China Aid signs joint statement pressuring U.S. to push China on human rights

China Aid
By Ava Collins

(Midland, Texas—June 17, 2016) China Aid joined with several other international human rights organizations on June 2 in drafting a letter requesting that the U.S. government make a strong public statement expressing its concern about the human rights situation in China and request the release of political prisoners.

The letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, urges them to call on the Chinese government to withdraw legislation that denies human rights to its citizens during the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED), which convened in Beijing June 6-8, 2016.

Furthermore, it requested public acknowledgement by the U.S. government of the concerning state of human rights in China and a call for the Chinese government to release all individuals who have been unjustly imprisoned or have disappeared for peacefully exercising their fundamental human rights.

The letter addressed seven specific human rights concerns, recommended practical actions for the U.S. government to pursue at this high-profile, wide-ranging, diplomatic gathering and expressed the signatories’ readiness to assist as needed. It also encouraged the Obama Administration to identify areas of U.S.-China policy to build upon for the benefit of future administrations as the U.S. is expected to face an increasingly complex relationship with China in the years ahead.

To read the full letter, click here.

China Aid joins with other human rights organizations to make statements such as this one in order to expose human rights and religious freedom violations and promote increased freedoms and rule of law in China.

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