Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sat 05, Sep 2015 01:16 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
CTA holds prayer service for latest self-immolator
Chinese rights group urges ‘real pressure’ ahead of Xi’s US visit
EC clarifies penalties for violation of election rules
Tibetan exiles celebrate 55th Democracy day
Ambassador Saperstein calls for religious freedom in Tibet
Tibet never a part of China but Middle Way still a viable solution, says CTA
‘Game Changers’ conference by TED concludes
34th Kalachakra postponed to 2017
Whereabouts of arrested Rebkong monk still unknown, family worried
DIFF 2015 to screen film on Tibet self immolations
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama joins Swami Guru Sharanand-ji Maharaj (to his right) and members of Karshni Ashram for lunch in Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra, India, August 31, 2015. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
Exile Tibetan PM Lobsang Sangay hoists the Indian tricolor as members of the Kashag, senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration participate in an official function to mark the 69th Independence Day of India, Kashag Secretariat, Aug. 15, Phayul Photo
Tibetan residents of Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement, Uttrakhand, stand near a long queue of water containers as the settlement is gripped by acute water shortage this monsoon, August 5, 2015. Photo:FB Page/Dekyiling Shichak (not official page)
more photos »
Advertisement
US must press China on rights benchmark in talks: HRW
[Wednesday, July 31, 2013 02:51]
DHARAMSHALA, July 31: A global human rights group has urged the United States to use its ongoing human rights dialogue with the Chinese government to “demand concrete public commitments to change policies and practices that violate human rights.”

New York based Human Rights Watch in a release Tuesday pointed out that Beijing has made “little discernible improvement” in its human rights record, while calling the country’ new leadership “intolerant of dissent and criticism.”

The US and China are holding their annual dialogue on human rights on Tuesday and Wednesday in the southern Chinese city of Kunming, Yunan province. It is the first since the new Chinese leaders, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, assumed power in March.

“American officials should approach this interaction acutely aware that people in China who are trying to have exactly the same discussions with the government are being arbitrarily detained and prosecuted,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at HRW. “US officials should use this opportunity to do what people in China want: to try their best to hold the Chinese government accountable for its human rights violations.”

The group noted that the Chinese government has “refused to address the underlying grievances in the Tibetan areas and Xinjiang, and instead pursued repression in both regions.”

Since 2009, as many as 120 Tibetans living under China’s rule have set themselves on fire demanding freedom and the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

“The US government should press the Chinese government to adopt concrete and clear benchmarks, and evaluate the progress in subsequent dialogues,” HRW said. “Without these benchmarks, the human rights dialogue risks serving as a perfunctory diplomatic exercise, rather than a genuinely useful advocacy tool.”

The group also called on the US delegation to provide “as much information as possible” about the topics discussed and the nature of the Chinese government’s replies following the dialogue.

The US State Department last week said that Washington would seek improvements in China’s human rights record, including its treatment of ethnic minorities, during the talks.

“The promotion of human rights remains a key tenet of US foreign policy, including toward China, and we are committed to continuing candid and in-depth discussion with the Chinese government on this issue,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“The two sides will discuss rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, labor rights, rights of ethnic minorities, and other human rights issues over the course of the dialogue.”

The two nations started the annual human rights dialogue in the wake of China’s 1989 clampdown on demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, although Beijing refused talks from 2002 to 2008 out of anger at US criticism.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Boudha under surveillance to curb ‘Free Tibet’ activities
US must press China on rights benchmark in talks: HRW
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2015 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement