• 2006-12-13

    Wind may come in,rain may come in,but the king may not...


    Something the city of Shenzhen did  in the past few days  has really enraged the emerging(or shall we say,awakening) human rights community in China,not to mention around the world.

    It public-shamed a dozen prostitutes and pimps in front of crowds of people ,intended as the first step in a two-month campaign to crack down on the rampant prostitution that keeps plaguing the city over the years.

     Some people were quick to point out that it is highly inappropriate,even illegal to do so.A few lawyers have gone so far as to send open letters to National  people's Congress to voice their concerns about and oppositions to this practice.

    Some found this particularly evocative of the past horrible Culture Revolution days when people were summarily whisked away and publicly humiliated,abused and even mutilated.

    It is really hard to conceive that such a "barbaric" and "backward" thing could ever happen in today's China,much less in the frontline of China's new-era reform-- Shenzhen.

     I,for one,much as I  denounce the existence of prostitution,am all for humanitarian treatment of even the most depravedly downtrodden and misled.They erred seriously,yes,but they are still humans,and as such,still enjoy human rights,which shall be inalienable,indivisableand inviolable.

    William Pitt,during a debate over the excise tax in Britain in 1763,wrote,as quoted in part in the title of this entry, “Wind may come in, rain may come in, but the King may not, which is to say that even a poor person living in a slum has his own inviolable rights.”

    And he couldn't be more right,exactly 243 long years ago...