Chinese lawyers, dissidents and academics who signed a document calling for political reform are being harassed by the authorities.
By Michael Bristow
BBC News, Beijing
Signatories to the Charter 08 document have been detained, questioned by the police and put under pressure at work.
The charter calls for a radical overhaul of China’s political system by introducing elections, a new constitution and an independent judiciary.
Despite 30 years of economic reforms, China’s political system has hardly changed in that time.
And the authorities’ reaction to this latest call for reform suggests the country’s leaders still have no appetite for political reforms.
Charter 08 was published last month on the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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