Charter 08

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Charter 08 is a manifesto (a public declaration of your beliefs) initially signed by over 350 Chinese intellectuals and human rights activists to promote political reform and democratization in the People's Republic of China.[1] It was published on 10 December 2008, the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, using a similar name and style from the anti-Soviet Charter 77 issued by dissidents in Czechoslovakia.[2] Since its release, more than 8,100 people inside and outside of China have signed the charter.[3][4]

One of the authors of Charter '08, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

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  1. "Over 5000 people have signed the Charter 08 (《零八宪章》签名已超过5000人)". Boxun. 17 December 2008. http://news.boxun.com/news/gb/china/2008/12/200812171239.shtml. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  2. Spencer, Richard (9 December 2008). "Chinese dissidents emulate anti-Soviet heroes with Charter 08". Telegraph.co.uk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/3690568/Chinese-dissidents-emulate-anti-Soviet-heroes-with-Charter-08.html. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  3. Why China's leadership should talk to the Charter 08 movement, Washington Post, January 30, 2009.
  4. Small green shoots of rebellion among ordinary Chinese, Irish Times, January 31, 2009.