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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.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Wen: Study, implement Constitution

China Daily:

Premier Wen Jaibao Premier of China (archive photo)"Premier Wen Jiabao Wednesday urged governments at all levels to set up specific mechanisms and work out detailed policies to support the implementation of the Constitution,..

Premier Wen Jaibao speaking about the recent changes to the Constitution, especially as they related to private property ownership, called upon all levels and departments of government to take the Constitution as their "overreaching guiding principle" to perform their functions in strict accordance with law.

As I attempted to point out in a post yesterday entitled China: The Tail Wags the Dog" a major problem in China is that the leadership is saying all the right things, and we have to assume they are said in all honesty, but the lower levels of government and the judiciary seem carry to on in the old ways regardless.

It is very easy to say the right things and even to mean them but the bottom line, the proof of the pudding, only comes when they are implemented.

The PRC is upset that the West does not give them more credit for gains in Human Rights. They point to the recently amended constitution, as it regards private property ownership and the Concept of Human Rights, and expect the critics to rise to their feet and applaud. Not because they have done anything bit merely because they say they will.

Premier Wen and President Hu Jintao have to ensure total ownership for these new principles and accountability for implementaion at all levels of government, law enforcement and the judiciary.

There needs to be a "grass roots" re-education programme among the People's Servants. The Chinese government is very good at re-education programmes for the likes of Muslim clerics in Xinjiang and political prisoners throughout China so why not employ their skills and expertise on their own civil servants?

Until a complete "mind set" change occurs right throughout China's bureaucracy the words of Wen and Hu are just that...words.