Who Cares About Human Rights If You Have Intellectual Property Rights

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said after visiting China, that a country that doesn’t protect human rights would have no respect for IPR and other minor rights, according to Liu Kin-ming in a Hong Kong Standard article. But why have an either or solution? The State Council approved and authorized the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2012-2015)国家人权行动计划 […]

Open Letter to the UN Special Rapporteur: Nothing Wrong With Graduated Response

Dear Mr Frank La Rue, With interest I have read your report (May 16, 2011) for the Human Rights Council on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the concern you have for the graduated response. I was unpleasantly surprised by the uncritical reception of the document in the media. […]

Are Intellectual Property Rights A Subspecies of Human Rights?

Damian Reece, Head of Business of The Telegraph was commenting David Cameron’s trip to China. According to Mr Reece his timing to talk about human rights was wrong and therefore counterproductive. Instead, writes Mr Reece, he should have focused on intellectual property rights related problems in China. Read here. Mr Reece is most certainly right […]