Petition questioning China’s anti-subversion laws gains momentum

We saw China quiver when faced with a half-million-man march in Hong Kong. Will they do the same in the face of a petition challenging the CCP to better define its anti-subversion laws? The petition, a direct result of the government’s arrest of “cyber-dissident” Du Daobin, now has more than 800 signatures, including some of the nation’s top scholars. That doesn’t sound like a lot of names, but in China, it’s extraordinary. Each of the signers is putting himself at risk.

[The petitioners] point out that Du’s case is not an isolated incident – a reference to the recent spate of arrests involving Internet users who criticised the government online.

‘This means that the judicial interpretation of the anti-subversion law has completely strayed from what’s in the Constitution and the Penal Code, as well as the public’s sense of justice,’ the petitioners say in the unusually bold open letter.

‘And it shows that crimes of subversion are now determined by some unpredictable and arbitrary political yardstick instead of legal standards.’

Unless the Supreme Court clarifies the boundaries of the law and freedom of speech, ‘everyone of China’s 80 million Internet users is a potential Du Daobin’, the letter adds.

The petition marks the latest example of how China’s online community is increasingly using the Internet as a powerful conduit for social change and justice.

Whether or not the petition creates any change in policy or leads to greater openness remains to be seen. The mere fact that it has gathered such momentum is a positive sign.

The Discussion: 3 Comments

You are right. Every mainland internet user *is* a potential Du Daobin, and each signatory *is* putting themselves at risk. But the almighty buck seems to dictate the US actual policy – extending most favoured nation status, VP Cheney rewarding this totalitarian CCP regime by hawking GE nuclear reactors to them on his latest trip (April-May 2004). This is unacceptable to any civilised Person, and most particularly inappropriate for US Foreign Policy.

Take a look at the blockage of Typepad hosted web logs at the end of March 2004:

(or just do a google search for Chinese DotCommunist Party).

I like Your site. Would You like the WALL to link it?


The Democracy Wall – China

April 26, 2004 @ 2:58 pm | Comment

Please feel free to link me. I just took a look at Democracy Wall — very good stuff. I’ve posted on the typepad block-out and was one of the first to report on the blogspot ban back in January 2003. You might want to pull up those posts to see just how infuriating it was to have your blog stolen from you by the CCP.

April 26, 2004 @ 3:05 pm | Comment

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