Commentary: Human Rights? No More Lip Service Please

In an op-ed piece in Xinhua, Zhou Yan questions the response of some Western media outlets to the recent protests in and around Tibet:

Some Western media are swinging behind a few “rights groups” as if they have finally got the much-needed evidence to prove the Chinese government’s “crackdown” and “tyranny” on the Tibetan people.

Xinhua’s reports, released on Thursday confirming police opened fire and injured four in self-defence in Sunday’s unrest in Aba county of Sichuan Province, were amplified in a most incredible way by these “rights groups” and some Western media followed suit to slam China’s human rights record and the Beijing Olympic Games.

Also amplified was the death toll.

These same “rights groups”, shortly after last Friday’s Lhasa riot that witnessed killings, beatings, lootings and arsons, had slammed China even for its use of warning shots and tear gas to prevent the violence.

Out of a deep-rooted bias, they refused to believe China’s official media and the Chinese government.

Except, perhaps, the shooting part.


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