Human Rights in China and U.S. Policy: Issues for the 113th Congress [March 15, 2013] [open pdf - 445KB]
"This report examines human rights issues in the People's Republic of China (PRC), including ongoing rights abuses, legal reforms, and the development of civil society. Major events of the past year include the PRC leadership transition, the Wukan protests over land expropriation, the negotiations that allowed legal advocate Chen Guangcheng to leave China, and the Tibetan self-immolations. Ongoing human rights problems include excessive use of force by public security forces, unlawful detention, torture of detainees, arbitrary use of state security laws against political dissidents and ethnic groups, coercive family planning practices, persecution of unsanctioned religious activity, state control of information, and mistreatment of North Korean refugees. Tibetans, Uighur Muslims, and Falun Gong adherents continue to receive especially harsh treatment. For additional information and policy options, see CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report R41007, 'Understanding China's Political System', by Susan V. Lawrence and Michael F. Martin, and the U.S. Department of State's 'Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011.'"
CRS Report for Congress, R43000
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