Civil Rights in North Korea and China Research Paper by Master Researcher

Civil Rights in North Korea and China
An examination of the current status of civil rights in China and North Korea.
# 39008 | 2,400 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper employ a broad definition of civil and human rights in the context of actual human rights policies and practices in the People's Republic of China (China) and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea). The paper explores gender relations and the status of women as a barometer of human and civil rights. The paper concludes thatiIn relative terms, China is far ahead of North Korea in terms of human and civil rights and, most importantly, it seems most likely to move towards greater civil rights. The paper does note, however, that it will be generations, if ever, before the Chinese conception and practice of civil rights approaches current American standards.

Human Rights in China
Human Rights in North Korea

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"In 1999 Time International stated, "Though decades of economic reforms have empowered many in Chinese society--entrepreneurs, artists and religious groups regularly push the limits of what's allowed--the party retains a firm grasp on the tools of repression." (Forney, 2001, p. 19) Simply put, the pace of economic liberalization (China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) last year) has far exceeded the pace of democratization and civil rights development. Human rights have never been a salient objective of state policy, and sacrificed the moment other priorities intrude.
"This situation is particularly evident in the state's ongoing attempts to control population growth, a major policy initiative since at least 1978. The state's continuing emphasis on the 'one couple, one-child' policy in the face of popular resistance to further reductions in the fertility rate has led some observers to question whether or not the policy has become too intrusive and coercive: "Issues of women's health, education, employment and privacy have been subordinated to the goal of micromanaging women's fertility in order to keep the birth-rate low." (Lawrence, 1994, p 56) Undeniably, the Chinese policy is stringent, focused and uncompromising."

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