Chinese Lawyers Call For Rights Progress As Wuhan Activist Is Detained

A group of top lawyers called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday to ratify United Nations rights treaties, as police in Wuhan detained a veteran activist who tried to set up a rights monitoring group.

The group said they had garnered more than 100 signatures to their open letter to the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s parliament, to mark the scale of rights abuses in 2013.

“A lot of events took place in 2013 that touched on human rights issues,” Beijing-base rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who was among those who signed the letter, said in an interview on Tuesday.

“2013 was also a year in which we saw more public debate on topics related to constitutional politics than ever before,” he said. “We think this has been a very important year.”…[…]

Radio Free Asia, 2013-12-31

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