Thursday, December 11, 2008
[SLIGHTLY CORRECTED VERSION OF EARLIER POST; HT TO ANONYMOUS COMMENTER]
A large group of intellectuals and others has issued a document entitled "Charter 08" (零八宪章). The document's name is a deliberate reference to "Charter 77", an association dedicated to human rights whose founding was announced in a January, 1977 manifesto signed by Czechoslovakian dissidents such as Vaclav Havel and Pavel Kohout. Here are the first two paragraphs of the story in Time Magazine:
A group of prominent Chinese scholars, lawyers and former officials issued a manifesto this week calling on the Communist Party to back wide-ranging political reforms including direct elections, a separation of powers and the rehabilitation of people persecuted under authoritarian rule.
"The Chinese people, who have endured human-rights disasters and uncountable struggles across these same years, now include many who see clearly that freedom, equality and human rights are universal values of humankind and that democracy and constitutional government are the fundamental framework for protecting these values," states Charter 08, a 4,000-word document that was posted on a U.S.-based, Chinese-language website on Dec. 9.
Here are some other links:
- Text of Charter 08 and list of original signers (Chinese)
- Introduction, text of Charter 08 (Perry Link's translation), and list of original signers (English)
- List of additional 440 signers (Boxun site) (Chinese)
- Text of Charter 08 (Perry Link's translation) (New York Review of Books site) (English)
- Text of Charter 08 (Human Rights in China translation) (English)
- Post on The China Beat blog, with links to information on Charter 77 (English)