China Rejects Human Rights Criticisms, Yet Again

Debate swells yet again, just days after China is dropped from the list of top 10 Human Rights Offenders.

China’s foreign minister on Wednesday hit out at critics of the country’s human rights record, accusing them of double standards while vowing their complaints would not tarnish the Olympic Games.

What’s especially interesting is the language used.

“We are strongly opposed to the practices of clinging to a Cold War mentality, drawing lines along ideology, creating confrontations, practising double standards and interfering in China’s internal affairs in the name of human rights,” Yang said.

“It is not the international community that is politicising the Olympic Games,” he said. “It is a small number of individuals and forces who are anti-China and very biased against China.”

I would just like to remind the minister that criticisms about human rights violations are not the same as being anti-China. The State Department’s findings about are unsurprising to pretty much everybody except the Chinese government, and that should say something.

“The government also continued to monitor, harass, detain, arrest and imprison activists, writers, journalists and defence lawyers and their families, many of whom were seeking to exercise their rights under the law,” the report said.

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