Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Ryan Pyle Blog: The Dark Side of China


On January 18th I wrote a blog about anniversaries, indicating that it would be great if China could take steps to clean up their legal system and allow some type of division of power between the courts / judges and party officials.

It appears now, in a widely reported story, that a lawyer who was involved in helping parents, who lost children during the earthquake in Sichuan, get fair compensation and perhaps even have the parties involved in building the schools face some form of legal charges. What seems like common sense for us folks ended up getting the lawyer thrown in jail for having "state secrets" - which is a vague term that means basically the government owns you and you're going down for a long time. New York Times article is listed below.


ps. If China just cleaned up it's legal system it could provide a lot of legitimacy to Communist Party rule. For all the talk in Beijing about "cleaning up corruption" sending a lawyer to jail seems like a step in the wrong direction.


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