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 Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson in the Lords (With Special Responsibility for Africa), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Civil Liberties), Home Affairs 2:57 pm, 6th February 2006

My Lords, considering that the EU-China dialogue on human rights has been going on for 10 years—the UK-China dialogue for even longer—does the Minister agree that the time has come for a comprehensive review of those processes to identify what methodologies are effective in persuading the Chinese to improve their human rights record and where other and more effective methods might be tried?

Bearing in mind what the Minister said about persuading China to be constructive in regard to its international obligations, could the human rights dialogues be widened so that China is brought to a more comprehensive awareness of its responsibilities with regard to human rights in African countries where it is now playing an important role?