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27 Jul 2015

Human Rights Campaign puts spotlight on China

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a report, the first in their series 'Global Spotlight,' in which they confront LGBT China today.

A report has just been released by Human Rights Council, an international organization pushing for LGBT equality, in which it investigates the progress made and the obstacles facing the Peoples Republic of China.

The report notes that China's poor record on freedom of speech, assembly and religion as well as LGBT equality will come under scrutiny as it seeks to hose the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The report outlines a history of homosexuality in China, including records of gender diversity and same-sex relations dating back to 650 BC. It also notes influential Chinese sociologist Li Yinhe, who sketches out the attitudes towards LGBT in China.

According to Li's research, "70 to 80 percent of Chinese are indifferent to homosexuality and the rest are divided between supporters and opponents. Hate crimes against LGBT people are rare." Furthremore, major religions in China,  Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism, neither reject nor embrace homosexuality.

However, the report also notes that "despite this outward tolerance, a report about the situation facing LGBT people and civil society in China issued by the United Nations and the U.S. government last year flagged a host of serious problems." Chinese LGBT lack protection from discrimination, recognition of relationships and stigmatism and discrimination are rampant.

The report continues to report on the role LGBT NGOs in the country including PFLAG China. It also takes into account the roles of corporations and employment rights. The report also tackles HIV amongst men who have sex with men in the country.

The full report can be read here:

Reader's Comments

1. 2015-07-29 03:57  
Not much really

China will get the Olympics. Russia did despite the homophobia.

Shame really
2. 2015-07-29 20:58  
All thanks to the way she treats people in her own backyard AND abroad, China is the most hated country on earth..and it seems her BFF Russia is now following suit.
Comment edited on 2015-07-29 21:00:53
3. 2015-07-30 02:40  
There are far far worse states.

Read some books maybe?
4. 2015-07-30 08:55  
That does not condone nor excuse their behavior.
And I don't think I have to publicly flaunt my knowledge of world affairs just to impress you...though it's safe to say that I know (and have experienced) a helleuva lot more than you do. ;)
Comment edited on 2015-07-30 09:06:30
5. 2015-07-30 14:05  
Indeed it doesn't. It simply shows you to be wrong.

No need to flaunt anything. Nor state things without evidence. We will use the evidence you provide, or don't, to form conclusions of course.
6. 2015-07-30 15:26  
Good. Keep your own advice in mind whenever you give your opinion,too.
Comment edited on 2015-07-30 15:26:32
7. 2015-07-31 04:06  
Are you thinking I don't?
8. 2015-08-02 07:18  
I know you don't ;)
9. 2015-08-02 14:21  
You are wrong then. Which is in keeping with your assertion that China is the most hated country on Earth.

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