The Chinese Human Rights Web

The Chinese Human Rights Reader

Supplementary Texts

Topical Areas & News


UN and Governmental Documents and Links

Materials and Links for Activist Organizations

Academic Study

Search & Site Index

Welcome to the Chinese Human Rights Web, a site devoted to informed discussion of both historical and contemporary human rights issues, particuarly as they pertain to China. The site is maintained by Stephen C. Angle and Marina Svensson, the coeditors of The Chinese Human Rights Reader: Documents and Commentary, 1900-2000 (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2001).

This site is intended both as a supplement to the texts that Angle and Svensson have translated in the Reader, and as a more general resource that can be used independently of the Reader. We are grateful to M.E. Sharpe. Inc. for their support of this website, and to Wesleyan University for technical support and serving as the site's host.

Materials at this site have been divided into eight categories, accessible via the links at the top of the page. The categories are:

Recent additions to the site include:

  • The Chinese Human Rights Reader. Here we provide both chronological and topical tables of contents for the Reader, as well as links, from the tables of contents, to the introductions to each of the 63 selections.
  • Supplementary Texts. These include both historical and contemporary texts, some in English and some in Chinese.
  • Topical Areas & News. This page includes conference and other announcements, as well as special sections on topics like the death penalty, torture, and religion.
  • Bibliography. A partially annotated bibliography of secondary sources on historical and contemporary human rights issues in and related to China.
  • UN and Governmental Documents and Links. Here we include pertinent documents from the UN, the PRC, the US, the EU, and others.
  • Materials and Links for Activist Organizations. Included here are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that deal with China-related human rights issues, as well as some more general human rights NGOs.
  • Academic Study. This page includes syllabi for courses that have been taught on human rights and China, links to relevant on-line journals, and more.
  • Search. Here you can search this site or conduct a "metasearch" of all the sites to which this site is linked.
  • As of June, 2008, the site has been thoroughly overhauled for the first time in several years.

Stephen C. Angle is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Human Rights and Chinese Thought: A Cross-Cultural Inquiry (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002). His website is located here, he can be reached via email here, and his surface address is Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459 USA.

Marina Svensson is an Assistant Professor in the East Asian Languages Department of Lund University. She is the author of Debating human rights in China: a conceptual and political history (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). She can be reached via email here, and her surface address is Department of East Asian Languages, Lund University, Box 713, SE-220 07 Lund, Sweden.

We welcome feedback on all aspects of the Chinese Human Rights Web.

Site established: 6/20/2001
Last update: 6/23/08
Certain materials are copyright © 2001 by Stephen C. Angle and Marina Svensson, and/or M.E. Sharpe, Inc.; see individual pages. Permission is hereby granted for all non-commercial uses of these materials.