Voice of America (VOA): China Affairs Executive Committee Urges President Bush to Submit Resolution to the UN Human Rights Commission Conference
(Clearwisdom.net) Reported by VOA reporter Tian Yie: On March 13, 2002, the China Affairs Executive Committee of the U.S. Congress urged President Bush to support the submission of a human rights resolution regarding China to the United Nations Human Rights Commission Conference. Nine senators, nine representatives and five high-ranking executive officers make up this committee, whose responsibility is to monitor the human rights situation in China, and to submit an annual report to President Bush and to the full Congress.
The eighteen U.S. legislators on the China Affairs Executive Committee of the U.S. Congress signed the letter to President Bush, asking him to support the submission of a resolution regarding the human rights situation in China. Congressional members admitted that in prior years the US has not been successful in passing resolutions on to the UN Human Rights Commission, but pointed out that the United States' active initiation of such resolutions have forced the Chinese government to recognize and become keenly aware that the U.S. and other countries are watching human rights issues. The letter also pointed out that although this action would not necessarily resolve problems in the rules and regulations, which are the root causes of these human rights violations, it would, however, ease the difficulties for people who are detained, and also sometimes alleviate the human rights violations themselves. All these considerations are good reasons to propose this human rights resolution regarding China.
In their letter, members of Congress expressed appreciation for President Bush's effort of sending a clear message to the Chinese government during his visit to China last month, where he reaffirmed that respecting international human rights standards is of utmost concern to the American people.