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US undecided on UN resolution covering China's human rights record

[JURIST] The US remains undecided on whether to support a UN resolution on China's human rights violations, despite new evidence of improvement by the country, a US embassy spokeswoman has said. The resolution is expected to be considered at the meeting of the UN High Commission for Human Rights [official website] next month, as many Western governments have urged China to show improvement and openness. China recently released a list of 56 political prisoners to the US-based Dui Hua Foundation [official website], and provided information on other prisoners [text, PDF] to the group, which seeks to facilitate US-Chinese dialogue. Among the prisoners are Tibetans and Tiananmen Square protesters, and China listed 51 as being up for sentence reductions or having already received one. Dui Hua has more on the prisoners. US officials would not say whether they believed the releases were an attempt by the Chinese government to win favor before the March human rights summit. AFP has more.

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