Tuesday, November 04, 2008

China flags human rights action plan

More paper laws!

BBC via ABC: China is to introduce what it calls a human rights action plan over the next two years.

Officials say the plan will aim to expand democracy and strengthen the rule of law, but human rights organisations argue that words and plans in themselves are not enough.

The Chinese constitution has more than a dozen specific clauses which protect citizens rights including freedom of speech and freedom of religious belief, although these rights are often ignored on the ground.

For example, in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, China announced it had set aside three parks so that people might be able to protest. More than 70 applications were made, but not a single one of them was approved.


OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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