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 28: Rights defense and new citizen’s movement

Teng Biao


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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