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Australian Delgegation Visiting Tibet on Human Rights Mission - 2003-07-30


Australian governmental delegation, led by Dr. Geoff Raby, Deputy Secretary of the Australian Foreign Ministry, is expected to visit Tibet this week following the seventh China-Australian Human Rights Dialogue held in Beijing on July 28,2003. The Australian Tibet Council (ATC) reports that the delegation is visiting Tibet for three days. The Australia-China bilateral human rights dialogue began in 1997. According to a joint statement issued after the talks, both sides recognized the "universality" of human rights and that all human rights are indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The two sides approved the Human Rights Joint Technical Cooperation Program for 2003-2004. While the ATC holds grave doubts about the efficacy of the Australia-China Human Rights Dialogue on the basis of the past results, there are a number of issues it has urged the Australian delegates traveling China and Tibet to raise.

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