Cao Shunli died while incarcerated
recently for advocating the right of ordinary Chinese citizens to have input into China's entry in the UN's Universal Periodic Review
, a new set of human rights reports for every UN member state. She died because she was denied medical care. Her family has not been allowed to see the body. [more inside]
China's has just released its report, "Human Rights Record of United States in 2011"
. This annual report covers gun crimes, OWS, freedom of the press, unemployment, and more. via
In 2009, Urumqi, China exploded in riots
. The assessment of Western media was on-going ethnic clashes.
Behind the scenes, Beijing now stands accused of The Xinjiang Procedure
, ground zero for the organ harvesting of political prisoners
. [more inside]
The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize goes to
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo
. Beijing had previously warned
the Nobel committee not to honour Liu. A BBC biography of Liu
from last year: "Now his name is unknown. But one day, even if he's not regarded as a hero, he'll be thought of as a very good citizen - a model example."
"With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches," [Google CEO Eric Schmidt] said. "We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about... We can look at bad behavior and modify it.
" The Atlantic
's editor James Bennet discusses with Schmidt how lobbyists write America's laws, how America's research universities are the best in the world, how the Chinese are going all-out in investing in their infrastructure, how the US should have allowed automakers to fail, and ultimately Google's evolving role in an technologically-augmented society in this broad, interesting and scary interview
(~25 min Flash video) [via
West treats East.
"To help traumatized Tibetan monks, doctors in Boston
turn to cross-cultural medicine." [Via]
China hits back at US criticism on human rights
After the US needles China with human rights criticism
, China responds with Human Rights Record of United States in 2008
. From its preface: "As in previous years, the [United States'] reports are full of accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions, including China, but mention nothing of the widespread human rights abuses on its own territory."
China's secret plot to tame Tibet.
"Internal Communist party documents have revealed that China is planning a programme of harsh political repression in Tibet despite a public show of moderation to win over world opinion before the Olympic Games next month." Meanwhile, the military has sealed off
several monasteries in Lhasa
, keeping over 1,000 monks locked up. Another 1,000 monks have mysteriously disappeared
, and may have been sent to prisons in a neighbouring province
to keep them silent through the Olympics.
Beijing 2008: China's Olympian Human Rights Challenges.
This website was set up by Human Rights Watch
to monitor human rights issues in China during the run-up to the Olympics. "This is a historic opportunity for China to show it has the confidence to make tangible and sustainable progress in ensuring basic human rights for its 1.3 billion citizens." [more inside]
A Lone Tibetan Voice, Intent on Speaking Out. Woeser
(previously mentioned here
) is a Tibetan writer and poet living under house arrest in Beijing, from where she blogs about the recent unrest in Tibet
(there are English translations of her posts at China Digital Times
). Last year she was awarded
the Norwegian Authors Union
Freedom of Expression Prize, but she was not allowed to travel to Oslo to collect the prize.
The Genocide Olympics.
The human rights group Dream for Darfur
is trying to use the Olympics to pressure China to change its policies on Sudan and the genocide in Darfur. [more inside]
is a documentary by Richard Martini
consisting of interviews with Tibetan refugees who have recently fled to Dharamsala, India. It's on YouTube in 5 parts: part 2
, part 3
, part 4
, part 5
China Praises Its Progress Toward Olympics.
With one year to go
before the 2008 Olympics
, China still has many challenges ahead, like dealing with Beijing's terrible air pollution
. There is still much criticism over China's record on human rights
and freedom of the press
, and some protests
. But perhaps the most embarrassing public relations setback is that one of the official mascots
) the Tibetan Antelope
, has defected from China's Olympic team
and gone underground to campaign
for a free Tibet
. [Some links via BB and MoFi.]
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion.
The complete documentary
(1 hr 43 min) on Google Video.
China's non-interventionist approach to Africa.
They recently lifted 200 million of their own people out of poverty
. Unlike the G8, they aren't concerned about corruption, aid, debt relief, social impact, human rights, the environment, or spreading democratic ideology
. They build governments, hotels and industrial plants in Sierra Leone, export 60% of oil from the 'genocidal' Sudanese
, sell weapons to both sides in war zones and deal arms to embargoed dictators like Mugabe. They'll be the third largest investor in Africa at the end of this year. The People's Republic of China: threatening
- or Jeffersonian
Reports of recent Anti-Japanese demonstrations in China
lack any details about the content in the disputed history text books. Is it related to the Nanjing Massacre, which Iris Chang
wrote about in her much contested book "The Rape of Nanking"
The Chinese government is certainly not acting as a shining example of upholding human rights
by any means, but does that deprive its people from the right to have part of their history at least adequately remembered ?
And is the Chinese Government using this collective wound to further its own national interests
such as keeping Japan from joining the UNSC
A look at the US through China's eyes.
The US has been critical of China's human rights practices for decades. In retaliation, China examines the US, and finds it comes up short in many ways. Instead of indulging itself in publishing the "human rights country report" to censure other countries unreasonably, the United States should reflect on its erroneous behavior on human rights and take its own human rights problems seriously. Summarized text in NYT
Section VIII Double Standards in International Field of Human Rights
to the annual report by the US state department critical of China’s current human rights record, China slings back with a report of its
own, this time critical of the US
for its human rights record.
Is this the superpower propagandist equivalent of schoolyard name calling, or does the Chinese report make some salient points, ones better left unsaid in the conquest of International Pax Americana
Welcome to China's labour camps
And the winner of the 2000 metre evasion of a tank is....
Well, you'll have to wait until 2008, when Beijing hosts the games. Maybe in seven years their human rights stance may have shifted a bit.
Detainees take their lives in China
Ouyr trading partners---no, not those arrested and being held. Wonder how many body parts can be harvested for the transplant market.
Pot criticises kettles for chromatic similitude.
Now, on the one hand, it's refreshing that the US State Department acknowledges the human rights abuses of allies such as Israel; but this annual catalogue of the world's foibles smacks just a little of sanctimonious short-sightedness
But I'm torn on this one: are such state-sponsored surveys
a useful basis on which to judge the "ethical" basis of foreign policy, or are they propaganda exercises, designed to direct attention away from domestic failures and to paper over the hypocrisies
Don't look behind that wall
, Mr. Olympic inspector. In advance of the ongoing assesment by 17 Olympic inspectors, thousands of unwanted people have been tossed into a detention center in China, without trial. For a month, 500 to 600 people a day have been tossed in. Human Rights in China interviewed former inmates of the detention centre, and they reported
"There were no bathing facilities, food was poured from buckets and fought over by mice, and beatings with leather belts were common."
Is this what China does to "put on its game face"?
17 International Olympic Committee inspectors
are in China reviewing its bid for the 2008 Olympic Games. Should human rights concerns be a factor in their decision? Does a sporting body have a duty to use compliance with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights as a gauge to measure hosting worthiness for any country (not just China)?
Is everyone asleep at the wheel?
"The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to normalize trade with China, marking a turning point in a half-century of stormy relations between the world’s strongest power and its most populous nation. In return, trade relations will no longer hinge on China’s human rights record, a link that has long irritated Beijing.
" It is a sad day for human rights in China.
The story of Huang Qi,
the man who started the first human-rights website
in China, is one of the most depressing internet stories I've read. Now that he is jailed for "subverting state power," no US internet firms are sticking for him, as they're too busy trying to market their sites and services in China. I've participated in protests
before, but I really wish we could get together and protest bigger things, things that might improve or save others' lives. I hope the proposed data havens like Sealand
get online and allow sites such as Qi's to continue.