Today Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) challenged the Bush Administration to act on new reports of the Chinese government’s terrible human rights record. The U.S. State Department has publicly released the 2000 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which confirms the continuing deterioration of human rights in China. The report on China states:
"The Government’s poor human rights record worsened, and it continued to commit numerous human rights abuses. The Government intensified crackdowns on religion and in Tibet, intensified its harsh treatment of political dissent, and suppressed any person or group perceived to threaten the Government."
"If this hard-hitting report is to mean anything, the Administration must act on its words. The Bush Administration should make human rights a top priority in its China policy. I also call on President Bush and the Administration to organize and lobby other governments, at the highest levels, to support a resolution condemning China’s human rights practices at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Year after year the human rights situation in China continues to worsen and the international community continues to be silent. With the publication of this official report, the new Administration cannot ignore the deteriorating state of human rights in China. Now is the time to act," Pelosi said.