This book examines the effects that political institutions, the legal system, and economic policies have had on the human rights record in the People's Republic of China since 1949. It offers both students and casual readers of Chinese affairs a source of reference on the human condition in China.
Part One: Human Rights and the Establishment of Nationwide Control 1. Defining Human Rights in the People's Republic of China 2. Building a Network of Controls: A Chronological Outline Part Two: The PRC System From 1949 to 1984 3. Law: A Tool of Power 4. Human Rights and the Chinese Political System 5. The Economy: An Object of Experimentation 6. Ideology, Reality, and Human Rights Part Three: The Victim Groups 7. Counterrevolutionaries 8. Victims by Economic Category: Farmers, Businesspeople, and Workers 9. Intellectuals and "Democratic Elements": A Distrusted Underclass 10. Red Guards and Political Dissidents (I): Tools of Violence and Power Struggle 11. Red Guards and Political Dissidents (II): Victims Beyond a Generation 12. Factions 13. Women 14. Non-Chinese Nationalities and Religious Communities Part Four: Conclusion 15. Let the Record Speak for Itself