China Rebuffs West On Ending Death Penalty, Rights

From Reuters:

China rejected calls from Western and some Latin American countries on Wednesday to end the and to agree to enforce a wide range of human rights including allowing independent labor unions.

But it agreed to suggestions by Cuba that it ensure firm action against “self-styled human rights defenders working against the Chinese state and people” and from Iran to reinforce censorship of the Internet to limit “defamation of religion.”

China’s stance on these and related issues emerged in a final report from the United Nations Human Rights Council on discussions there on Monday of Beijing’s rights record, and on its later reaction to questions which were raised.

February 12, 2009, 6:01 AM
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