Thursday, March 17, 2005

U.S. Won't Seek to Condemn China at UN Rights Meet

Reuters, Thursday, March 17, 2005; 4:53 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, which last month strongly accused Beijing of rights abuses, will not ask this year's session of the U.N. human rights body to censure China, a U.S. spokeswoman in Geneva said on Thursday.

In its annual review of respect for human rights around the world, the State Department last month said Beijing had used the global war on terrorism to crack down on peaceful opponents and committed other persistent abuses.

But U.S. spokeswoman Brooks Robinson said that Washington, which tried and failed to get the Commission on Human Rights to criticize Beijing in 2004, had decided that the situation there had improved over the past year. "There have been improvements," she said.

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