According to “China: Government Rebuffs UN Human Rights Council“, a news release from Human Rights Watch – the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, readily denied the evidence of human rights violations presented in front of that body and rejected any recommendation that might improve their human rights record.
Everyone heard that because the 2008 Olympiad was to be held in Beijing that the government was loosening it’s grip on power, allowing freedom of speech and generally shedding their nasty, totalitarian policies – but that didn’t happen.
Everybody must have been bought off to allow the PRC to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council because as the press release says:
“China has betrayed its obligation as an elected member of the council to uphold ‘the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,'” said de Rivero. “UN member states should not let the review process work this way, or they risk rendering the main reform of the UN’s human rights machinery irrelevant.”
Don’t we have a responsibility to the people of the PRC to offer them respite from their tyrannical overlords?