China should act on human rights issues: Thierse

28th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2005, BEIJING - The president of Germany's parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, pushed China on Thursday to act on critical human rights issues during a meeting with his counterpart Wu Bangguo in Beijing.

28 April 2005

BEIJING - The president of Germany's parliament, Wolfgang Thierse, pushed China on Thursday to act on critical human rights issues during a meeting with his counterpart Wu Bangguo in Beijing.

Thierse brought up, among other things, camp detentions, political prisoners held without legal proceedings and the liberal application of the death penalty, said his spokesman Wolfgang Wiemer.

Thierse will continue talks on the death penalty and detentions with rights professors, who are confident that the number of executions will decrease once the high court begins hearing cases.

More people are executed in China than in all the rest of the world combined. Though the exact number is not made public, experts estimate up to 10,000 Chinese are executed annually.

Wu brought up the subject of the European weapons embargo, saying it is "no longer up-to-date". Chancellor Schroeder, along with French President Jacques Chirac, is a leading backer of lifting the European Union arms embargo on China imposed after the bloody crackdown by Beijing on pro-democracy protesters in 1989.

Thierse, who is accompanied by members of all of Germany's major parties, will also visit Shanghai and is due to meet members of independent foundations and NGOs.

DPA

Subject: German news

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