The Rise of a Human Rights Studies and Education Movement in China

  • Zhang Wei
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)


Chinese leaders once thought that “human rights” was created to embarrass socialist societies and to mask oppression in capitalist societies. Human rights consciousness did not grow until after the government issued a call in 1991 for its development. The movement gained momentum especially via partnerships with several Scandinavian institutes. A graduate-level textbook was published in 2001, the China University of Political Science and Law established a Human Rights Institute in 2002, and the government amended the constitution in 2004 to include basic human rights. Centers propagating the idea that human rights are universal now exist in one hundred university campuses. Beginning in 2008, Chinese judges began training; over three hundred have participated to date. China’s advance owes much to Western agencies’ hospitality and partnership.


human rights human rights studies in China rule of law 


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