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China’s human rights record “is utterly disgraceful” and getting worse

A Chinese Catholic kisses a crucifix during a pilgrimage in Baoji, China, in this May 3, 2013, file photo. (CNS photo/Wu Hong, EPA)
A Chinese Catholic kisses a crucifix during a pilgrimage in Baoji, China, in this May 3, 2013, file photo. (CNS photo/Wu Hong, EPA)

The report released Thursday by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China says that there are 8,000 “cases of political or religious imprisonment in China”.

China’s “utterly disgraceful” human rights record is not just bad, it’s getting worse every year, a new Congressional report has warned.

“The Chinese government’s human rights record is utterly disgraceful, continuing a downward trend over the past three years,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Committee on China, which published the report, stated on Thursday.

“The Chinese government took extraordinary and unprecedented steps last year to decimate the ranks of human rights lawyers, crush independent civil society and religious groups, and expanded controls over the Internet and the press.”

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China released its 15th annual report on China on Thursday. Created in 2000 by the U.S.-China Relations Act, the commission “is mandated to monitor human rights and rule of law developments in China,” the report stated.

“China – now ranking as the world’s second largest economy – has benefited greatly from the international rules-based system in driving its economic transformation and growth,” the report’s executive summary stated.

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