US slams China over worsening human rights record

Washington, Aug. 3 (ANI): A U.S. human rights official has said China's human rights record continues to be of a very poor standard and way short of acceptable international standards.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzra Zeya expressed concern about Chinese authorities treating relatives of dissidents, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Zeya was in Beijing to attend the 18th round of the annual human rights dialogue between the U.S. and China.

Meanwhile, human right activists have criticised the talks for being more of a diplomatic exercise than a serious tool to press China on the human right issues.

More than a dozen activists have been arrested in recent weeks in connection with the New Citizens Movement, a public campaign urging government officials to disclose their assets in a bid to curb corruption in the country. (ANI)

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