Activist Group Urges Missouri Lawmakers to Consider China's Human Rights Policies in China Hub Legislation
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Activist Group Urges Missouri Lawmakers to Consider China's Human Rights Policies in China Hub Legislation

Date: September 20, 2011
By: Matt Evans
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
While the China Hub legislation is under fierce debate, a group of activists are showing graphic images of Chinese repression in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda.
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Wrap: When lawmakers return to work on the controversial China Hub legislation, they'll be met with graphic images depicting Chinese Governmental repression on a peaceful group. Falun Gong activist Sara Effner wants to make lawmakers think about the bill.

Actuality:  EFFNER3.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "I think China's human rights record is definitely something to take into consideration. I don't see why they wouldn't take that into consideration."

 

Republican Representative Barney Fisher declined to speak about China specifically, but did say he wouldn't want to do business with governments that "trample on human rights."

Actuality:  FISHER1.WAV
Run Time:  00:02
Description: "I wouldn't want us doing business with North Korea."

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.

Intro: 
Missouri lawmakers will be met with graphic paintings depicting Chinese repression and torture on a spiritual group when they come back to the statehouse to continue work on the China Hub bill.
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Wrap:  One activist of the repressed Chinese spiritual group Falun Gong wants to bring to light Chinese repression as the meetings get underway.

Actuality:  EFFNER2.WAV
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Description: "We just present the facts and let people make their own decisions."

Republican Representative Barney Fisher declined to talk specifically about China, but did say he thinks human rights is an important issue when deciding the China Hub legislation.

Actuality:  FISHER2.WAV
Run Time:  00:08
Description: "I wouldn't want us doing business with North Korea, or Syria, or any other people who trample on human rights."

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.

Intro: 
As Missouri lawmakers get back to work on legislation giving tax breaks for trade with China, they'll be met with graphic paintings of Chinese repression and brutality on a spiritual group in the rotunda of the statehouse.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: One activist wants to urge legislators to think about China's human rights record before going through with the controversial China Hub legislation.

Actuality:  EFFNER1.WAV
Run Time:  00:05
Description: "It helps them to know who they're dealing with and have a full picture before they proceed."

The China Hub bill doesn't have the Missouri House's approval yet.  Republican Representative Barney Fisher says he would be surprised if the bill passed.

Actuality:  FISHER3.WAV
Run Time:  00:02
Description: "Right now, I wouldn't put it any better than 50/50."

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans.


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