Citizen's Rights In China

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In China there are currently 500,000 people being detained without charge or trial. China also holds the most executions out of any country in the world. Though the exact number of executions is classified by the state, but an estimate of 3,000 executions were made in 2014 alone (AmnestyUSA.org & Telegraph.co.uk). Ever since the Communist Party of China took control of the government in 2012, the Chinese government has locked down on citizen’s rights and violating their privacy. Those who speak out against the government are subjected to arbitrary arrest, torture, and death, which is a violation of articles nine, five, and three. In general, the government is restricting the rights of expression and opinion, especially through media. Those …show more content…
The government took down websites to make it impossible for citizens to view opinionated news or any website that promoted civil society groups, another violation of Article nineteen. Rights activists and journalists were a major target in this, causing most of them to end up in jail (RFA.org). The state police would invade the citizens privacy and security via phone tapping, house arrest, following them, surveillance, and watching and surrounding their homes (RFA.org). Not only is this a violation of privacy, but also a breach of Article three, which gives the right to security of person. The government wanted to restrict the public views of the people in order to keep control over the people’s opinion and their own power. In more extreme cases, the state police would enforce vacations, relocations, and disappearances of activists and anyone who helped influence the media (RFA.org). This was only the beginning of the CCP’s attempt to gain control. The CCP didn’t start acting harshly towards their citizens until 1989 (RFA.org). The atheist communist party began to target minority groups and religious groups simply because they thought their beliefs did not conform to their atheist and pro-CCP stance (Griffiths). The groups that were mainly targeted were: Christians, Tibetans, Mongolians, and Falun Gong (Griffiths). Black jails, legal education classes, and mental health …show more content…
They also have their own Constitution that echoes some of these rights, which can be found in The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China (People.cn). For instance, Article thirty five of their constitution states that, “Citizens of the People 's Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.” (People.cn). Assembly and association in public is seen as cultish, and there is severe censorship of the media. As well as Article thirty six, which gives the people the right to religion, and the right for the state to protect normal religious activities, and the article states: “Religious bodies and religious affairs are not subject to any foreign domination.” (People.cn). Yet, the state persecutes thousands of Falun Gong, Christians, Tibetans, and Mongolians each year (AmnestyUSA.org). Another example is Article thirty seven from this Constitution, which protects people from arbitrary arrest, and any form of deprivation of freedom

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