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Again China (english)
26 Mar 2003

The Commission on Human Rights should:
Condemn China's grave human rights abuses. The resolution should call on the Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those held for peacefully exercising their rights of free speech, expression, and association including those accused of religious or political offenses, labor activism, and so-called separatist activities; to abolish the reeducation-through-labor system; to amend all relevant Chinese laws and regulations, such as the Trade Union Law, to bring them into conformity with international human rights law; to rescind the reservation to Article 8(1)(a) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and to permit workers to form and join their own trade unions and to bargain collectively.

The resolution should further urge revision of the Law on Protecting State Secrets to bring the scope of information deemed secret in line with international human rights standards; amend China's constitution so that freedom of belief encompasses manifestation of that belief "in worship, observance, practice and teaching;" rescind the requirement that to be legal, a congregation must be vetted and registered; permit foreign and domestic legal observers to attend all trials as provided for under international human rights standards; revise the Criminal Procedure Code such that the rights of defendants during trial and pre-trial proceeding are equal to those of prosecutors.

Urge China to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which it signed in October 1998.

Cooperate with U.N. mechanisms. The resolution should call on the Chinese government to invite U.N. Rapporteurs--particularly the Special Rapporteurs on torture, on freedom of religion, and on the independence of lawyers and judges to visit China. The Rapporteurs should pay special attention to the situation of Uighurs in the Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region.

February 27, 2003
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