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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

China: Constitutional amendment on human rights must be backed by concrete action

Amnesty International :

"'We welcome this amendment as an indication of greater political willingness to address the serious and widespread human rights violations that continue to be perpetrated across the country,' Amnesty International said. 'But fine words are not enough, they must be backed by concrete action.'"

This Amnesty International Press release on the constitutional amendments whilst welcoming the Constitutional amendment of Human Rights calls on China to back up words with actions. It focuses on the lack of enforcability of Constitutional law and cites already existing "constitutional guarantees" that are largely ignored in Chinese jurisprudence.

Whilst Amnesty is right to raise such questions I think, and have said so several times, that the importance of this constitutional amendment is not that it "works" but that it is there! It is very much one step at a time.