NGOs Question UN Agency's Whitewashing of China's Abuses

    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Conscience Foundation
and China Aid Association today jointly issued an open letter to the United
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, High Commissioner for Human Rights
Navanethem Pillay, and member states of the United Nations Human Rights
Council (UNHRC), revealing that a summary report from the Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had whitewashed China's human rights

    Open Letter:
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    On February 9, 2009, the UNHRC is to review China's human rights records
in its universal periodic review (UPR) procedure. Over twenty independent NGOs
have submitted reports to UNHRC on China's human rights conditions. OHCHR is
responsible for summarizing these NGO reports for UNHRC.

    After comparing it with those original NGO reports, the Conscience
Foundation found that the OHCHR's summary report excluded all complaints from
NGO reports on the Chinese government's gross and systematic human rights
violations against multiple victims groups, including Falun Gong, Christians,
Uyghurs, Tibetans, and human rights lawyers and defenders and additionally,
that the report used information from Chinese government-affiliated
institutions to counter independent NGOs' criticisms of the Chinese
government's human rights abuses.. The Conscience Foundation's detailed
analysis of OHCHR's summary report and how it effectively served to cover up
China's human rights abuses can be found at:
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    In the open letter The Conscience Foundation and China Aid Association
request that High Commissioner Pillay look into the issue it has raised and
take corrective measures. They also request that UNHRC postpone the UPR of
China until a fair and objective summary report can be prepared to replace the
current one. They believe the issue they have raised is serious not only
because it undermines the fairness of the UPR of China, but more because it
threatens the credibility of the entire UPR process. As it is, OHCHR's summary
report cannot serve as a fair and objective document for the UPR of China, and
will render the UPR of China illegitimate.

    In a separate letter on January 26, 2009, the Conscience Foundation's
affiliated Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group requested the Foreign
Ministry of Canada to make a proposal to UNHRC to postpone the UPR of China.
Canada, India, and Nigeria are the three member states chosen by UNHRC to
facilitate the UPR of China.

    Contact: Shizhong Chen, +1-858-366-5818  Arleen Freeman, +1-619-280-5177


For further information:

For further information: Shizhong Chen, +1-858-366-5818, or Arleen
Freeman, +1-619-280-5177, both of the Conscience Foundation, Web Site:

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