Civil Liberties in China

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The Constitution of the People's Republic of China was amended in 2004 to expressly include the protection of human rights, and the last revision of the Constitution in 1982 ostensibly guaranteed civil liberties such as freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly. In actuality, China still resorts to suppressive actions such as strictly controlling accessible content on the Internet and censorship of the media, as well as silencing criticism of government or calls for ...

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Overview

The Constitution of the People's Republic of China was amended in 2004 to expressly include the protection of human rights, and the last revision of the Constitution in 1982 ostensibly guaranteed civil liberties such as freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly. In actuality, China still resorts to suppressive actions such as strictly controlling accessible content on the Internet and censorship of the media, as well as silencing criticism of government or calls for political reform.

Civil Liberties in China explores both theory and practice by identifying key issues in Chinese ideology, government, and human rights. The book assesses historical evidence and empirical data, putting major legal cases in the context of Chinese traditions and culture. Abortion, the one-child policy, and privacy issues are given special attention.

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"This thrilling and stimulating volume by Li. . . . seeks to address many unanswered questions in China's legal system through new interpretations, different perspectives, and the assessment of historical evidence and empirical data in the context of Chinese traditions, culture, and legal experience. . . . Highly recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313358951
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/21/2010
  • Series: Understanding China Today Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Note on Transliteration xi

Introduction: Progress and Problems xiii

Chronology xxxiii

Chapter 1 A Constitutional History 1

Chapter 2 Sound Is Better Than Silence 33

Chapter 3 Faith and Freedom 49

Chapter 4 New Technology, New Battlefields 69

Chapter 5 Individual Rights and Collective Interests 89

Chapter 6 Rights of the Accused 107

Notes 129

Selected Bibliography 139

Index 149

About the Author 166

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