Democracy, Charter 08, and China's Long Struggle for Dignity

Man Yee Karen Lee

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

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139064
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882209732 | DOI:
Democracy, Charter 08, and China's Long Struggle for Dignity

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This chapter considers Charter 08 as a manifestation of China's long fight for dignity by generations of dissidents. Indeed, despite the different views between Wei Jingsheng and Liu Xiaobo on Charter 08, they are both part of a common intellectual history and political movement. Speaking one's mind against the government when called for and fighting for a political system that one believes in is, in essence, what a self-respecting person would do in keeping his or her dignity. After all, only human beings are capable of transcending basic animal instincts for the pursuit of higher values. It is that pursuit of higher values that has been motivating dissidents and activists in a hostile environment.

Keywords: Charter 08; Liu Xiaobo; Human rights; China; Constititutionalism; Political reform; Dignity; Wei Jingsheng

Chapter.  8172 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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