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China reneges on human rights pledges, US states

AFP , BEIJING

China has failed to meet the pledges it made in convincing the US not to introduce a resolution condemning it at the UN Human Rights Commission earlier this year, a top US official said yesterday.

"They said in the run-up to the decision-making that they are willing to do certain things, and we were willing to test that proposition, and thus far ... the Chinese have not done very well, I'm sorry to say," said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Randy Schriver.

According to Schriver, Washington asked Beijing to declare that minors were entitled to religious freedom, allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to open a permanent office in China, permit regular visits by UN rapporteurs, and conduct parole reviews for some political prisoners.

"I think that the Chinese, in an effort to [assure no] resolution, gave us indications that they were going to move forward in these areas ... To date we haven't seen the progress we wanted to see," he said in an interview with Radio Free Asia.

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