2004 UN Commission on Human Rights. Human rights concerns in Addendum on China
The international community has appeared to take a "softer" line on China by confining its human rights concerns to private dialogue sessions rather than public scrutiny.Tens of thousands of people continue to be detained or imprisoned in violation of their right to freedom of expression and association, and are at serious risk of torture or ill-treatment. Thousands of people have been sentenced to death. Increased restrictions have been placed on the cultural and religious rights of the mainly Muslim Uighur community. In Tibet, freedom of expression and religion continue to be severely restricted.