"In April 2009, the Chinese government unveiled its first-ever National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP). Adoption of the NHRAP was a welcome development, suggesting greater Chinese government commitment to the rights embodied in China's laws and constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. During the two-year term of the NHRAP, which ended in December 2010, the Chinese government continued its policy of prioritizing the rights of 'subsistence and development' over civil and political rights. The United Nations praised China's successes in delivering on some of those economic and social rights, particularly in the areas of poverty alleviation. While the Chinese government promoted the potential of the NHRAP to address serious human rights deficiencies, it simultaneously tightened restrictions on rights to expression, association, and assembly. Abuses included the sentencing of high-profile dissidents such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to lengthy prison terms on spurious state secrets or 'subversion' charges, expanded restrictions on media and internet freedom, as well as tightened controls on lawyers, human rights defenders, and nongovernmental organizations. During the NHRAP period, the Chinese government broadened controls on Uighurs and Tibetans, and engaged in widespread enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions, including in secret, unlawful detention facilities known as 'black jails.' Promises Unfulfilled details that rollback of key civil and political rights and how those limitations enabled--rather than reduced--a host of human rights abuses specifically targeted in the NHRAP. The report also provides recommendations for how the Chinese government can make meaningful improvements in its approach to human rights in 2011."--P.  of cover.
"Edited by Sophie Richardson."--P. 67. "January 2011"--P. following t.p. verso.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Map of China NHRAP Categories Summary Methodology I. Progress in Achieving NHRAP Objectives II. Unmet NHRAP Objectives Rights of Detainees Torture Illegal Detention Death Penalty The Right to Fair Trial The Rights to Information, Redress, and Expression Media Censorship Denial of the Rights of Petitioners Internet Controls Right to Health Rights to Freedom of Association and Assembly Guarantee of Human Rights in the Reconstruction of Areas Hit by the Devastating Earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan Province The Rights of Minorities Performing International Human Rights Duties and Conducting Exchanges and Cooperation in the Field of International Human Rights III. The NHRAP's Omissions China's Hukou System Property Disputes, Forced Evictions, and Demolitions Abuses of the Rights of China's Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, and Transgender Population China's Human Rights Guarantees for Foreign Policy, Investment, and Development Initiatives IV. Recommendations To the Government of the People's Republic of China Acknowledgments.
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