Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chinese Ambassador Lan Lijun Statement to Senate For Aff Ctee April 29 that DFAIT had Intention to Revive the Canada-China Human Rights Dialogue

"China is willing to conduct human rights dialogues with other countries to exchange ideas, to have a better understanding and to improve where we need to improve. With Canada, we had established a human rights dialogue. We conducted human rights dialogues on several rounds, but due to reasons on Canada's part, that dialogue has been stopped. I understand the government has an intention to revive that mechanism."

http://www.parl.gc.ca/40/2/parlbus/commbus/senate/Com-e/fore-e/47176-e.htm?Language=E&Parl=40&Ses=2&comm_id=8



I believe that the concerns expressed in my 2006 report for DFAIT on the Human Rights Dialogue are still valid. It can be read here:
English: http://spartan.ac.brocku.ca/~cburton/Assessment%20of%20the%20Canada-China%20Bilateral%20Human%20Rights%20Dialogue%2019APR06.pdf
Fran├žais: http://spartan.ac.brocku.ca/~cburton/Evaluation%20du%20dialogue%20bilateral.htm


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