The history of dissent and human rights in the PRC
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- Dissidents in China detained and
- By Jun Xing, October Review (Hong Kong), 31
October 1995. Examples of dissidents beaing arbitrarily
detained and oppressed.
- Human Rights in China condemns charges
against Wei Jingsheng
- Calls for strong response from international
community. Press release from Human Rights in China (HRIC),
21 November 1995. This long-time agitator for democracy
faces new charges.
- The death of Deng Xiaoping and the future for
- Amnesty International press release, 19 February
1997. While there was economic and legal progress under
Deng, human rights lagged. His death has encouraged
repression of dissent.
- A Half Million Peasants Plunge Into Rebellion
in Four Provinces
- By Li Zijing, Hong Kong Cheng Ming, 1 August
1997. Since mid-May in 1997, once again more than 500,000
peasants assembled, staged parades and demonstrations, and
filed petitions in over 50 counties in Hunan, Hubei, Anhui,
and Jiangxi provinces. Li Peng put forward five policies and
measures to handle the problems, but the result was mass
Demonstrations. Peasants accused the authorities of
exploiting and fleecing them.
- Fidgety over Pockets of Protests
- By Pushpa Adhikari, IPS, 25 January 1999. The growing
protests by Chinese taking to the streets, protesting
corruption to taxation, are the product of societal friction
unleashed by the wrenching process of economic reforms. In a
nation that frowns on open public dissent, the
demonstrations are mostly directed against housing and
financial anomalies, and growing unemployment.
- Chinese protesters hit the streets demanding
- AFP, 11 June 2000. A growing number of Chinese people are
taking their grievances onto the streets. The most common type
of protesters are unpaid pensioners or workers who have been
left without their only source of income when their state-owned
companies collapsed, as the country moves towards a market
economy. People who lost money from investment schemes or were
forced to relocate to make way for construction projects make
up other types of demonstrators.