Beijing, Jan 11 (Agencies): China failed to deliver on its first human rights action plan as torture, illegal detention, censorship and other offenses continued in the country.

Human Rights Watch, the New York-based rights group, evaluated China's official two-year plan that ended last month.

It said the China Government deserves praise for openly publishing a human rights plan, but said its many failures left it "largely a series of unfulfilled promises”.

China's human rights were fully in the spotlight last year when imprisoned author and critic Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Liu's wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest and out of contact since shortly after the award was announced in October. Dozens of his supporters were harassed, detained or blocked from leaving China to attend the ceremony in Norway last month.

Among other notable cases of rights abuses was the disappearance of activist lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who emerged briefly last spring and discussed how he was beaten by security agents for hours at a time, before again going missing.

The Human Rights Watch report mentions numerous such cases, including the severe crackdown on the minority Uighur population in far western China after ethnic rioting there in the summer of 2009, and the forced deportation from Cambodia of 20 Uighurs seeking asylum from UN officials there.

Human Rights Watch researcher Phelim Kine said in an e-mail a copy of the group's report had been sent to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, but there was no immediate response.

China generally defines human rights from an economic point of view based on housing, food and better living standards. But its human rights action plan also promised to improve the situation on such issues as police torture and the right to information, assembly and a fair trial.