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Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Edited by Jean-Philippe Béja, Fu Hualing and Eva Pils

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139064
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882209732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.001.0001
Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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In December 2008 some 350 Chinese intellectuals published a manifesto calling for reform of the Chinese constitution and an end to one-party rule. Known as “Charter 08,” the manifesto has since been signed by more than 10,000 people. One of its authors, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 but has remained in prison since 2009 for subversive crimes. This collection of essays—the first of its kind in English—examines the trial of Liu Xiaobo, the significance and impact of Charter 08, and the prospects for reform in China. The essays include contributions from legal and political experts from around the world, an account of Liu's trial by his defence lawyers, and a passionate—and ultimately optimistic—account of resistance, repression and political change by the human rights lawyer Teng Biao.

Keywords: Charter 08; Liu Xiaobo; Human rights; China; Constititutionalism

Book.  368 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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Introduction in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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The Sky is Falling: <i>Inciting Subversion and the Defense of Liu Xiaobo</i> in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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Breaking through the Obstacles of Political Isolation and Discrimination in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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Boundaries of Tolerance: <i>Charter 08 and Debates over Political Reform</i> in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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The Threat of Charter 08 in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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Democracy, Charter 08, and China's Long Struggle for Dignity in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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Charter 08 and Charta 77: <i>East European Past as China's Future</i>? in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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Challenging Authoritarianism through Law in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

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