Skip to content Skip to navigation

Experts Raised Key Systemic Issues in UN Rights Review of China

May 9, 2014

In Geneva on May 8, in a review of China’s implementation of a broad range of obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, independent experts on a UN committee raised a host of questions on some deeply-rooted and highly-charged systemic issues linked to human rights abuses in China.

Among the key issues and concerns raised by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights were: limited civil society consultation in the State report China submitted in advance of the review, repression of human rights defenders, a pattern of corruption and its impact on the judiciary, the impact of the household registration (hukou) system on equal enjoyment of rights, the status of draft legislation to sanction domestic violence, and the gender impact of forced evictions and other practices.

In response, the Chinese delegation, as usual, presented statistics and cited formal law and policy as indications of progress, and made frequent assertions of China’s special “national conditions” as a developing country to justify different approaches or push back against constructive recommendations.

Within the next two weeks, the Committee will issue its concluding observations and recommendations on the concerns raised during the review. China has the obligation to implement these recommendations and, as repeatedly stressed by the Committee, ensure civil society can freely and meaningfully participate in the process.

China’s next human rights review of its implementation of international obligations will focus on women’s rights, under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It is scheduled to take place sometime between late October and early November 2014.

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 2014 Review of China (Part 1 of 2)

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 2014 Review of China (Part 2 of 2)

Explore Topics

709 Crackdown Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention All about law Arbitrary Detention
Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship
Charter 08 Children Chinese Law Circumvention technology Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists
Citizen Participation Civil Society Commentary Communist Party Of China Constitution Consumer Safety
Contending views Corruption Counterterrorism Courageous Voices Cultural Revolution Culture Matters
Current affairs Cyber Security Daily Challenges Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents
Education Elections Enforced Disappearance Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China
Family Planning Farmers Freedom of Association Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion
Government Accountability Government regulation Government transparency Hong Kong House Arrest HRIC Translation
Hukou Human Rights Council Human rights developments Illegal Search And Detention Inciting Subversion Of State Power Information Control 
Information technology Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Human Rights International perspective International Relations
Internet Internet Governance JIansanjiang lawyers' rights defense Judicial Reform June Fourth Kidnapping
Labor Camps Labor Rights Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers Legal System
Letters from the Mainland Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo) National People's Congress (NPC) New Citizens Movement
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Olympics One country, two systems Online Activism Open Government Information Personal stories
Police Brutality Political commentary Political Prisoner Politics Prisoner Of Conscience Probing history
Propaganda Protests And Petitions Public Appeal Public Security Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor
Rights Defenders Rights Defense Rule Of Law Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Special Topic State compensation
State Secrets State Security Subversion Of State Power Surveillance Technology Thoughts/Theories
Tiananmen Mothers Tibet Torture Typical cases United Nations US-China 
Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups Women Youth Youth Perspective