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Senate criticises US on human rights but baulks at China.

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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Australian Democrats Foreign Affairs Spokesperson 17 October 2003 MEDIA RELEASE 03/753

Senate criticises US on human rights but

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A resolution of the Senate on Wednesday October 15 highlighted the United States’ disregard for o criticised l Criminal

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practitioners, and encouraging China to continue its dialogue with Tibetan position’s refusal to

Democrats’ Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, said she was surprised at

“The fact that the Opposition was not prepared to express concern over ongoing human rights violations i icant,” said Senator Stott


“What is most ironic is that the strongest words in the China motion were modeled on a resolution passed by the United States Congress,” concluded Senator Stott Despoja.

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baulks at China

This week the Senate supported a motion criticising the United States on its recen record but baulked at supporting a similar motion in relation to China.

In the week ahead of the visits of President George Bush and President Hu Jintao Australian Democrats moved motions drawing attention to ongoing human rig with the United States and China.

human rights in its treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The resolution als attempts to prevent US citizens being prosecuted for war crimes in the Internationa Court.

However, when it came to the motion criticising China for the ongoing detention, to and rape of Falun Gong representatives regarding the future of Tibet, the motion was lost due to the Op support it.

Labor’s inconsistent position.

n China made its criticism of the United States more signif