German Foreign Ministry Report Blasts China!

A new German Foreign Ministry report on China’s human rights situation blasted its leaders for a systemaized process of abusing the rights of those who express disagreement with government policies. Although the report noted some improvement in the human rights situation, it listed criticisms such as laws that are introduced and then ignored for political reasons, holding dissidents in custody for as long as necessary, censoring the media, controlling Internet access, trials held in secret at which defendants are not even provided lelgal representation, torture, lack of freedom of speech, assembly and religion.

Defenders of China will no doubt point to America’s large prison population and its government sanctioned torture program in order to excuse away Chinese behavior. The essential difference is that in America, critics operate freely in the media and on Internet to attack the government for incorrect policies.