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THE CZECH REPUBLIC must not remain silent on human rights violations in China
China, action created 29.4.2014, petition is active
Amnesty International is an organization that deals with many decades of human rights abuses in China. We are disappointed with the text of a press release of the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic (MFA) and the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued on 29. 4. 2014.
The statement reads that "Both sides reaffirmed their efforts concerning the promotion and protection of human rights on the basis of equivalence and mutual respect."
From the information that is available to Amnesty International, it is quite obvious that the PRC is a violator of human rights on a huge scale, but there are no indications that the PRC government has actually sought to change this situation.
Amnesty International's direct research on China in 2013 shows that:
Chinese authorities have systematically persecuted political activists, human rights defenders and online activists. Police arbitrarily restrict the freedom of hundreds of thousands of people by placed them in detention centers, including so-called RTL camps, where they are detained without access to an independent tribunal,
China does not respect its citizens' right to access to justice. Millions of people are submitting a petition to the authorities with complaints of an unjust legal system,
Christians, Buddhists and Muslims who practice their religion other than in the officially approved manner, and people practicing Falun Gong, are tortured, arbitrarily detained, imprisoned and otherwise severely limited in their right to freedom of religion,
PRC suppresses long-term fundamental rights of Tibetans - including freedom of assembly and association, freedom of religion and freedom of expression,
Local governments sell building land to finance stimulus projects, which in some cases leads to the forced eviction of thousands of people from their homes,
In China, thousands of people are executed each year - more than all other countries combined. The current legal system does not allow people sentenced to death to seek pardon from their sentence.
Criticism of human rights violations cannot be considered as an interference in internal affairs. On the contrary, it is one of the pillars of the global protection of human rights. We appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, not to succumb to any pressures to put the promotion of human rights in conflict with economic interests. In times of economic recession it is a crucial diplomatic skill of the Czech Republic to hold a principled position in accordance with the values of democracy and human rights.
We therefore call on Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, as part of its negotiations with the representatives of the PRC, to clearly declare the disapproval of Czech citizens with human rights violations in China.