Rule of Law

Primary Sources

China's Charter 08

Over 2000 Chinese citizens, including government officials and prominent intellectuals, signed this statement calling for political and human rights reforms and an end to one-party rule. The statement was released on December 10, 2008, the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was translated by Perry Link and published in the New York Review of Books.

See more in China; Human Rights; Rule of Law

Must Read

International Crisis Group: Reforming the Judiciary in Pakistan

Reforming the Judiciary in Pakistan, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines the legacy of military rule that has seen superior courts unwilling to uphold fundamental freedoms. Motivated by self-preservation and self-interest, Pakistan’s superior judiciary has not just failed to oppose Islamic legislation that violates fundamental rights but has also repeatedly failed to uphold the constitution.

See more in Pakistan; Rule of Law

Backgrounder

Somalia's Transitional Government

Authors: Stephanie Hanson and Eben Kaplan

Though international observers had hoped Somalia's transitional federal government would bring stability to the war-torn nation after sixteen years of “failed state” status, by mid-2008 experts said it was fraught by internal divisions.

See more in Rule of Law; Somalia