Monday, February 28, 2011

China's Human Rights Issue

According to the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, the people are guaranteed with freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, universal suffrage, and property rights.

However, these "fundamental rights" of which their "constitution" states were not properly, or rather freely exercised in this "people's democratic dictatorship" because of their own style of blocking loopholes, such as the subversion of state power clause to imprison those who are critical of the government. Henceforth, those who criticize the Chinese government or the Communist Party will be subjected for "grave" punishment. So they put puppet news agencies only for show and as their "closet" for keeping their skeletons, like Xinhua, China's largest propaganda agency, and its national television network, China Central Television (CCTV), emphasis on central.

According to Reporters Without Bordersthe PRC is one of the least free countries in the world for the press. In the Reporters Without Borders' Annual World Press Freedom Index of 2005, the PRC ranked 159 out of 167 places. Noted as a substantial proof of China's performance.

Next is the supremacy of the Han Chinese. According to Wikipedia, 91.6 % of the Chinese population are of Han ethnicity. Of all China's 50 ethnic tribes, the Han continues to progress its dominance over its minorities, by making enemies out of them.

The most insane attempt of China's human rights violations is its justice system. According to Amnesty International, China executes more people than other countries with death penalties combined.There are 68 crimes that are punishable by death, even some crimes that supposed to be punishable by prison sentences, like fraud and embezzlement. As punishment, the condemned are being sentenced to die by being shot in the head by an M16 rifle.

The execution of 8 Uygurs in the July 5, 2009 Xinjiang riots is a profound example of China's questionable justice. Such due process is being described as "unfair" and "hasty". There was also public humiliation of the condemned that became a great "scar" to their cultural identity. Their arms grappled by uniformed soldiers, wearing big placards their names crossed out in red as a sign of misdemeanor to those on death row. As a Muslim myself, I would consider these verdict as an insult to Islam, and as an insult to our right of expression.

Not only executed of crimes, but also political dissidents as well.

This is why our human rights should be preserved at all cost. We would not afford to let our freedom fall under the hands of tyrants with a desire of mass hysteria. In the Philippines, Human rights are a major priority in our society, but currently in risk because of recent extra-judicial killings. Freedom is vital, and should always be preserved for a brighter tomorrow.


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