China Has Long Way to Go on Rights, U.N. Aide Says

BEIJING, MAR. 2, 2001 (Zenit.org).- China has «a very significant way to go» in meeting tradition standards of freedom of expression, association and religious belief, says U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson.

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Robinson visited Beijing from Feb. 24-26 to participate in a seminar on crime. Her visit was an opportunity to call for the abolition of the «re-education through labor» system used to incarcerate dissidents and Falun Gong followers, the international agency Fides reported.

The Beijing regime also has launched a campaign of repression against Christians who do not wish to adhere to the Chinese Patriotic Association, the state-approved church. The measures include the imprisonment of several bishops and priests.

On Feb. 28, China ratified the U.N. Convention on Social Affairs and Workers´ Rights, but it has not committed itself to guarantee the organization of independent labor unions and respect for other human rights.

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