Amnesty’s report about China

An Amnesty report about China says that human rights have gotten worse thanks to the upcoming Olympics, including increased use of “re-education through labour”.

A day later, China rejected the report, accusing Amnesty of viewing it with “tinted glasses”. Liu Jianchao at the foreign ministry in Beijing said Amnesty should “see China in a fair and objective way, and do something more constructive.”

And yet, a day after that Chinese retort, new news out of Sichuan province, which was hard hit by an earthquake earlier this year: a Chinese teacher who took photos of collapsed school buildings and put them up on the Internet has been detained, and, you guessed it, sent for “re-education through labour”.

I don’t think we can ever expect an improvement in the country unless something drastic happens.


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