Human rights or not??

23 Apr


When Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace prize for China in 2010 despite being in prison for the political crime of helping to write a manifesto titled, Charter 08 which had called for political change to take place. At his trial he was sentenced to 11 years in jail for trying to subvert state power.

At the same time Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia was placed on house arrest, or also being an activist even though she has not actually committed any crime.

In a further development Liu Xia’s brother Liu Hui has been arrested for fraud as he is accused of swindling 3 Yuan in a real estate swindle, which carries a possible 10 year jail term. He claims he is innocent and somehow connected to the other arrests that take place from within the family.

This kind of behaviour is what many have come to expect of the communist party who don’t like opposition. They are also scared about the upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa, as they don’t want to be forced into change that they aren’t prepared to make.

The Nobel Prize has subsequently never been collected meaning that the $1.5m prize money, medal and Nobel lecture all remain not collected.

Other political prisoners in China have included Tashi Phunstok the Tibetan who was jailed for separatism and endangering national security after he was found in support of the Dalai Lama, who himself fled to India.


2 Responses to “Human rights or not??”

  1. np2g11 April 24, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    An article by the Human Rights Watch shows how Europe’s concern about China’s violation of human rights has been increasing especially as China is believed to obstruct and prevent humanitarian intervention in Syria, but also because of self-immolations in Tibet and death sentences. Freeing Liu Xiaobo and his wife could be step number one toward a more free China, however such a change is not yet to be seen and there is concern among European countries about the situation in China.

  2. st24g10 April 24, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    The video below is a short news report comparing the human rights seen in China, to those seen in the USA. The video explores the internet barriers placed in China, whereby citizens have restricted web viewing. China or “The worlds Factory” has been disparaged in reference to the workforce level and wages given in exchange for the high levels of labour seen. The US report also attacked the Chinese imprisonment system claiming that the prisoners have little or no human rights. However, is this ironic coming from the USA? The article concludes, stating how Beijing no longer want to contest this notion of “Human Rights”.


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