Edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig
Chapter 28: Rights defense and new citizen’s movement
The ‘Rights Defense Movement’ (weiquan yundong) emerged from the early 2000s as a new focus of the Chinese democracy movement. The four trends of the movement—organization, street activism, politicization and internationalization—can be seen as amazing achievements in a repressive regime, but they are also a core reason for the severe government crackdown. The development and the predicament of the Rights Defense Movement illustrates the dilemma of politics, legitimacy and rule of law in post-Mao China.
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