May 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.–On Thursday and Friday, representatives of the U.S. and China met to discuss human rights after more than two years of tense silence. Officials kept quiet about the results of the talks, and no political prisoners were released prior to or during the Human Rights Dialogue, differing from the Chinese governments pattern in earlier talks. The tone of the talks rested on a rhetoric of equality, with U.S. delegates acknowledging the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China as mutual partners and equal powers. Despite the pivotal import of the human rights talks, tangible results remain elusive. It remains to be seen as to whether the discussions in fact positively affect human rights in China. Read the media reports below:
U.S. RAISES RIGHTS WITH CHINA, MUM ON RESULTS. Read the AFP report, 5/14/2010.
U.S., CHINA TALK HUMAN RIGHTS AFTER HIATUS. Read the AFP/Channelnewsasia.com report, 5/14/2010.
U.S., CHINA SET 2011 RIGHTS MEETING IN CANDID TALKS. Read the Reuters report, 5/14/2010.
CONCERNED HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS DEMAND US-CHINA TALKS TO UPHOLD UNIVERSAL VALUES, DEMAND RELEASE OF PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE – 5/13/2010. Read the Statement issued by the Support Group for Prisoners of Conscience in China, the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, and the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group.
U.S.-CHINA RESUME HUMAN RIGHTS TALK FOR FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS. Read the Huffington Post article, 5/13/2010.
DOUBTS GREET U.S.-CHINA HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE. Read the article by the EpochTimes, 5/13/2010.
U.S. RISKS IRE WITH DECISION TO FUND SOFTWARE MAKER TIED TO FALUN GONG. Read the article by John Pomfret, 5/12/2010.
U.S./CHINA: USE TALKS TO ADDRESS HUMAN RIGHTS BACKSLIDING. Read the Human Rights Watch report, 5/10/2010.
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U.S., China Talk Human Rights – May 13-14
May 17, 2010