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U.S. condemns China in its 2002 Annual Human Rights Report

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[Washington, March 31, 2003] The US Department of State announced today the release of its 2002 Annual Human Rights Report. Mr. Lorne Craner, Assistant Secretary of State for Labor, Democracy, and Human Rights, hosted the report release ceremony.

This US Human Rights Report, Mr. Craner said, is “the compass to end abuses” worldwide. At this release meeting, Mr. Craner listed a number of cases to demonstrate the severe human rights violations in China, concerning prisoners related to political and religious reasons. When asked about Dr. Charles Li, a US citizen recently sentenced to three years in prison, Mr. Craner said that the US is not happy about it and that he has expressed this to his Chinese counterparts. He insisted that Dr. Li must be released.

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