Human Rights Watch Annual Report Highlights Continued Problems in China

January 24, 2005

In its recently released annual report on world human rights, Human Rights Watch highlights continuing problems in China. While recognizing limited progress with respect to legal development, more independent news reporting, and attention to public opinion, the report concludes that China "remains a highly repressive state" and that the "promise to uphold the rule of law has been compromised by continuing widespread official corruption, Party interference in the justice system, and a culture of impunity for officials and their families." The report's seven-page summary of China’s human rights situation is available here.