Last week’s historic visit to Taiwan by China’s cross-strait chief Chen Yunlin, which culminated in four useful agreements, focused attention on issues of human rights as well as politics. Some issues concerned proper government response to public protests in a free society. Others involved fair investigation of former and present government leaders suspected of corruption.
As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is important to note that the administration of justice in China is increasingly being exposed to world opinion. While recent American policy and practice have made Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib symbols of unacceptable abuse, China’s torture problems are far more pervasive and systemic.