Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter

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Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter. / Schoenhals, Michael.

2013. Paper presented at Justice and Accountability in Maoist China and After, München, Germany.

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Schoenhals, M 2013, 'Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter' Paper presented at Justice and Accountability in Maoist China and After, München, Germany, 2013/03/08, .

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Schoenhals, M. (2013). Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter. Paper presented at Justice and Accountability in Maoist China and After, München, Germany.

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Schoenhals M. 2013. Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter. Paper presented at Justice and Accountability in Maoist China and After, München, Germany.

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Schoenhals M. Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter. 2013. Paper presented at Justice and Accountability in Maoist China and After, München, Germany.

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Schoenhals, Michael. / Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter. Paper presented at Justice and Accountability in Maoist China and After, München, Germany.15 p.

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TY - CONF

T1 - Limitations of Transitional Justice in the PRC: the Curious Absence of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter

AU - Schoenhals, Michael

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - My paper begins with some brief observations on the existing literature on the Chinese Communist Party’s post-Mao reversal of so-called unjust, wrong, and false cases. The paper then proceeds to examine a noteworthy difference between the PRC case and transitional justice in other states where “the transitional” entailed a further shift in power from an ancien regime to an entirely new order (viz. Eastern Europe after 1989): the complete absence from the Chinese public record of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter (teqing in Chinese). Drawing on Chinese Public Security files, I argue that his/her absence from accounts of injustices and justice should not be interpreted as evidence of the teqing not actually having been present in Mao Zedong’s socio-political reality. Public Security organs had, in many of the categories of cases reviewed in the post-Mao transitional justice system, regulalry and routinely employed the operational instrument of the teqing to obtain (fabricate?) evidence and secure (false?) convictions.

AB - My paper begins with some brief observations on the existing literature on the Chinese Communist Party’s post-Mao reversal of so-called unjust, wrong, and false cases. The paper then proceeds to examine a noteworthy difference between the PRC case and transitional justice in other states where “the transitional” entailed a further shift in power from an ancien regime to an entirely new order (viz. Eastern Europe after 1989): the complete absence from the Chinese public record of the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter (teqing in Chinese). Drawing on Chinese Public Security files, I argue that his/her absence from accounts of injustices and justice should not be interpreted as evidence of the teqing not actually having been present in Mao Zedong’s socio-political reality. Public Security organs had, in many of the categories of cases reviewed in the post-Mao transitional justice system, regulalry and routinely employed the operational instrument of the teqing to obtain (fabricate?) evidence and secure (false?) convictions.

KW - China

KW - law

KW - justice

KW - Cultural Revolution

KW - informers

KW - inoffizielle Mitarbeiter

M3 - Paper, not in proceeding

ER -