China urged to improve human rights

2011-01-15 08:02

Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday urged China to release dissidents including Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying that human rights problems showed Beijing's "unfulfilled promise".

In a wide-ranging speech ahead of President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States next week, Clinton was unusually forthright in her calls for China to improve human rights, which she called "universal."

"A vibrant civil society would help address some of China's most pressing issues, from food safety to pollution to education to health care," Clinton said.

"The longer China represses freedoms, the longer it will miss out on these opportunities and the longer that Liu Xiaobo's empty chair in Oslo will remain a symbol of a great nation's unrealised potential and unfulfilled promise."

Liu, a writer, is serving an 11-year prison term for co-authoring a bold petition on political reform. China bristled when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and was represented by an empty chair at the Oslo ceremony.

  • Alfred - 2011-01-15 08:49

    Absolutely mindblowing, unbelievable hypocrisy, considering america's record on human rights, the murder of 1 000 000 Iraqis, over ten thousand Afghanis, the mass torture, the renditions, the mass imprisonment without trail, the largest prison population on earth with five times the world average per capita prisoner rate. With its sham democracy america is effectively a police state and that bitch thinks she can lecture China on its human rights. When america stops its brutal torture of whistleblower Bradley Manning and releases him only then can they talk about Liu Xiaobo.

      Realitycheck - 2011-01-15 09:32

      ALfred, it really is mindblowing to see how ignorant you are. I always though Americans were the most ignorant, but South Africans, including you, whether a citizen here or not, take the prize. Think about it, why do no other powerful country cry out against the USA in any real fashion. Britain, France, Canada, Germany, keep going.... all these countries are partners with the USA in fighting for human rights. I lived in the USA for 12 years, and it is by No means a police state whatsoever. One can truly experience freedom. But one thing you stupid pacifist pig do not understand, is that freedom comes at a price. There are really evil people who try to take that away from America, and you are probably on their side if you think America is such a "hyporite". What do you you suggest the solution to fighting REAL terrorism is? In war, people die. America has made bad decisions at times, but your ignorance in blowing EVERYTHING out of proportion is hysterical. Get a life.

      Dar - 2011-01-15 12:11

      @realitycheck? you are a real fool? Your Terrorist is someone else's Freedom Fighter. Its people like who wants to force your ideologies on the rest of the world that is the real problem.Your definition of a terrorist seems to be anyone who differs with you and your messed up culture. The day you portray America to be Freedom Fighters is long gone, seems like you are stuck in some Rambo movie !!! open your eyes and Get a Life

      Alfred - 2011-01-15 13:06

      @Realitycheck In my above comment I referred to america's horrific human rights record which you obviously failed to comprehend with your claim that america is fighting for human rights. To claim that a nation guilty of the most horrific human right crimes like mass murder, torture and bombing countries into the stoneage is somehow doing this for human rights is so stupid it hurts. Typical american, unable to grasp the concept of hypocrisy. The average citizen on this planet is three hundred times more likely to be killed by the american army than by terrorists not to mention the wholesale renditions and torture practiced by america. And ask yourself why are there people willing to die to attack america and claiming they do it because they are anti your so called freedoms, only someone with the intelligence of bush could possibly believe such imbecilic nonsense. Terrorists exist as a consequence of american imperialism. Why is it that america wholesale slaughter of innocent Iraqis whose only crime was to be victims of a tyrannical dictator, on totally fabricated pretext of weapons of mass destruction (which I am sure an idiot like you still believes) and breaking international laws, is justified as a mere consequence of war, while when terrorists kill innocent victims it is described as barbaric murder? When americans murder innocent people they call it 'collateral damage'. America is a bully nation with over 700 military bases in over 130 countries in the world. It spends more money on weapons than the rest of the globe put together and you wonder why other governments are scared to critisize it. But if you speak to the actual citizens you will soon realize that no other nation on this planet is as universally despised as America. Using their military might and the almighty dollar they force their wishes on the rest of humanity. They routinely hold the United Nations to ransom, holding back their yearly fees when they do not get their way. America is a renegade, rogue nation that has absolutely no regard for the rest of humanity. 1. They refuse to back an international criminal court on war crimes. The International Criminal Court is all about human rights. It is an attempt by the world community to reduce the prevalence of crimes against humanity by holding people accountable for the war crimes that they have committed. It should serve as a deterrent, discouraging future war criminals from committing their heinous acts. They claim to be champions of human rights but obviously they are not interested in reducing human rights abuses. They actually expect American solders to be exempt from prosecution for crimes against humanity. 2. The US refused to ratify the most widely accepted human rights treaty ever; the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The US and Somalia, (which currently does not have the governmental capacity to ratify an international treaty) are the only two UN members not to have ratified the treaty. That's right! when it comes to the rights of children the US is in the same ballpark as Somalia. Once again they show scant regard for human rights. 3. They refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, even though we are heading towards a global environmental catastrophe and they are responsible for 25% of the worlds CO2 emissions, five times more than the global average per capita output. Americans take it for granted that they are somehow entitled to pollute five times more than the rest of the citizens of this planet. 4. They refused to sign the land mines convention. Most civilized citizens of this planet are horrified by the innocent suffering caused by land mines. Not christian Americans, they don't give a shit. Their claim that they need land mines for defense is totally ludicrous when one considers that their military budget is 40% of the total world military budget. Everyday children are killed and mutilated by mines. Capitalist mine factories are making profits on this death and mutilation. This is the most immoral behavior possible. 5. Last July the US refused to sign an international agreement designed to enforce a ban on the use of biological weapons. Crimes against humanity are not something christian Americans are particularly concerned about. The only lives America is concerned about are American lives. 6. They also refuse to sign treaties designed to reduce chemical weapons. Like I said, crimes against humanity are not something that Americans are concerned about. By the way your use of the word pacifist as an insult shows exactly what a despicable warmongering character you are. Being antiwar is unamerican. Any nation that votes for someone as ignorant and stupid as Bush deserves nothing but contempt. The only decent Americans are those who are ashamed to be Americans. I notice your comment is remarkable lacking in facts. Get a brain.

      Mj - 2011-01-15 13:48

      Also USA has decided not to close down Guatanamo Bay despite its leader winning the nobel peace prize. Also the murder of innocent civilians in Iraq,Afganistan and Pakistan and the support of Israel for decades.

  • Mj - 2011-01-15 12:48

    Hypocrisy,every country of the world has to IMPROVE human rights. China is a poor developing country that is progressing rapidly and so is its "human rights" I would be more concerned of the "human rights" in the highly industrialised countries and specifically those of america. Every nook and cranny of the world has a US military prescence with personell and equipment.

  • Mj - 2011-01-15 12:52

    The reality is that everytime a christian refers to human rights,just like al queda followers,they spew out hateful statements.

  • jaycee - 2011-01-15 16:16

    There's a lot of emotion in the comments above. But it's good to vent your feelings. Personally I think anybody who says America is perfect, is off target. But the fact remains: It is the biggest world power and it is a democracy. It is the best the rest of the free world has.

      Alfred - 2011-01-15 16:46

      by no stretch of the imagination is america a democracy. There are only two viable parties with less than 5% difference in their policies and because of campaign finance both are in the pocket of the rich. They are in effect a fascist police state with a higher proportion of their population in prison than any other country in the world. There police force consists mainly of thugs whose corruption and brutality featured in over a hundred thousand videos on Utube before most were shut down and now it is illegal to film police. They work longer hours and have less than two weeks paid leave a year and most collage graduates start their first job with over thirty thousand dollars of student loan debt which means they are in effect wage slaves. Their standard of education is among the lowest in the west and so are their health statistics. So they are not the best example but the worst example in the free world. America is actually one of the least free countries in the world to live in unless you are among the mega rich.

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