The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has postponed the adoption of China’s human rights report amid protests over the death and custody of a rights activist in Beijing and reports of delaying tactics by China. Last month, Human Rights in China quoted Cao Shunli’s lawyer as saying she suffered from tuberculosis, liver disease and other conditions and was not receiving proper medical treatment. China’s Foreign Ministry has denied that she died because of lack of medical care. Citing reports from people present at the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting on Wednesday, Renee Xia, the international director of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, said the Chinese delegation tried to stop representatives of a non-governmental organization from holding a minute of silence for Cao Shunli. This resulted in delays, meaning the report could not be adopted on Wednesday as expected. The council was expected to take it up again on Thursday.
(The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, March 19)