Beijing Spring, 1989: Confrontation and Conflict: the Basic Documents

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Bingxin ( writer, 89 years old), Zong Pu ( writer), Zhang Jie ( writer), Wu Zuxiang ( professor, Chinese literature), Tang Yijie ( professor, Chinese philosophy), Yue Daiyun ( professor, literature), Zhang Dainian ( professor, Chinese philosophy), Huang Zipeng, Chen Pingyuan, Yan Wenjing ( writer), Liu Dong, Feng Yidai ( writer), Xiao Qian ( writer), Su Xiaokang ( writer), Jin Guantao ( theorist), Liu Qingfeng ( theorist), Li Zehou ( research fellow, philosophy), Pang Pu ( professor, Chinese philosophy), Zhu Wei, Wang Yan, Bao Zunxin ( research fellow, Chinese philosophy), Tian Zhuangzhuang ( movie director), Wang Ke, Gao Gao ( research fellow), Su Shaozhi ( research fellow, political science), Wang Ruoshui ( theorist, philosophy), Chen Jun ( artist).


18
On Human Rights Abuses

FANG LIZHI

Source: Hong Kong Sunday Standard (China Today Supplement) ( February 26, 1989): 2; FBIS, February 27, p. 45.

For their narrow purposes, some politicians have adopted a double standard in regard to human rights. Specifically, they have adopted a double standard by holding different attitudes toward human rights events in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, on the one hand, and China, on the other.

When dealing with the former, they have openly expressed concern and have even made the issue a paramount condition in matters of their foreign policy.

But, when dealing with the latter, they have said and done very little. This has not only shown a wrong attitude, but has hardly been in the spirit of human rights themselves.

China is currently in the process of implementing social reforms of both an economic and political nature. One of the most important aspects of these reforms should be the improvement of the Chinese human-rights situation.

After embracing the dogma of class struggle, just like the Soviet Union and the various socialist countries of Eastern Europe, China has found itself host to a whole series of occasions where human rights in China were violated on a very wide scale.

In 1957 during the political persecutions of the antirightist movement alone, some 500,000 people were purged because of their thoughts and opinions. Some lost their jobs, while others were shipped off for "reform through labor."

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