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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.

Monday, March 08, 2004

National People's Congress Continues.


China: Organisational Chart-Courtesy China DailyWell the introductions and backslapping for a job "well done" in 2003 are over and the ten day National People's Congress held in the Great Hall of China, Beijing reconvened yesterday for hopefully what will be an historic week.

Set for debate and vote this week are two very significant and potentially historic pieces of legislation, the right of Chinese citizens to own property and the enshrinement of Human Rights in the Constitution.

How historic? Well many commentators have stated that the allowing of private ownership of property is the first step in the dismantling of Communism and "Maoism" in China.

State ownership of all property is a cornerstone of Communism and the ability for private citizens to own property is set to protect the business and entrepreneurial class and spur China further along it's road to becoming a capitalist nation.

It is important too as ownership of property and other basic rights go hand in hand with a people's desire for freedom and this proposed legislation has the capacity to rapidly bring change to China across the full Human Rights spectrum.

Combine this with the proposed amendment to the Constitution "enshrining" the principle of Human Rights then we have a formula to irrevocably change the China we know. Maybe it will not happen over night but it will happen.

For the Uygur and the Tibetans who are victims of the policies of the "old China" this offers some very real hope. Certainly not independence as stand alone nations as many crave but greater autonomy and freedom within the state of China.

It is going to be a very interesting week!