10 dic. 2008

Cina. Charta 08, il manifesto del dissenso.

Nel sessantesimo della Dichiarazione Universale dei Diritti Umani segnalo la surreale intervista rilasciata dal direttore del Dipartimento Informazione del Consiglio di Stato, Wang Chen, sulla situazione cinese. Tutto questo mentre fuori continuano gli arresti e noti dissidenti vengono preventivamente tolti di mezzo:

A leading dissident who organised a charter signed by hundreds of Chinese thinkers, academics and writers calling for dramatic political and legal reforms was under arrest yesterday.
Liu Xiaobo, a literary critic first jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, was taken from his home in Beijing late on Monday by a dozen police officers and was asked to sign a document acknowledging his detention.

His arrest came hours before the release on the internet of the “08 Charter”, a rare, outspoken document challenging the ruling Communist Party to grant greater freedom of expression and to hold free elections. Its publication was timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today.
Sulla Charta 08 (una riedizione della Charta 77) anche Time:
A group of prominent Chinese scholars, lawyers and former officials issued a manifesto this week calling on the Communist Party to back wide-ranging political reforms including direct elections, a separation of powers and the rehabilitation of people persecuted under authoritarian rule.

"So we ask: Where is China headed in the twenty-first century? Will it continue with 'modernization' under authoritarian rule, or will it embrace universal human values, join the mainstream of civilized nations, and build a democratic system? There can be no avoiding these questions."

Several prominent lawyers and writers who are actively working and publishing also signed, giving "Charter 08" more clout than it would carry if it was only the work of politically isolated dissidents. "It seems like a varied bunch and I think the Internet helped bring these people together," says Joshua Rosenzweig, a Hong Kong-based official with the Dui Hua Foundation, a human rights group. "It's not simply what many people call 'dissidents.' There are a number of well-known liberal intellectuals and lawyers."

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