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Basic Categories of the Chinese Socialist Human Rights Theory
June 23,2015   By:CSHRS
Basic Categories of the Chinese Socialist Human Rights Theory
 
Chen Youwu*
 
Abstract: The basic categories of the Chinese socialist human rights theory, or the socialist human rights theory with Chinese characteristics, consist of four elements, namely, human rights history, human rights concept, human rights attributes and human rights protection. The category of the human rights history covers ancient ideas of human rights, classical human rights theory, Marxist human rights theory and the adaption of Marxism to the Chinese model. The category of human rights concept covers the subjects, content, forms, classification, origin and essence of human rights. The category of human rights attributes addresses universality and particularity of human rights, harmony and confrontation of human rights, political nature and non-political nature of human rights, indivisibility of human rights and duties, and conditioning of state power by human rights. The category of human rights protection addresses the issues of human rights and state sovereignty, human rights and democracy, human rights and law-based governance, human rights and property, human rights duty holders, and human rights education.
 
Keywords: socialism with Chinese characteristics   human rights    human rights theory category
 
China has made great progress in politics, economy, system, culture and human rights work in the 30-plus years of opening-up. China’s human rights theory should also keep pace with the times to reflect such changes and progress without delay and undergo innovation. After the release of two editions of the National Human Rights Action Plan, in particular, what kind of human rights theory do we need to adopt to educate the general public and average students? It’s a real question. Therefore, we need to set up the system of Chinese socialist human rights theory, based on which, we strive for a louder international voice on human rights issues. To understand the Chinese socialist human rights theory, it is critical to clarify the following basic categories and the relevant concepts.
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