Why China Favors the Human Rights Dialogue with the U.S. (1)
Posted by Author on May 21, 2010
Li Tianxiao, via The Epochtimes, May. 20 –
The 15th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue resumed in Washington D.C. on May 13 and 14, after a two-year break. What seems to be a paradox is that as the world’s most notorious human rights violator, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has never tired of the Human Rights Dialogue, which dates back to the late 1990s.
The harsh reality is that throughout the past 20 years, the CCP has had an unparalleled disastrous human rights record. Land acquisition through forced relocation on a massive scale has caused numerous tragedies and disparate dissent. Deprivation of freedom of belief, speech and information has been enhanced by unfathomably inhuman persecution. Authority figures and gangsters have become more brazen than ever, collaborating on ubiquitous illegal opportunities in order to retain their special interests and privileges.
Sexual torture, the Golden Shield Project, forced organ harvesting, infanticide, World Expo refugees, school killings, disbarred and incarcerated lawyers and unprecedented civil petitioning have contributed to the country’s “human rights achievements,” with uniquely CCP characteristics. The impunity of the “610 Office” and the justification of “maintaining social stability” dominate as the CCP’s “measures for improving human rights.”
Stefan Esser, one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sized up the CCP’s “human rights contribution”: “China has a brilliant culture and philosophical understanding of humanity, but it is going through a period of violence, ignorance of human rights and political dictatorship.”
Even so, Chinese diplomats are still able to dispassionately “exchange views of human rights issues” with the United States, and even expound on the country’s “progress in human rights.” In a sense, the CCP seems to be fond of the Dialogue, which suggests that there must be something behind it all.
The nature of the Dialogue’s structure as it stands has inherent flaws.
First, the closed door dialogue approach enables the CCP to cover up its human rights violations. In closed conversations, the CCP faces no real threat or pressure, regardless of the subject matter. It can arbitrarily interpret the meeting minutes. Moreover, the CCP is inclined to quote guideline parameters: “Dialogue should be carried out in a constructive way, without double standards and confrontation. Human rights issues cannot be used as excuses for interfering in domestic matters.”
As a result, closed conversations have actually helped the CCP to dissipate the external pressures it faces on human rights issues. Defying public reprimand, the CCP deliberately emphasizes its participation in the Dialogue as a sign of improvement. With the absence of public pressure from the international community due to the Dialogue’s bilateral nature, the CCP will not improve on its human rights issues, which will only make matters worse.
Only open and formal dialogue can push the CCP to change. U.S. Congressman Chris Smith said, “The more transparency the better, this is not about nuclear secrets, not about weapons of mass destruction, it is about fundamental, universally recognized human rights…you need to hold governments, any governments to account; it’s all about accountability.” (to be cont’d)
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