U.S. State Department Criticizes Human Rights in China (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: The U.S. State Department issued a report on human rights stating that China made no progress in that area during the previous year.
No Progress on Rights
A U.S. State Department report on human rights concluded that China had made no progress on human rights during 1994. The report dealt a blow to President Bill Clinton’s policy of not making trade linked to or contingent on improvements in human rights concerns. The president had argued that economic changes would bring about human rights reforms and, therefore, that trade sanctions or other measures were not necessary to bring about such change. However, the report contradicted his contentions, stating that China had violated “internationally accepted norms” of human rights. Violations stemmed from its failure to tolerate dissent and to safeguard freedom of speech, press, association, and religion. Moreover, the State Department called China “an authoritarian state” and attacked its “arbitrary and lengthy incommunicado detention,” citing its torture and general mistreatment of prisoners.
The report also criticized China for detaining thousands of “prisoners of conscience,” failing to provide an adequate account for those people detained after the 1989 uprisings, and denying dissidents fair trials and arresting those who traveled outside China. The report further attacked China for failing to allow the International...
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