Three central areas are addressed: liberty and integrity of the person; freedom of thought and expression; and inequality and socio–economic rights. Pils argues that the Party–State system is inherently opposed to human rights principles in all these areas, and that – contributing to a global trend – it is becoming more repressive. Yet, despite authoritarianism′s lengthening shadows, China’s human rights movement has so far proved resourceful and resilient. The trajectories discussed here will continue to shape the struggle for human rights in China and beyond its borders.
- List of Abbreviations
- 1. Human Rights and Competing Conceptions of Justice, Law and Power in China
- 2. Institutional Avenues of Human Rights Advocacy
- 3. Liberty and Life
- 4. Expression and Thought
- 5. Inequality and Socio–economic Rights
- 6. Rights Defenders