmakers need to develop a “whole-of-government” action plan on the role of human rights in the U.S.-China relationship. The plan would inform each agency of how to approach the issue in interactions with Beijing, according to the commission.

“A ‘whole-of-government’ human rights diplomacy prepares all agencies interacting with Chinese government counterparts to discuss relevant human rights and rule of law issues and to articulate the link between human rights improvements in China and U.S. economic, security, and diplomatic interests,” the report states.

The commission is currently chaired by Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.). It is comprised of a bipartisan group of lawmakers as well as officials from the Departments of Labor and State. The commission was established through legislation in 2000 and tasked with monitoring developments in human rights and rule of law in China.

“China, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, is less free, more repressive, and increasingly dismissive of international norms,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Obama accompanying the report. “Promoting human rights and the rule of law must be a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy, as concrete improvements in these areas are directly linked to the security and economic well-being of both the United States and of China.”

The report comes ahead of the 15th anniversary of China’s joining the World Trade Organization, or WTO. It noted that Beijing has failed to implement anticipated legal reforms since joining. The report recommended that the administration continue to list China as a “non-market economy,” meaning that competitors can more easily impose anti-dumping measures on Chinese exports.

U.S.-China relations have been complex and tense as part of Obama’s so-called “pivot to Asia.” One month ago, Obama and Xi marked the formal adoption of the Paris climate accord ahead of the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, which was overshadowed by a series of embarrassing incidents for the American president showcasing strained relations between the two countries.

In addition to human rights abuses, China’s island-building campaign in the South China Sea has drawn international criticism and prompted the U.S. military to increase its presence in the region. Still, the administration has been criticized for not doing enough diplomatically and militarily to deter Beijing’s territorial claims over the South China Sea.

Source: Washington Free Beacon “China’s Human Rights Violations Grow Increasingly Severe”

Note: This is Washington Free Beacon’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


5 Comments on “China’s Human Rights Violations Grow Increasingly Severe”

  1. Joseph says:

    Obviously the West is jittery to be sworn upon by Duterte, so they are back to scrutinize China. For the very least Xi Jinping won’t swear at Obama and ask him to go to hell. In fact, Xi Jinping won’t respond to any Western petty bickerings at all. There is no country that can be free from human right issue, especially those touched by the American, including America itself. In the case of only ‘twenty’ people prosecuted, what so special about these twenty? Most likely, they are American sleeper agents chasing dream to join the blind lawyer in the political asylum on American ‘paradise’. If only they know how the blind lawyer is enjoying ‘paradise’. He may be enjoying himself washing dishes on some American dinner’s back alley. After all no blind man does this kind of job in China. But of course no one telling, both Chinese and American governments. In the end, it should be good news. Only twenty agents apprehended and prosecuted this year. There used to be countless American agents along with sympathizers in China. Eradicating them would give a PR bonanza for the American. Spying and infiltrating for the American should widely be considered disgraceful and disgusting act, not only in China but also anywhere else in the world. They cost lifes and dignities.


  2. alking1957 says:

    This is obviously a joke. “arrested 20 people in under a year” is worth reporting? US police kill over 1000 civilians a year, almost all unnecessarily, and they have the gall to complain about 20 people arrested, unbelievable, i dont know why they are not embarrased. Oh i know, they are sociopaths!


  3. Fre Okin says:

    Whatever China’s flaws, it is dishonest to highlight China alone. US should make a list of well known human right abusers of her allies at the same time. Why not include India, Israel, VN, Saudi Arabia, Philippines etc in the same report?


    • Steve says:

      Including Guantanamo Bay detention facilities noted for gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the US in the name of terrorism. Detainees are held in place with neither the US nor international law is applied. Thousands of refugees into Europe due to illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, Libya and now Syria. Human rights violations become genocide in the US sponsored blood shed of Iraqis and looting of Iraqi oilfields, causing chaos & poverty, Libya and Syria invasion, supporting terrorist groups manifesting in human blood shed, violations and abuses.


    • Joseph says:

      Oh, they tried to highlight Duterte, all right. It did not go so well. In fact it is still burning their ears so hard even when the American has long forgotten what they criticized Duterte about. What outrageous is, it works wonder. And as the American pledged continuing patrol on SCS which they never did again, the American pledges to continue bring up the human right issue, which they doesn’t do anymore. I concede. There is something useful to be learning from Phillipines. China is well wise to adopt Duterte’s ingenious method. All the American expected from China is a polite and formal protest. A rough rebuke full of swear language like Duterte’s will catch them off-guard. See if they have a gut to to it again next time.