Edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig
Chapter 3: Human rights and the political system
This chapter discusses the Chinese authorities’ changing human rights rhetoric and practices around human rights, with a focus on the post-Mao era’s discourse of ‘human rights with Chinese characteristics’. It argues that an influential view, according to which human rights are politically neutral, has accommodated this discourse and muted human rights-based criticism of the Chinese political system and its systemic obstacles to better human rights protection. On this basis, it calls for a re-politicization of our understanding of human rights.
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