Amnesty International Press Statement


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Amnesty International Welcomes Candid U.S. State Department Report on Human Rights in China

Contact: AIUSA media office, 202-544-0200 x302,

(Washington) — T. Kumar, Amnesty International USA advocacy director for Asia and the Pacific, made the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of State’s findings on China in its annual report on human rights around the world:

Amnesty International applauds the U.S. State Department’s candid review of the worsening human rights situation in China, a concern the organization has brought to light on numerous occasions.

The U.S. government’s own evidence points to dire circumstances for the Chinese people that can no longer be ignored, even as the United States works with China on other pressing issues.

These facts must catalyze the Obama administration to quickly incorporate these findings into their formulation of foreign policy toward the country – a foreign policy that not only acknowledges and denounces, but also takes concrete steps to effectively address the unacceptable state of human rights in its bilateral and multilateral forums with China.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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