Congressman Frank Wolf Criticizes Obama Administration for Silence During UN Review of China’s Human Rights Record
Reprensentative Frank Wolf criticized the silence of the U.S. on human rights during China’s UN Review.
2/13/09 China (ChinaAid) In remarks on the House floor on February 9, ChinaAid learned that Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) criticized the Obama Administration for failing to actively participate in a United Nations review of the human rights records of “four of the worst offenders of human rights and religious freedom in the world”: China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Congressman Wolf said he was “disappointed” that the United States has been silent during the Universal Periodic Review, the review occurring only every four years, by the U.N. Human Rights Council.
“The Obama Administration made a pledge to place human rights at the top of its agenda,” Wolf said. “By staying silent, it is off to the wrong start.”
Below are Rep. Wolf’s prepared remarks for the House titled “U.S. Delegation Silent at U.N. Review of Human Rights Abusers”:
I was shocked and disappointed to learn that for the last week, the U.S. delegation has been silent. How can America say nothing about four of the worst offenders of human rights and religious freedom in the world?
“China has been designated by the State Department’s annual Religious Freedom report as a country of particular concern every year since 1999. And the U.S. delegation has remained silent.
“Saudi Arabia, too, has received this designation for the past four years. And the U.S. delegation has remained silent.
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