Hilary Clinton criticizes China’s ‘worsening’ human rights record

April 9th, 2011 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr.9 (ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned China for what she alleged as its worsening human rights record, and expressed concern over reports of Chinese intellectuals and activists being “arbitrarily detained” in recent weeks, including the arrest of prominent artist Ai Weiwei on Sunday.

Clinton expressed her views as the State Department released its annual report on human rights around the world.

“Such detention is contrary to the rule of law and we urge China to release all of those who have been detained for exercising their internationally recognized right to free expression and to respect the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all of the citizens of China,” BBC quoted her as saying.

The survey assesses the state of human rights in 194 countries and also highlights serious human rights violations in Iran, Iraq, Burma, North Korea, the Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

Since the report covers 2010, it does not focus on the revolutions that have swept across the Middle East and North Africa this year, which led to the downfall of long-time authoritarian leaders in Tunisia and Egypt and sparked uprisings in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and other countries.
Referring to the changes sweeping the Middle East, the State Department said: “At this moment, we cannot predict the outcome of these changes and we will not know the lasting impacts for years to come,” adding that the United States would continue to closely monitor the situations in these countries. (ANI)

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