Handbook on Human Rights in China
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Handbook on Human Rights in China

Edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig

This Handbook gives a wide-ranging account of the theory and practice of human rights in China, viewed against international standards, and China’s international engagements around human rights. The Handbook is organised into the following sections: contested meanings; international dimensions; economic and social rights; civil and political rights; rights in/action and access to justice; political dimensions of human rights in Greater China; and new frontiers.
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Chapter 14: Rights of children and youth in China: protection, provision and participation

Orna Naftali


The past three decades have witnessed unprecedented growth in the field of children's rights in China. This chapter surveys some of the major trends and unique problems that characterize China's child-rights legislation while situating these developments within a broader international framework. Focusing on the key concepts of children's protection, provision and participation rights, the chapter considers how these different types of rights come to the fore in the PRC. It argues that the expansion in child-rights legislation in China signals increasing official recognition of children’s new needs and vulnerabilities in the age of market reforms, as well as the rise of liberal conceptions of children's 'value' following the launch of the One-Child Policy in 1979. Nonetheless, children's rights constitute an unsettled terrain in contemporary China in which multiple and at times contradictory notions of childhood and social order, the private and the public sphere, coalesce and contest with each other.

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