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UN Human Rights Chief To Visit China

29 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour is due in China today to discuss Beijing's compliance with UN recommendations on improving its human rights record.

Arbour is due to meet President Hu Jintao and other senior officials during her five-day visit.

Rights groups regularly raise concern about the lack of religious and media freedoms, the situation in Tibet and other human rights issues in China.

China signed the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights -- the main international agreement guaranteeing civil liberties -- in 1998 but has not ratified it yet.