16 April 2009

"Human Rights Are Sacred, Not a Favor to be Granted"

I really liked this opinion piece by Li Qiong 李琼, a commentator for Wuhan's Changjiang Daily 长江日报. Perhaps I read too much into the article, but I felt that Li was articulating a critique of China's "National Human Rights Action Plan" that, more explicitly in some places and more subtly in others, echoed some of my own critiques of the plan: the need for less talk and more concrete implementation and the reminder that human rights in all their varied forms are inherent in all humans and not something that is bestowed upon us by the governments who rule where we happen to live.

Anyway, I did an English translation of the piece for The Dui Hua Foundation's Human Rights Journal blog.

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