US embassy cable - 06OSLO304

NORWEGIANS WON'T JOIN CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEMARCHE

Identifier: 06OSLO304
Wikileaks: View 06OSLO304 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Oslo
Created: 2006-03-14 15:13:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PHUM KJUS PREL NO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHNY #0304 0731513
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 141513Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY OSLO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3618
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 0720
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 1319
C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000304 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/14/2016 
TAGS: PHUM, KJUS, PREL, NO 
SUBJECT: NORWEGIANS WON'T JOIN CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEMARCHE 
 
REF: STATE 29669 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Mike Hammer for reasons 1.4 (b/d) 
 
1.(C) On March 14 we delivered reftel points to Haakon Arald 
Gulbradsen, Adviser on Human Rights/Chinese matters at the 
MFA. Although Gulbradsen thanked us for the points, he stated 
that Norway would decline the joint demarche request. He 
noted the existing (and future) bilateral efforts between 
Norway and China as the grounds for the refusal.  According 
to Gulbradsen, Norway is planning a Sino-Norwegian Roundtable 
on Human Rights and the Rule of Law to be held June 7-9 in 
Beijing. He stated that Norway would definitely consider the 
individuals outlined we listed, and would likely include most 
(if not all) of them in the "prisoner list" which the 
Norwegian government intended to submit to the Chinese 
government two weeks prior to the Roundtable. According to 
Gulbradsen, the Roundtable is designed to address (on the 
political level) Chinese human rights abuses and discuss how 
to "move forward."  Gulbradsen pointed out that Norway has 
already inquired with the Chinese government about jailed 
laborers Yao Fuxin and Xiao Yunliang, who are both referenced 
in our list. Additionally, he has heard word that Phuntsog 
Nyidrol, a Tibetan Buddhist nun also of concern to us, may 
soon be allowed to travel. 
 
2.(C) Gulbradsen was somewhat optimistic of the forthcoming 
Roundtable, noting that the January 4-6, 2006 Roundtable held 
in Oslo yielded "pretty good results." He cited positive 
Chinese responses to the January 2006 prison list (containing 
65 individuals) with respect to 49 prisoners. Gulbradsen 
noted he recently handed this existing list to the British 
Embassy in Oslo, who would coordinate future distribution 
among the Bern Process member states. 
Visit Oslo's Classified website: 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/oslo/index.cf m 
 
WHITNEY 

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