Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue Number: A11-G4

Release Date: April 8, 2003

Topic: Ms. Ciping HUANG's Speech to United Nations' Human Rights Commission


Editor's note:

Right now, United Nations' Human Rights Commission is having its 59th session in Geneva, Switzerland.  Like the past years, the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition under the leadership of WEI Jingsheng continues its activities in UN to condemn Chinese government's human rights abuses, to promote human rights, and to make human rights alliance on a global stage.  The following is the official transcript of the speech made by Ms. Ciping Huang, the Secretary General, on April 7, 2003.  It was presented to several hundreds of representatives from all the nations and NGO's (non-governmental organizations) during the session on Item 10 (in regarding social and cultural rights).

It is sad to point out that, although she thought she has much more materials and witness in hands in the other areas, such as religious persecution and abuse and tortures, etc., she found out she had a difficult to cut this speech on education short to fit the time frame.

Please stay tuned for more reports about our activities in Geneva.


Chinese Government Denying the Basic Human Rights to Chinese, Including the Education Rights

Thank you Mr. Chairperson,

My name is Ciping HUANG, today I am speaking on behalf the Transnational Radical Party. 

The Chinese government is denying the basic human, social and cultural rights to our Chinese fellows, including education rights. 

1. Education in the poverty and remote areas are in the low level.  In some areas, children have to quit school due to the lack of money, as little as cost of 5 eggs.  Recent studies conducted in 9 poor provinces show 10% rural children have never enrolled in primary school and 35% cannot finish 9 years of basic education.

2. Discrimination against females is evident in difficulties for girls to get an education, not to speak of selective abortions or many baby girls left to die because of China's one-child policy.  Even Chinese government's census data demonstrates that girls have less probability of enrollment at all level of school, especially in the poor areas.  This contributes to turn millions of young teenage girls into a cheap labor force.  Such girls are exploited physically, psychologically and sexually.  They even get raped.  Their suffering and lack of respect engendered by their low social status causes low self-confidence and a high suicide rate.  In fact China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.  Even with a college degree, for female students it is much harder to find a job, not mentioning a desirable job. I was one of them myself.

3. "Compulsory education" guaranteed by law is an empty promise.  Entry into the better schools often requires a sponsorship fee of 50000 to 200000 Yuan RMB which is equivalent to years, even decades of income for an average family.  According to the statistics in year 2000, Chinese universities can have an intake of only 4-6 percent of high school graduates.  This limited space causes high competition between students and huge extra tutor fees.

4. Another approach of the government to deceive the Han Chinese consists of providing much worse education conditions for Chinese minorities, considered as "less human".  The refusal of teaching native languages to minorities such as Tibetans and Uyghurs is only one of many ways for the Chinese government to intentionally destroy their cultural identity and pride.

5. Chinese government denied not just the access to medication in the pandemic crises, but also intentionally blocks the information without caring about the tragic consequences.  As a result, millions of lives are ruined by the spread of HIV/AIDS.  The recent cover-up of the emergence of the SARS virus caused deadly damages not only to the Chinese, but also to the whole world.

6. Low pay and scant of teacher's position leads to a low standard of teaching and a disproportionate number of students for every teacher. It is not unusual to hear of middle-aged teachers die after a long time struggle with heavy duties, especially in ordinary schools or remote areas.

Nevertheless, in the name of education, Chinese government further abuses Chinese human rights.  There are many activities and events aimed nominally at helping the poor areas, such as the "Hope Project".  The Chinese government had even decided to stop this project in the face of overwhelming public outrage at the corrupt way this project was administered.  Yet, the reporters who publicized the scandals got punished and the project - the government's excuse to be free of responsibility for offering minimal education - was resumed and continued to be a means of further corruption. 

Mr. Chairman, the government claims to invest a lot in education. However, more of the money was consumed in the "business banquets" and other scandal events than in education itself.

The Chinese government is powerful and effective in suppressing people's human rights and dissidents' voices.  Yet, it has failed miserably to carry out its education promises, and did not fulfill the covenants it has signed with the United Nations for the rights of the child, and promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for different cultural identities, and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.  The Chinese government signed the latter Covenants 23 years ago, yet women's situation has been only worsening.

Mr. Chairperson, the Transnational Radical Party therefore urges to the Commission to pay attention of these human rights abuses by the Chinese government.  We ask the Commission to monitor and help the enforcement of the basic rights of the Chinese people.

Thank you.



Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue Number: A11-G4

Release Date: April 8, 2003

Topic: Ms. Ciping HUANG's Speech to United Nations' Human Rights Commission














中国政府在压制人权和不同意见方面展示了巨大的权威和效力。但是很悲哀,它不能把自己对义务教育的承诺承担起来,也没有贯彻它和联合国签署的条约,其中包括儿童权益、尊重保护不同地区的文化和风俗,禁止歧视妇女等方面的条约。中国政府23年前签署了禁止歧视妇女 的联合国条约,而妇女在中国的地位却每况愈下。




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