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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.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

China's parliament to debate rule of law

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China's parliament to debate rule of law

Great Hall Of ChinaThe party leadership of the PRC installed in their government posts at last year's meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPPC), will present to this years meeting commencing today,proposed constitutional amendments that will "guarantee" property and human rights to it's one and a third million citizens. (see archive story )

The meetings, held in the Great Hall of China in Beijing, are expected to ratify the proposed amendments even though there have been rumblings among some old party hardliners who are not too pleased with the proposal.

Details are scarce as to the exact text of the amendments but it is believed they will be couched in very loose terms similar to guarantees of religious freedom enshrined in the Constitution but rarely providing avenues of legal recourse.

Despite whatever it's legal construct is it will be a big step in the right direction and is to be applauded.