China’s Offer To Resume Rights Talks Is Discounted

lobbied Chinese officials for ’s release during her recent visit to Beijing, while human rights organizations testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. From the Washington Post:

Human rights advocates have dismissed as a ploy China’s offer this week to renew talks on the issue with the Bush administration before the Beijing Olympics in August…

Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, told the congressional panel that China was not honoring its pledge to the International Olympic Committee…

In Wednesday’s hearing, Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.), the commission’s chairman, noted that China had committed in its Olympic bid to improve its human rights record, environmental regulation and access for the foreign news media covering the Games.

See also Telegraph’s report: China denies arrests over Beijing Olympics

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