China: Human Rights

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:57 pm on 6th February 2006.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench 2:57 pm, 6th February 2006

My Lords, following the arrest of the blind Chinese human rights activist, Cheng Guangcheng, for protesting against the compulsory sterilisation or abortion of 7,000 women in one county of the Shandong province over a four-month period and following the continued imprisonment or torture of political and religious dissenters in China, how do Her Majesty's Government view Google's self-serving and supine decision to allow the Chinese Government to censor its search engine, expunging all references to the one-child policy, human rights, democracy and events such as the annexation of Tibet and the brutal reaction of Chinese forces in Tiananmen Square?