Taoism and Human Rights in Asia

Taoism is a product of the Chinese civilisation. It must, therefore, be a source of the greatest regret to Taoists, that China as a modern nation state, under Communist leadership, has so seriously deviated from the Taoist values of individual freedom, toleration of diversity, non-imperialism, and peace.

The Communist Party dictatorship of China has consistently denied the rights of the Chinese (and Tibetan) people to practise their religion and follow their consciences freely. This is most evident in the case of Tibetan Buddhism, whose most important leaders have had to seek asylum in India, and most recently, the cruel and completely unnecessary suppression of the Buddhist/Taoist group Fa-lun Kung. The suppression of the Chinese Democratic Party is another case in point.

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Republic of Taiwan 1895

At the same time the dictators menace Taiwan, an island that was never part of the Communist territories. In 1895 the Chinese Emperor gave Taiwan its independence from China forever, and it was the first republican government in East Asian history. Since then it has only shared any government with mainland China (not the present regime) between October 1945 and 1949. The obvious desire of the Communist regime is to silence the voice of a genuine democracy successfully run by ethnic Chinese. Taiwanese public opinion is becoming ever more unwilling for Taiwan be treated as a second-class country due to Chinese pressure and intimidation.

The same authorities are responsible for the attempted genocide of the Tibetan people, conquered by Communist force of arms, and since mostly deprived of their indigenous leaders and religious freedom, while their numbers are kept down and massive quantities of Han Chinese lured by government incentives to settle in Tibetan lands.

The following links provide the means to act for Chinese democracy, and for Taiwanese and Tibetan independence.
      Taiwan Links http://www.taiwandc.org/index.html
      Tibet Links http://www.tibet.org

Democracy and Human Rights in China