Thursday, May 31, 2012

Law enforcement and justice practices in China still follow tribal patterns


Chen Guangcheng has a major essay May 30 in “The New York Times”, titled “How China Flouts its Laws”, detailing false charges and punishment against his family (including siblings and in-laws) for his supposed “property damage” in conjunction with local civil protests. The link is here

The writer discusses the lack of habeas corpus and the throwbacks to some of the collective abuses common during Maoist times. 
 
Other articles in the Times talk about the inability of the Chinese authorities to control local violence that has escalated since the time of Communist rule and ideology (the Cultural Revolution), as with another piece about Li Lan by Erick Eckholm.

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