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The East is East, silly EAST MEETS WEST Democracy and Human Rights in Asia Daniel A. Bell, Princeton University Press 2000, 369 pp
CDP PERSECUTION CONTINUES
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Rebiya Kadeer , once celebrated by the Chinese government as a model Uighur businesswoman, is now serving an eight year prison term for “illegally passing intelligence outside of China.” Kadeer, 54, was detained on August 11, 1999, on her way to meet a US Congressional Research Service delegation...
Since 1990, businessman-turned-activist John Kamm has been badgering Chinese officials to provide information about prisoners detained in China for political reasons. Last year he set up the Dui Hua Foundation to continue this work on a more formal basis. Sophia Woodman interviewed him about his...
Tiananmen mothers operate in ever-more circumscribed space The woman at the forefront of the Tiananmen Mothers? campaign against impunity, Ding Zilin , describes the difficulties they face in their work, the reasons behind their focus on humanitarian assistance for victims? families and the...
As we go to press, in many parts of the globe former dictators who many thought could never be held accountable for the crimes they committed against the people they ruled are facing prosecution. The Chilean judiciary has just revoked the immunity from prosecution former president Augusto Pinochet...
DELEGATION TO UNITED NATIONS
The village committee, first introduced shortly after the communes began collapsing in the late 1970s, is only one of several organizations governing political life at the village level. The village assembly, the village representative assembly and the local branch of the Chinese Communist Party (...
Experiments in governance Many claims are made about the potential impact on China’s democratization of the election of village committees there. Cynics assert that these elections are nothing but show. Anne F. Thurston looks at the reality on the ground, including how village committees fit into...

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