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The New York Times: Clashing Views of China’s Human Rights Record at U.N. Hearing

October 20, 2013

From Chris Buckley with The New York Times, “Clashing Views of China’s Human Rights Record at U.N. Hearing”:

The Chinese government has detained or intimidated Chinese citizens who have sought a say in their government’s submission or tried to travel to Geneva for the meeting, said Sharon Hom, the executive director of Human Rights in China, an advocacy group with offices in New York and Hong Kong. Those detained include Cao Shunli, a woman who disappeared in September as she was preparing to take a flight to Geneva, Ms. Hom said.

“This time, the big difference is China’s own citizens,” she said by telephone from Geneva, where she was planning to attend the session on China. In May, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs used a hard-to-find notice on its Web site to give citizens about two days notice to submit any views about the rights review, she said.

Ms. Hom said: “You are having this kind of very conscious, heavy-handed threatening of citizens who are simply trying to participate as is their right.”

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