Wednesday, December 10, 2008

English translation of Charter 08 Now Available

The document released to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has been signed by over three hundred prominent Chinese citizens. It is written in conscious admiration of the founding of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, where, in January 1977, more than two hundred Czech and Slovak intellectuals formed a

loose, informal, and open association of people…… united by the will to strive individually and collectively for respect for human and civil rights in our country and throughout the world.

The Chinese document calls not for ameliorative reform of the current political system but for an end to some of its essential features, including one-party rule, and their replacement with a system based on human rights and democracy.

et en franรงais:

and original in Chinese:


Joan said...

Hi Charles, the link to the English translation doesn't work. Is there any other way I can read your translation of the French article?
Thanks, Joan

Charles Burton said...

Thanks very much for letting me know. I have changed the link to one that works as of now (January 8, 2009).