Archive | February 9, 2009

My Initial Impression of China’s Human Rights Report Review

I had the opportunity to watch some of the proceedings of today’s United Nations’ review of China’s human rights report, which was done by the Universal Periodic Review Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council. The session was held in Geneva. According to the UN record, 60 Council members and observers took the opportunity to make comments and convey recommendations.

The Chinese Ambassador (Li Baodong) took nearly three hours to present China’s report. The report is on the UN’s website and there was no startling revelation. I was more interested in the comments that representatives of other countries were making. I am giving here my comment on some of them.

The representative of Bhutan, Mr. Yeshey Dorji, gave a surprisingly (to me) long comment (he seems to have gone beyond his time for his speech was cut in mid-sentence). He appreciated China’s “frank self critical approach” as well as China’s placing “people first.” Bhutan, he said, appreciates China’s pursuit of an approach to “build a harmonious society characterized by democracy, rule of law, equity and justice.” Read More…

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