1. Opinion

    Chen: China Needs Rule of Law

    NEW YORK - MAY 19:  Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng gesters before making remarks to the media upon arriving on the campus of New York University on May 19, 2012 in New York City. China allowed the activist to leave a hospital in Beijing and board a plane for the U.S., a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic standoff between the two countries. (Photo by Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

    Andy Jacobsohn

    Dissident Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who recently arrived in the U.S. for a fellowship at New York University, issued a stern challenge to his home nation in Wednesday’s New York Times op-ed section. Chen wrote of a growing need for fair laws to be instituted across China’s legal system, citing his own case as his prime example. He writes, “China does not lack laws, but the rule of law.” Chen claims that he was put into illegal confinement and then forced through a farcical trial where he was provided no defense attorney. “The issue of lawlessness may be the greatest challenge facing the new leaders” of China, Chen claims. “The fundamental question the Chinese government must face is lawlessness … those who handled my case were able to openly flout the nation’s laws in many ways for many years.”

    Read it at The New York Times