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Democracy or nationalism? The anti-Western nationalism fanned by the Chinese authorities as a way of uniting the country at a time of difficult economic and social changes will not help to resolve social conflicts in the long run, argues Carl Gershman .
China’s modern history and its cultural traditions are often evoked to justify the country’s current authoritarian system of government. But Jeffrey Wasserstrom argues that looking back into the past can also be useful in advocating for greater respect for rights and freedoms. This essay’s main...
Formalistic cooperation masks rejection of key labor rights
A critique of the American labor movement’s stance Last year, one of the principal activities of the main US union federation, the AFL-CIO, was a high-profile campaign against the United States granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China. Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard argue that...
The Chinese working class, the ACTFU & engagement While sharing some of the concerns raised by Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard about US organized labor’s “China Campaign,” the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and China Labour Bulletin (CLB) argue against their proposal for...
The key to rights for China’s workers Bitter personal experience and wide observations of the conditions of Chinese workers led Li Qiang , a 28-year-old worker from Zigong, Sichuan, to become an advocate for independent unions. Li’s activism eventually forced him to flee his country. He now resides...
China sets low level for terms of agreement with UN High Commissioner On November 20, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chinese government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate human rights cooperation programs in China. B□trice Laroche looks at the significance of...
The Li Peng lawsuit & universal jurisdiction over violations of rights
Tiananmen mothers operate in ever-more circumscribed space The woman at the forefront of the Tiananmen Mothers? campaign against impunity, Ding Zilin , describes the difficulties they face in their work, the reasons behind their focus on humanitarian assistance for victims? families and the...
Announcing the launch of a global campaign Acting on the orders of the Chinese leadership, martial law troops brutally ended the Tiananmen Square protests when they opened fire with tanks and machine guns on the unarmed people of Beijing on June 4, 1989, initiating a massacre which took lives of...

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