Ma asks Beijing to tolerate dissidents
Central News Agency
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2009-12-27 12:00 AM
President Ma Ying-jeou called on Beijing yesterday to demonstrate the "greatest possible tolerance" towards its dissidents.

"The pursuit of democracy and human rights has always been my top priority throughout my political career, and both Taiwan and China, as signatories to the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic and Cultural Rights, should have the 'greatest possible tolerance' of those who express their opinions in a peaceful way," Ma said in the wake of the sentencing to 11 years in prison of renowned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo by a Beijing court the previous day.

Liu, a co-author of "Charter 08," which calls for an end to Communist Party of China rule and the implementation of constitutional democracy in China, was detained just before it was released last December. More than 300 people, including some of China's top intellectuals, have signed the charter.

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