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China's human rights record - LSE hears both sides of the debate

Arguments for and against China's commitment to human rights have been published by LSE's Taiwan Research Programme at the Asia Research Centre.

Photograph of a soldier at Tiananmen SquareAs the Beijing Olympics get underway, the world is judging whether the games are improving the country's human rights record - a promise made by the organisers in 2001 and predicted by the International Olympic Committee the following year.

Two conflicting views have been aired at LSE this year. Professor Dong Yunhu and Prof Liu Hainan of the China Society for Human Rights Studies argued that human rights are now recognised as a crucial value in the modern Chinese legal system, and that these rights are improving as the country develops. However exiled dissident Wei Jingsheng gave a dramatically different perspective, arguing that there will be no improvements to human rights in China under the present Communist system.

Photograph of Chinese students in a classroomDetails of both speeches are now available on the Taiwan Research Programme website. The programme's convenor, Dr Fang-Long Shih, said; 'Debates over human rights in China have continued unabated since the Games were awarded to Beijing. These events held at LSE gave an opportunity for experts on both sides of the discussion to make their case, and provided invaluable context for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the issues at stake.'

The events, were organised by the LSE Students' Union branch of Amnesty International in partnership with the Taiwan Research Programme. Summaries of both are available here:

Human Rights in China: the Chinese perspective with Professors Dong Yunhu and Liu Hainan|

Photograph of Wei JingshengHuman Rights Dialogue with Wei Jingsheng|


For more information contact the Taiwan Research Programme on 020 7955 6439

07 August 2008