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China Puts 'Human Rights' Into Constitution

March 15, 2004

By Patrick Goodenough

... The campaign group Human Rights in China says that, in the days leading up to the ten-day NPC session, Beijing police detained, placed under house arrest or restricted the movements of several hundred people, including dissidents, house church leaders and individuals wanting to petition the NPC.

"The intention to introduce human rights into the constitution will mean nothing unless the government can demonstrate that it recognizes and genuinely respects the concept," said the Hong Kong-based organization's president, Liu Qing.

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