Tag: China

To Question Law, Without Condition

Following campaigns against pro-democracy and Occupy Central sympathisers at the University of Hong Kong, we must ask the old question: what are legal academics for?Take your time but be quick about it, because you do not know what awaits you (Jacques Derrida).1 The heady days of Occupy Central have passed. The 79 day occupation of…

Mao Tse-Tung in Bogota: The Pragmatism of FARC and its Parallel in China

Several analysts of the peace process currently under way in Colombia have overlooked the curious parallel between the guerrilla insurgents’ proposal to establish some 50 Peasant Reserve Zones (ZRCs in their Spanish initials) in the national territory and the policy of ‘one country, two systems’ implemented by the Chinese leadership following the death of Mao.…

Charter 08

Charter 08 was written by China’s Human Rights Defenders including Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo. A hundred years have passed since the writing of China’s first constitution. 2008 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the thirtieth anniversary of the appearance of the Democracy Wall in…

Should Liu Xiaobo have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

On 8 October 2010, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese ‘dissident’ who was found guilty by a Chinese court in 2009 of subversion in respect of his (non-violent) activities relating to Charter 08, a document calling for far-reaching political reforms, and sentenced to 11 years in jail. Worthy as he…