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Canadian Parliament Begins Probe of China’s Human Rights Record - 2004-05-06

Canada’s parliament on Wednesday launched a wide-raging probe into China’s human rights record. Mr. David Kilgour, chairman of the human rights sub-committee of the House of Commons organized the hearing. He said, “Silence in response to any abuse of human rights is unacceptable and it is especially objectionable in response to abuses that amount to cultural genocide -- as in Tibet.” Thupten Samdup, president of the Canada-Tibet Committee, told the hearing that Tibetans were counting on Canada to play an “honest broker” role in getting China to end its human rights abuses in Tibet.