Amnesty International Not Relenting in Pressuring China on Human Rights

By Carter, Tom | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), March 25, 1999 | Go to article overview

Amnesty International Not Relenting in Pressuring China on Human Rights


Carter, Tom, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


While criticizing some U.S. practices, Amnesty International continues to press for a condemnation of China at the annual U.N. Human Rights Commission meeting under way in Geneva, a spokesman said yesterday.

A news report from Geneva this week said the human rights organization had "departed from its traditional criticism of China" when it denounced police brutality and executions in the United States at the opening of the session on Monday.

But Stephen Rickard, legislative director of Amnesty USA, said yesterday that the criticism of the United States did "not mean that China is getting a free ride."

"We've talked a lot about China and we will continue to talk about China," Mr. Rickard said. Amnesty USA is the U.S. branch of Amnesty International.

Amnesty International Secretary-General Pierre Sane said in Geneva on Monday that the United States "is failing to deliver the fundamental promise of rights for all."

"Human rights violations in the U.S.A. are persistent, widespread, and appear to disproportionately affect people of racial or ethnic minority backgrounds," said Mr. Sane, a Senegalese who has headed Amnesty's administration for the past seven years. …

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