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UN Human Rights Council : China

"In April 2010, population-planning officials embarked on a 20-day campaign to complete a quota of 9,559 sterilizations, by consent or by force." (AFP)

Mission of the Human Rights Council:
"The General Assembly...2. Decides that the Council shall be responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner; 3. Decides also that the Council should address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations, and make recommendations thereon..." (Resolution 60/251)

China's Term of office: 2009-2012

China's Record on human rights:
"The government's human rights record remained poor and worsened in some areas...Tibetan areas remained under tight government controls. The detention and harassment of human rights activists increased, and public interest lawyers and law firms that took on cases deemed sensitive by the government faced harassment, disbarment and closure...[A]uthorities continued to confine citizens for reasons related to politics and religion...Cases of forced entry by police officers continued to be reported...Authorities monitored telephone conversations, fax transmissions, e-mail, text messaging, and Internet communications. Authorities also opened and censored domestic and international mail...Protests against the political system or national leaders were prohibited...Violence against women remained a significant problem...the country's birth limitation policies retained harshly coercive elements in law and practice." (US State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2009, China)