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Chinese scholars, journalists urge govt to implement political reforms.

London, Feb 28 ( ANI ): China's most prominent scholars, journalists and activists have urged the government to implement political reforms.

Over 100 people signed the open letter, which was the third in three months, urging Beijing to ratify an international human rights treaty.

The letter was posted on several prominent Chinese websites and blogs, the BBC reports.

The letter said that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) should be ratified, in order to further promote and establish the principles of human rights and constitutionalism in China.

According to the report, the ICCPR is part of the International Bill of Human Rights created by the United Nations.

It calls for basic civil and political rights of individuals, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

The open letter was signed by many prominent thinkers in China, including economist Mao Yushi, legal scholar He Weifang and Dai Qing, an outspoken political activist, the report said.

In December, many of the same people also signed a strongly worded open letter demanding political reform within China, including an independent judiciary and meaningful democratic change, it added. ( ANI )

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