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Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 1 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. International...
HRIC Interview On January 19, 2010, Václav Havel—playwright and former dissident who became the last president of Czechoslovakia and later the first president of the Czech Republic—spoke with HRIC executive director Sharon Hom about Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 , and the difficult process of democratic...
Translation by HRIC. February 5, 2010 After being denied permission by Chinese authorities to attend a literary festival in Cologne, writer Liao Yiwu wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking intervention. Liao is the author of The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China from the...
Liu Xiaobo 2005 Translation by HRIC, based on a translation by Wen Huang. A nation is composed of its people. People are the mainstay of a nation; they are also the source of national sovereignty and the owners of national interests. In a rational political system, the political power is conferred...
December 9, 2008 Translation by HRIC I. Preamble This year marks 100 years since China’s [first] Constitution, 1 the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Democracy Wall, and the 10th year since the Chinese...
Internet fever, state control and the hunger for free information

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