DDN and its affiliated academic refuse to participate in coming consultation
We are greatly
disappointed with the NPC Standing Committee’s rash decision to rule out
universal suffrage in 2007 and 2008 and to significantly limit the democratic
development of the Legislature. This decision was made without giving
The Democratic Development Network and its affiliated academics are known to be a civil society group advocating a need for moderation, rational discussion and dialogue in matters of political development. In the last few months, we have met a great number of people in the business section and research centres and thinktanks. We have spent three months in developing a detailed political development proposal to address the concerns of different parties, especially the Central authority and the business community. Now with the rash decision of the NPC Standing Committee, our efforts have gone in vain.
To express our deep disappointment and disapproval, we decided that we will not participate in the forthcoming consultation process. In particular,
1) we will not submit any constitutional development proposals to the government in the coming consultation;
2) we will not attend any official meetings held for this purpose.
The DDN will
continue to comment on political reform and organize seminars for this
purpose. In the spirit moderation
and o=rational discussion, we will continue to maintain dialogue with different
social groups to develop constructive suggestions to solve the present governance
problem. We will also continue our public
democratic education so as to consolidate the conditions for democracy in