Oh Canada… China’s Human Rights Record Improving?

A report by Canadian diplomats obtained via Access to Information by the Globe and Mail suggests that China’s Human Rights record is improving. In addition to suggesting that that China is treating dissidents better because they are now only getting 5 years instead of 15-20 it states:

The report also maintains that Chinese scholars “continue to enjoy increasing intellectual freedom.” It praises the “steady increase in personal freedoms of the average person.” And it argues that the Chinese authorities “may be losing the battle to control the Internet.”

Tell that to Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning who are doing 10 years, thanks in part to Yahoo!.

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