The comrades of Dong Cunrui, a hero died during the Chinese civil war
(1946-1949), have appealed on the internet to set up Chinese hero protection
Dong¡¯s comrade in arms, Xiao Zequan, Song Zhaotian and Cheng Tuanjiu
suggested dividing Chinese heroes into five kinds: History Heroes, Nationality
Heroes, Revolutionary Leaders, Revolutionary Martyrs, and Model Heroes.
Celebrity like Confucius, Yue Fei, a Chinese patriot and nationalist military
leader who fought for the Southern Song Dynasty against the Jurchen armies of
the Jin Dynasty, Sun Yat-sen, a great pioneer of China's democratic revolution ,
Lei Feng, a soldier whose selfless and modest figure become an idol to many
Chinese are on their protection list.
Wang Fengming, a lawyer in Beijing Sheng Ji Law Office,
said Chinese heroes are the spiritual support for the whole Chinese
nationality.Usually honour right of natural person is infringed upon, he or his
close relative shall have the right to demand that the infringement be stopped
and further to economic compensation.
But once the reputation of heroes is infringed upon, the influence
is much larger that compensation and public apology are not enough to make up
spiritual hurt, as the damage is upon Chinese people¡¯s pride.
Even though, China has not published detailed regulations on hero reputation
protection. Once the reputation of heroes is infringed upon, they or their
relatives can only apply for honour right law on natural persons or decedent to
deal with the cases. The problem is that most of the dead heroes have left no
relatives in the world or their close relatives are too old to live the life.
After the relatives die, heroes¡¯ honour rights would have no assurance.
The proposers took Lei Feng for example. They said that it's hard to resort
to the related law once Lei Feng's reputation was offended, since he has no
close relatives to file the lawsuit for him.
Other opinion said it is not necessary to establish new law once a new social
problem appears. They called to find another effective way to solve the problem,
like adding Chinese hero protection clause to the present relevant laws