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Friday, January 07, 2011

Rights Abuses Show China Will Not Be a True Leader: Sources

OSLO (Reuters) - China will not be a true world leader until it stops human rights abuses at home and support for 'brutal' regimes, former Czech President Vaclav Havel and Nobel Peace prize winner Desmond Tutu wrote in an editorial.

They said the world should strenuously object to the Chinese model for development which asserted "that anything, including domestic and international oppression, can be justified if it is viewed to enable economic growth."

They added that international scrutiny of Chinese human rights violations was not meddling in its internal affairs. "It flows from its (China's) legal commitments to respect the inherent dignity and equality of every person."

The article said that governments in Burma, Sudan and North Korea "remain free to commit mass atrocities against its peoples" and remain an international threat to security and peace due to China's support and weapon supplies. More...

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