Following are translated highlights from the July 2006 issue of Ren Yu Ren Quan. A printer-friendly PDF version is available for download.
The full Chinese-language issue can be read at http://www.renyurenquan.org. The Ren Yu Ren Quan editors can be contacted at RYRQeditor[a]hrichina.org.
Special Focus: Reform of China's Health System
This issue's special focus was the reform of China's health system, with three articles by Zhang Yaojie (Beijing), Mou Chuanhang (Qingdao) and Fan Baihua (Nanjing).
On 28 July, 2005, the Chinese State Department issued a report on medical reform which acknowledged that "at present China's sanitation reforms are simply not succeeding," along with supporting figures.
A number of commentators attribute the failure of the health system reforms to commercialization. In this issue, three authors examine the problems based on personal experience and research. They indicate that failures should be viewed as the consequence of an authoritarian regime and that ultimately the solution to medical reform lies in constitutional reform.
A speech given by Hu Ping at the 2006 Workshop on Chinese Human Rights in Taipei suggests that modern Chinese society combines the worst of socialism with the worst of capitalism. With no improvements in first-tier human rights (right to freedom of speech, publication, assembly in civil organizations, etc.) and significant regression with regard to second-tier human rights (compulsory education, medical insurance, etc.), China's record is poor by any standards. Hu Ping notes that China is not Cuba or North Korea, and that if this trend is allowed to continue unchecked, a powerful nation with no respect for basic human rights will present a serious threat to world peace.
In "Constitution, Constitutional Government, and Rule of Law" Gong Shengli (Guangdong) emphasizes that the point of constitutional government is to limit power. Without such restriction, there is no legal safeguard, and "rule of law" becomes an empty phrase.
In "Hu Ping and the 'Democracy Wall' generation," Liu Xiaobo (Beijing) analyses the phrase "sick with cynicism," coined by Hu Ping, as an accurate assessment of the climate in China following the post-June 4th crisis. According to the author, the wide circulation of an essay by Hu Ping on mainland websites has led to the present popularity of the term "cynic" in mainland intellectual circles.
Also in July's Ren Yu Ren Quan: