UN Experts Voice Concern Over China’s Crackdown On Rights Defenders

In a press release today issued by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, three UN independent experts expressed concerns over the crackdown on human rights defenders since Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize two months ago.  Liu was not allowed to leave China to accept his award in Oslo on Friday.

According to the experts “Since 8 October 2010, we have received reports of over 20 arrests or detentions of human rights defenders, and over 120 other cases of house arrests, including Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, travel restrictions, forced relocations, acts of intimidation, and blocking of means of communication, including removal of content on the Internet regarding the Nobel Peace Prize. ”

They further urged: “We call upon the Government of the People’s Republic of China to take all the necessary steps to put an end to these restrictions and reiterate our appeal to release all persons detained for peacefully exercising their fundamental rights, including Liu Xiaobo,” and called upon China to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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2 Responses to UN Experts Voice Concern Over China’s Crackdown On Rights Defenders

  1. Jennifer Chou says:

    Deriding the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo as “a farce,” Beijing handed out its own version of peace award the day before the Norwegians. The inaugural Confucius Peace Prize was awarded to former Taiwanese vice president Lien Chan for his contribution to promoting peace and dialogue between Beijing and Taipei. The chairman of the Confucius Peace Prize Committee stated that “given the political wisdom of Mr. Lien Chan, he would not refuse peace, nor would he refuse to accept the award.” Lien Chan was conspicuously missing at the award ceremony in Beijing. But there was no empty chair. The honorary chairman of the Nationalist Party (KMT) was represented by a six-year-old girl, handpicked by Beijing. The brightly lipsticked girl is dubbed “angel of peace” by the Chinese media. The word “farce” has hit new heights.

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