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China: Human Rights

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have received on the lack of progress made through the United Kingdom-China and European Union-China human rights dialogues; what response they have given to the recommendations made by Amnesty International on the adoption of specific benchmarks against which to measure progress; and whether they have any other proposals for improving the productivity of these dialogues. [HL3590]

We receive and welcome regular feedback from Parliament and non-governmental organisations on the UK-China and EU-China human rights dialogues. We believe that the dialogues contribute to incremental progress on human rights in China within the context of a range of actions and representations by the UK, EU and other interested parties. They should be viewed and assessed within that wider context. We do not support the adoption of specific benchmarks against which to measure progress of individual sessions of the dialogues. We continue to assess and develop the dialogues and are working with the Chinese Government and the EU on a number of proposals.