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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang's Remarks on "2006 U.S State Department Human Rights Report"

2007-03-07

Q: U.S State Department recently published its annual Human Rights Report. In the section of China, it criticizes the human rights condition in China. What is China's comment?

A: The China section in the U.S State Department's 2006 Human Rights Report once again turned a blind eye to solid facts, attacking irresponsibly China's human rights. We express our strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition.

The Constitution of China clearly stipulates that human rights shall be respected and safeguarded. Governments at all levels in China stick to the principle of administrating for the people and putting people at first. A lot of efforts have been made to expand democracy and reinforce the rule of law in China. Human rights in China have made new progress constantly. Chinese citizens enjoy human rights and fundamental freedom under the framework of law. This is a fact witnessed by all.

It's the consensus of the international community that the U.S is not qualified to be the "human rights guard" at all. We strongly advise it to focus more on human rights problems within its own boundary and stop its erroneous activities of interfering in other countries' domestic affairs with the excuse of human rights.

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