Draft Resolution United States of America 8 April 2004
The Situation of Human Rights in China
Bearing in mind that all Member States have an obligation to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms as stated in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the duty to fulfill the obligations they have undertaken under various human rights instruments,
Taking note of the significant transformation of Chinese society since the introduction of successful economic reform policies, including reducing the number of Chinese living in extreme poverty,
Taking note of some steps also taken by China over the past two decades to enhance the enjoyment of human rights, such as the announcement of the elimination of the administrative justice system of "custody and repatriation" and the widening of village elections,
Welcoming China's readiness to participate in human rights dialogues,
1. Expresses concern about continuing reports of severe restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, expression, conscience and religion, legal processes that continue to fall short of international norms of due process and transparency, and, arrests and other severe sentences for those seeking to exercise their fundamental rights, including those in Tibet and Xinjiang.
2. Encourages China to permit visits by United Nations Mechanisms, including Working Groups and Special Rapporteurs, and take additional steps to cooperate with the international community in the human rights area, including upholding its commitments under the 1967 United Nations Protocol on the Status of Refugees.
3. Invites the government of China, whose efforts to give effect to the social and economic well being of the population are to be recognized, to make substantive progress in systemic reforms to ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, in accordance with the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.