Based on reliable sources listed in English and Chinese Wikipedia articles on “Human Rights movement“, “Human Rights Defender” and “Weiquan movement“. It is clear that Chinese Wikipedia administrator wulaquark User:乌拉跨氪 (aka Quark Zhang) has overstepped by protecting un-sourced versions with administrative power while participating in the editing processes. Here I provide a few infographics to show the distinctions and overlaps between “human rights” and “weiquan”.
In a nutshell, in the Chinese context, the concept of weiquan is more extensive in scope, covering concerns for not only human rights but also legal rights, as shown in the infographic below. For instance, consumer rights was the main concern of “weiquan” in Chinese context, but did not normally belong to the specific specialization of human rights. In contrast, the concept of human rights is more extensive in terms of time and space, while the term of weiquan is limited to China (PRC) in the 2000s.
File source: Wei_Quan_Human_Rights_PRC_summary.svg
The above infographic is derived from the infographics below.
First, the two tables below clearly present the time (the first half of the table) and place (the second half of the table) for the three terms of “Human Rights movement“, “Human Rights Defender” and “Weiquan movement“. It clearly shows that human rights movement and human rights defender are the universal concepts that have longer history than the more limited concept of Weiquan, which is limited to the PRC Chinese context after the 2000s.
File source: Wei_Quan_Human_Rights_time_space_summary.svg
Second, as the academic concept of “modern China”（現代中国） consists not only the history of PRC since 1949, but also (1) the Republican China before 1949 and (2) Hong Kong and Taiwan after 1949, it is also important to include the human rights development and history in those contexts when we try to summarize the knowledge on the topic of “human rights in modern China”. The table below shows the basic distinctions and overlaps, for the three terms in question, according to their respective temporal (1989-1949, 1984-1998, 2000s) and spatial dimensions (International community, Modern China and China PRC).
File source: Wei_Quan_Human_Rights_time_space.svg