From Lisa Schlein with Voice of America, “China’s Human Rights Record Challenged at UN”:
A senior program officer for Human Rights in China, Shiwei Ye, told VOA the Chinese government implements very severe and restrictive policies on political and civil rights, as well as on social, economic and cultural rights.
Despite these concerns, he noted that since the last UPR in 2009, there has been a continued explosion of citizen activism in China that gives him hope that things will change for the better.
“Of course, on the other hand, there is a serious crackdown ongoing. But. despite the crackdown, citizens are becoming less afraid to speak out. And, because they are less afraid, the government is growing more afraid of its own citizens. So, we hope that China will stop being afraid of its own citizens and start listening to them and start working with citizens to address their legitimate grievances because this is key to sustainable development and the healthy development of the rule of law in China,” said Ye.