Saturday, August 2, 2008
Brownback: China leads world in human rights abuses
A conservative U.S. senator is urging President Bush to press Chinese leaders about their crackdown on religious freedom when he travels to Beijing to watch the Summer Olympics.President Bush recently held talks with five Chinese dissidents to "discuss his concerns about human rights in China" and to promise that he would carry those concerns to Beijing. One of the Chinese activists, Bob Fu of the China Aid Association, implored Bush to intercede on behalf of an imprisoned house church leader.Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) is also asking Bush to raise concerns about religious persecution in China. He says China remains the greatest enabler of human rights abuses around the world."Whether it's their relationship with Zimbabwe or North Korea or Myanmar, Sudan, the Chinese are either supplying economic dollars and activities to those regimes or blocking for them, or slowing things down in international bodies from...stopping the abuses," said Brownback. "And they abuse their own citizens, such as what you're hearing taking place through the house church, which has been something ongoing..." he notes.Brownback has released documents detailing the Chinese government's plan to monitor the Internet activity of hotel visitors near Olympic venues.
As in the days of Noah...