China maintains very firm control over its population. Human rights advocates claim the abuses of this communist nation are many. Chinese authorities quickly arrest any person they consider subversive or who openly disagrees with state policy. Arrestees are often held for long periods of time without due process. It is estimated there are more than 500,000 people currently in custody who have not been charged or tried. Chinaâ€™s infamous â€œre-education through laborâ€ camps still operate, allowing police to imprison people for as long as four years without a trial or judicial review. These camps have increasingly been used by police to silence ordinary Chinese citizens petitioning to redress grievances against local officials. Chinaâ€™s human rights defenders are often harassed and placed under house arrest. Increased censorship of the Internet and other media greatly restricts free speech. China’s critics claim that international pressure, including the withholding of trade, is the only way to stop these abuses. Beijing supporters counter that the revocation of trade is a double-edged sword. Recently, Chinaâ€™s new administration has decided to ease its one-child policy for city-dwelling couples. This change allows couples to have two children if either the husband or wife is an only child. Among this and other reforms, it has also said it will abolish penal colonies for political prisoners.
H.R.491 – Global Online Freedom Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current China human rights policy and wish to pass H.R.491
I support promoting the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; using all appropriate instruments of U.S. influence to support the free flow of information without interference or discrimination; deterring U.S. businesses from cooperating with Internet-restricting countries in effecting online censorship, and wish to pass H.R.491
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to impose trade sanctions on China for violating the human rights of its citizens