China to Appear Before UN Human Rights Council
Chinese officials are appearing before a United Nations panel to defend their country's human rights record that many say is stained by a worsening crackdown on dissent.
The Tuesday session in Geneva will be the second time Beijing has reported to the Human Rights Council, which reviews the rights record of each country every four years.
The hearing comes amid a series of arrests of Chinese rights activists, including some who were trying to participate in the government's report to the so-called Universal Periodic Review.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the Chinese delegation is looking forward to a "candid discussion" on human rights, but warned it will only accept certain types of criticism.
Kerry, French Counterpart Discuss Spying Allegations
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to discuss recent revelations that a U.S. spy agency eavesdropped on millions of phone calls of French citizens.
A spokesman for the foreign minister told reporters that during a breakfast meeting Tuesday Fabius asked his U.S. counterpart for an explanation of the spying practices. The spokesman called such practices "unacceptable."
On Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama called French President Francois Hollande to discuss French outrage about the scandal.
Mr. Obama told the French leader the United States is reviewing its intelligence gathering to ensure a balance between security and privacy.
The White House has complained that some allegations of U.S. activities carried in the French press were "distorted."