BEIJING – Days before China's human rights record comes under scrutiny before a key U.N. panel, the government's grip on dissent seems as firm as ever.
Government critics have been rounded up and some imprisoned on vaguely defined state security charges. Corruption whistle-blowers have been bundled away, while discussion of sensitive political and social topics on the Internet remains tightly policed.We know China's record is disgusting. Sadly, irresonsible US economic policies, which are only going to be excaerbated under Obama, are putting the US in a position where they can't really do too much to condemn these actions."China's rights record remains a matter of grave concern," said Nicholas Bequelin, Asia researcher for New York-based Human Rights Watch.
"No country has a perfect human rights record, but the problem with China is that it jails people who expose violations, maintains absolute censorship over state media and prevents victims of human rights abuses from finding justice," he said.
I completely agree with the man who recently threw a show at Premier Wen. It is about time for the West to stand up to the dictators in Beiping.