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Congressional Executive Commission on China Releases Annual Report on State of Human Rights in China

October 21, 2009

CECC
October 20, 2009

Washington, D.C. -- The Congressional-Executive
Commission on China released its 2009 Annual
Report on human rights and the rule of law in
China on October 16
<http://www.cecc.gov/pages/annualRpt/annualRpt09/CECCannRpt2009.pdf>,
along with a PDF containing case records of 1,279
political prisoners currently detained or
imprisoned in China <http://www.cecc.gov/pages/victims/20091007_PPD.pdf>.

"We are deeply concerned about continued human
rights abuses and stalled rule of law reform
documented in the Commission's 2009 Annual
Report. Many Chinese government policies designed
to address social unrest and bolster the
Communist Party's authority are resulting in a
period of declining human rights for Chinese
citizens," said Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Chairman
of the Commission in a joint statement with
Representative Sander Levin, Co-Chairman of the Commission.

"The Chinese Government has made economic
development a priority, and has lifted hundreds
of millions of people out of poverty. But,
Chinese government policies and practices
continue to violate the rights of Chinese
citizens and fall far short of meeting
international standards," said Dorgan and Levin in a joint statement.

"The Report documents the challenges and
opportunities that exist for China to create a
more open society with greater respect for human
rights, including workers rights, and the rule of
law. Holding the Chinese government accountable
to its international commitments, including
trade, fundamental rights, and the rule of law is
an essential element for securing progress.

"A stable China firmly committed to the rule of
law and fundamental rights is in the national
interest of the United States. Those rights
include the right to speak freely, the right to
organize into independent unions, and to practice
the religion of one's choosing. To ensure a
positive U.S.-China relationship, it is vital
that China’s leaders demonstrate genuine
commitment, not just in words but in deeds, to
prioritizing fundamental rights in no lesser
measure than they have prioritized economic
development," added Dorgan and Levin.

The Commission consists of nine members of the
House of Representatives, nine Senators and five
senior Administration officials appointed by the
President. The Commission’s Annual Report is
among the most comprehensive, public examinations
of the state of human rights and the rule of law
in China produced by the US government.
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