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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 09, 2004

China's Congress of the People Commence the "Debate" on HR Constitutional Amendment

Human rights to be enshrined in Constitution:

"China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), kicked start a landmark Constitutional amendment which is expected to enshrine human rights protection for the first time Monday afternoon.

'The State respects and protects human rights,' says the new expression to be added to Article 33 of Chapter Two of the existing Constitution, which has undergone three overhauls since its promulgation in 1982. "

So the People's Daily, one of China's official news organs, reported the historical commencement of the "debate" that will lead to seven small words being added to the Constitution of the People's Republic in what could be an historical turning point in the PRC"s Human Rights history.

Despite being dismissed by some commentators as not being worth the ink it will be written in, my thoughts are that whilst having little immediate effect, these few words will one day be looked upon as the words that set China on a road to providing freedoms and basic human rights to it's people.