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CQ

Researcher
Published by CQ Press, a division of SAGE Publications

www.cqresearcher.com

Human Rights in China
Are crackdowns on basic freedoms increasing?

W

hen the curtain rises on the Summer
Olympics next month in Beijing, China
will eagerly showcase its hypersonic economic growth and its embrace of what it

calls the “rule of law.” But 19 years after its bloody suppression
of protesters in Tiananmen Square, China will also be displaying
its human-rights record for all to judge. Human-rights advocates
say the sheen of Chinese progress and prosperity hides repression
and brutality by the Chinese Communist Party, including the violent
repression of pro-independence protesters in Tibet, forced abortions
stemming from China’s one-child policy and the trampling of basic
freedoms of speech, religion and assembly. Chinese government
officials say their nation of 1.3 billion people has made huge

A Tibetan protester in Brussels, Belgium, last April
calls for a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Beijing
following a violent crackdown by Chinese security
forces on pro-independence demonstrators in Tibet.

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strides on the legal and human-rights fronts and that the West has

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no business interfering in China’s internal affairs.

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CQ Researcher • July 25, 2008 • www.cqresearcher.com
Volume 18, Number 26 • Pages 601-624

THIS REPORT
THE ISSUES ......................603
BACKGROUND ..................610
CHRONOLOGY ..................611
CURRENT SITUATION ..........616
AT ISSUE ..........................617
OUTLOOK ........................619

RECIPIENT OF SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS AWARD FOR
EXCELLENCE ◆ AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SILVER GAVEL AWARD

BIBLIOGRAPHY ..................622
THE NEXT STEP ................623