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Taking rights seriously? Official policy and actual practice

Randall Peerenboom

in China Modernizes

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226122
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696183 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226122.003.0003
Taking rights seriously? Official policy and actual practice

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This chapter presents a brief overview of the official human rights policy of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and examines China's record on personal integrity rights and civil and political rights. It puts China under the notorious level-4 ranking on the Political Terror Scale (PTS) based on both Amnesty International and Stated Department reports. It also gives China a low score on civil and political rights. Furthermore, it explains China's stand on freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, pornography, and freedom of assembly. It concludes that China clearly falls far short on civil and political rights when judged against countries in its income class.

Keywords: People's Republic of China; Political Terror Scale; civil rights; political rights; freedom of thought; freedom of assembly; freedom of speech; human rights policy; integrity rights

Chapter.  16716 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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