Web Sites Censor Proposal Calling for China to Ratify the ICCPR

On February 26, 2013, He Weifang (贺卫方), a professor at Peking University, published a post on his Sina blog entitled "Citizen Proposal: Calling for Immediate Ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by the National People's Congress" (公民建言:呼吁全国人大尽快批准《公民权利和政治权利国际公约》). The Proposal, translated by David Bandurski at Hong Kong University's China Media Project http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/, was co-signed by over 100 Chinese intellectuals, and proposed "rapid ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in order to further promote and establish the principles of human rights and constitutionalism in China."

These screenshots show that He's blog was deleted the following day.

Original URL: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_488663200102e2wk.html

These screenshots show the text was also deleted from other web sites where it was reposted (in this case from blog of Caijing writer Su Xiaohe 苏小和).

Original URL: http://blog.caijing.com.cn/expert_article-151352-48295.shtml

These screenshots show that posts that discussed the Proposal were also deleted from Sina Weibo.

These screenshots, taken on February 28, 2013, show that Tencent Weibo and Baidu PostBar (贴吧) were censoring searches for "International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."

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