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China Resolution Not Tabled at UN

April 14, 2002

April 1-14, 2002

On April 4, 2002, activists urged the UN to address human rights abuses in China at the 58th Human Rights Commission. ''There is a rapid and a general deterioration of the human rights situation in China in every field,'' said Nicolas Becquelin, senior researcher at Human Rights in China. China’s record avoided scrutiny as the agenda of this year’s commission focused on events in Afghanistan and Middle East. This is only the second time since 1990 that a China resolution has not been tabled by either the European Union or the United States. ''The Commission on Human Rights has become a forum for defending governments' records rather than examining them,'' a statement of nine groups led by Human Rights Watch said. (HRW, BBC, Reuters)

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