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Henan Case Underscores Depth of China’s Slavery Problem

Posted by Author on September 7, 2011

(WSJ)- Police in central China’s Henan province said they have rescued 30 mentally handicapped people who had been enslaved at illegal brick kilns, in the latest case of slavery in China, a problem that continues in the country despite government pledges to eradicate it.

Zhang Xiaolei, director of the province’s propaganda office, said three people were in police custody in connection with the operation of the brick kilns, while several others remained at large. He said authorities learned of the brick kilns through recent local media reports.

Mr. Zhang and state-run media said the workers had severe mental illnesses and had been unable to provide police with their identities or where they were from. The state-run China Daily newspaper reported some of the victims had been enslaved for more than seven years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Christians Persecuted in Two China Provinces Henan and Jiangsu

Posted by Author on March 7, 2011

(Henan and Jiangsu – March 7, 2011) On the afternoon of March 1, agents from the DSPS (Domestic Security Protection Squad) of Xiayi County, Henan Province came to a house church in Hanzhen Town and took away three Christians, two of whom were women. The agents seized copies of the Bible, over 1,000 yuan of cash and copies of a book titled “A Stormy Life” by Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance.  After the DSPS agents conducted an interrogation that lasted over three hours, they released the three Christians and warned them not to associate with Pastor Zhang Mingxuan.  The agents also accused them of believing in a cult.

At 7 p.m. on March 4, Public Security Bureau agents from Suqian, Jiangsu Province went to Nanyang, Henan Province and took Pastor Shi Enhao, vice-president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, back to Jiangsu for detention. The latest update is that he was released on March 6. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Given Hard Labor For Twitter Comments

Posted by Author on November 19, 2010, Nov. 18, 2010 –

A Chinese woman has been arrested on her wedding day and sentenced to a year in a labour camp for retweeting a message on Twitter that “disturbed social order”.

Cheng Jianping is thought to be the first Chinese citizen to be imprisoned for a single tweet.

Her incarceration is the most severe punishment related to a tweet recorded to date and has prompted outrage from the Twitter community – who only last week rallied to support a man convicted over a ‘joke’ tweet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese woman sentenced to a year in labour camp over tweet

Posted by Author on November 18, 2010

Amnesty International, 17 November 2010 –

Amnesty International today urged the Chinese authorities to release a woman sentenced to a year in a labour camp for retweeting a supposedly anti-Japanese message.

Chinese online activist Cheng Jianping was sentenced to one year of ‘Re-education Through Labour’ on Monday for “disturbing social order”, having retweeted a satirical suggestion on October 17 that the Japanese Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo be attacked.

Cheng disappeared ten days later, on what was to be her wedding day, her whereabouts unknown until it emerged this week that she had been detained and sentenced by local police. Read the rest of this entry »

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Probe launched after 200 China pilots falsified records: govt

Posted by Author on September 6, 2010

By Robert Saiget (AFP) – Sep. 5,2010 –

BEIJING — China said Monday it was investigating its commercial pilots’ qualifications amid revelations more than 200 of them lied on their resumes.

The probe comes after 42 people died on August 24 when a Brazilian-made jet flown by Henan Airlines crashed at a small airport in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province.

Fifty-four passengers and crew survived the crash, in which the plane missed the runway, sparking speculation that pilot error was to blame.

The investigation into qualifications was launched by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the country’s aviation regulator, the central government’s news website said.

Between 2008 and 2009, the resumes of more than 200 Chinese commercial pilots were found to have been falsified, the report said, with some of them embellishing their flying histories.

At least half of the pilots worked for Shenzhen Airlines, which owns Henan Airlines…….(more details from AFP)

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Christians come under attack in China as number of independent believers grows

Posted by Author on August 9, 2010

By Bill Schiller, Asia Bureau, The Toronto Star, Canada, Aug. 8, 2010 –

— Old Wang was fast asleep in his bed when the mob arrived.

It was 3 a.m. one Sunday last September.

“People shook me and told me. ‘Get up. Get outside. Hurry up!’ ”

What he witnessed on the grounds of the Gospel Shoes Factory – a rural Christian community where he lived and worked with 60 others near here – was complete chaos: a raging mob of more than 200 men were pushing their way through the darkness with flashlights, wooden clubs, bricks, hoes and pieces of metal, smashing everything and anyone in their path.

A perimeter wall had been toppled. The main gate was smashed. Men were pouring through it.

Behind them came a roaring bulldozer, then an excavator.

As Wang stared in disbelief, he was clubbed over the head and trampled to the ground, his face streaming with blood.

Then someone hurled a brick at him, fracturing his leg.

As he lay there he could hear a man yelling, “Beat them. Beat them as hard as you like. I’ll take responsibility for everything.”

To his amazement, and the amazement of other eyewitnesses, the mob was led by a local Communist Party official backed up by uniformed police.

They were clearly on a mission. But what that mission was, wasn’t clear to those under attack.

It was, in fact, one of the more violent flare-ups in China’s ongoing campaign against Christians, a community that – according to researchers – exceeds 100 million and is growing rapidly.

That growth has stoked concern and even alarm among some government officials, who see the spread of Christianity as a threat to their authority.

Officials here took the threat seriously and decided to act – with force.

The Gospel Shoes Factory had all its papers in order. It had a building permit. Its business license was current.

But it also had a church.

China’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but it comes with a catch: every church must register with the government and submit to control by the Communist Party of China.

The Gospel Shoes church was not registered: it was what is known in China as a “house church.”

The government maintains the same registration requirements for China’s four other “officially approved” religions: Buddhism, Daoism, Islam and Catholicism. Each is assigned a government-appointed body that oversees the group’s activities throughout the country.

But Gospel Shoes was operating without such oversight. As a consequence it was deemed illegal.

So over the course of the next few hours, under the direction of the Communist Party and local police, the mob bulldozed the factory and church into the ground.

In the process they killed livestock, looted appliances and wounded 30 members of the community, seven seriously.

Most were taken to hospital by tractor and private cars.

“As long as I have lived, I have never seen brutality like this, “ says Old Wang, a Christian man in his 40s dressed in trousers and a t-shirt, who asks that his first name not be used for fear of reprisals.

“My father was a soldier in the People’s Liberation Army,” he says. “I was raised to respect authority. But how can I, after this?”

The Star also viewed copies of more than 20 other individual, eyewitness accounts signed or stamped with official thumbprints corroborating Wang’s account.

“This was the most violent attack on a house church in China in a decade,” says Li Fangping, a Beijing lawyer who later defended one of the church leaders.

It was also a sign, says Li, who is also a Christian, that the government has grown frightened of the house church movement – those churches outside the government’s grip that are growing with increasing speed.

“The government is beginning to realize that they’re beyond their control,” he says.

Some academics who study religious movements in China agree.

Protestant Christianity especially, they say, is experiencing “explosive” and even “exponential” growth in China, both in the countryside as well as in major cities: from Heilongjiang province in the north to Guangdong province in the south – from cities like Shanghai and Chengdu, to Beijing and beyond.

When Mao Zedong first took control of the country in 1949, there were just 1 million Christians in China. Today, while it is difficult to calculate a precise number, many now estimate that number to have grown by a hundred-fold.

By comparison, the Communist Party itself has just 70 million registered members.

And the numbers of Christians are growing. Some academic studies place that growth at 5 to 7 per cent annually. But most feel that pace has now accelerated.

“The house churches have been growing so fast,” eminent American sociologist Richard Madsen told an audience in Philadelphia last year, “that the government can neither stop them, nor ignore them.”

What happened in Linfen could be seen as a one-off – a rare and violent reaction by local officials in the far-off countryside responding to a unique local circumstance.

But evidence from media reports, rights organizations and interviews with religious leaders and believers across the country, suggest it is not.

Instead, what happened in Linfen is only the most egregious example of a pattern of state surveillance, harassment, intimidation and threat that has increased over the past 18 months, as the Communist Party of China struggles to come to terms with what some say is a difficult truth: its policy on religion is failing.

”The policy is, on its own terms, a complete failure,” according to Prof. Madsen, who has studied religion in China for more than 20 years. And there are signs, he says, that the Chinese government is realizing it.

Communist theory has long held that religion is nothing more than “superstition and foolishness,” and that as China prospers and becomes more modern, religion will fade away.

But that hasn’t happened.

Instead, religious belief is growing.

In an age when China has abandoned Communism in favour of market principles, more and more people are turning to religion, “looking for hope, and a better life,” says Madsen, head of sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Party members also confide that Christianity’s rapid rise has raised concern within the Communist leadership itself: a new set of closed-door conferences is being held in Beijing and the Party is commissioning new research on how to respond.

This isn’t purely about religion, of course.

What troubles China’s central government isn’t belief – but the fact that the house churches are growing into a potentially formidable force with leadership, organizational structures, independent financing and a loyal and growing following.

It is these kinds of characteristics, they fear, that could build into an alternative belief system in opposition to the government.

“Of course that’s why they’re wary,” says Madsen.

Back in Linfen, the local authorities were very wary – and far from finished.

After crushing the Gospel Shoes factory, they didn’t stop there.

When a well-known, local preacher, Yang Rongli, dared to mount a day of prayer and protest at the site and threaten to take the church’s grievances all the way to the central government in Beijing, she was arrested with four other church elders.

Yang, a university graduate and fourth generation Christian, was leader of Linfen’s Golden Lamp Church – the mother church of Gospel Shoes – believed to be the biggest house church in all of China, boasting 50,000 followers.

In 2008, Yang and church elders had raised the equivalent of $1.5 million in donations from church followers to build the towering, eight-storey, Golden Lamp Church.

In size, it rivaled all local Communist Party buildings .

As Yang was being arrested on her way to Beijing on Sept. 25 last year, hundreds of armed, uniformed and riot police swooped down and surrounded the Golden Lamp.

“I was inside,” says one church elder who has still managed to elude arrest. “There were about 100 of us in there. And we all knelt to pray.”

“No one slept that night,” he adds. “We were just too nervous.”

The standoff lasted 24 hours.

At 4 p.m. the next day, armed police moved in, took control of the church and arrested more leaders.

Following a one-day trial, Yang Rongli and four other church officials were sentenced to three to seven years in prison for constructing a church on agricultural land and for mounting a protest that had blocked traffic.

Five other church officials were also sentenced – without trial – to two years of “re-education” in a government-run labour camp.

Today the Golden Lamp Church, still under state control, faces a demolition order. Just as they crushed the Gospel Shoes complex, authorities intend to reduce the Golden Lamp to rubble.

Official papers have been issued, but no date has been set.

Zhang Kai, one of the defence lawyers at the trial, has appealed the demolition order but the appeal was rejected.

In July, Zhang traveled to Linfen, some 800 km. southwest of Beijing, to address court officials directly.

But police at the courthouse blocked him from entering.

Zhang showed them his lawyer’s license – but that was useless.

“They said, ‘You’re Zhang Kai. You’re not allowed in here. Those are our orders,’” says Zhang.

Still, Christian believers here remain defiant.

“Even if they do destroy the church, it won’t destroy our faith,” says the elder who was trapped inside the church the night of its siege.

“We believe in what we believe,” he says…….. (more details from The Toronto Star)

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China bridge collapse toll rises to 51 dead

Posted by Author on August 3, 2010

AFP, Aug. 3, 2010 –

BEIJING — At least 51 people were killed and 15 were still missing after a bridge collapsed in central China because too many people crowded on it to watch the flood torrents below, state media reported Monday.

Parts of southern, central and northern China have been battered by downpours that have caused the worst flooding in a decade, leaving about 1,000 dead and hundreds more missing since the beginning of the year.

Waters have cut off roads, left villages inaccessible and knocked out communications and water supplies in the hardest-hit areas.

Workers have been battling for more than a week to retrieve bodies since the 200-metre (yard) long bridge spanning the Yihe River in Henan province collapsed on July 24, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

“Five teams of about 40 rescuers are still searching for the missing,” Zhou Hongsen, a county official, was quoted as saying.

“We also have offered cash rewards hoping more residents would join the search and rescue.”

An initial investigation found the 23-year-old bridge collapsed after fallen tree trunks became stuck under it, blocking the raging flood waters. But a witness told Xinhua the bridge was crowded with people when it collapsed…….(more details from The AFP)

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China hospital refuses to treat beaten woman with HIV

Posted by Author on July 15, 2010

AFP, July 15, 2010 –

BEIJING — A Chinese hospital refused to treat a migrant worker seriously injured in a wage dispute after doctors found out the woman was HIV-positive, her co-worker said Friday.

Li Na, 37, was beaten up Monday when she and fellow workers at a construction site in the Inner Mongolia region asked their company for their unpaid wages, and was sent to hospital, Wu Jibiao told AFP.

“She was badly hit five to six times and she was spitting blood, but when doctors did some tests and found out she was HIV-positive, they refused to treat her,” he said.

“They didn’t give her a room either and our company said they would not pay us if she didn’t leave (hospital), so she eventually had to go. But she’s still spitting blood now, her blood pressure is sky high and she can’t walk.”

Wu said doctors told Li’s co-workers that she was HIV-positive — a sensitive issue in China where people with HIV/AIDS still encounter huge discrimination.

“Now she doesn’t want to live because her co-workers don’t want to talk to her, they all look down on her now,” he said.

The People’s Hospital of Dalate Qi, where Li was sent, and local police were not immediately available for comment. Li was also unavailable to speak to reporters.

According to Wu, Li contracted HIV more than 10 years ago when she gave blood in the central province of Henan, her home region.

Henan was the scene of a huge scandal in the 1990s when people were infected by HIV after repeatedly selling their blood to collection stations that pooled it into a tub and then injected it back into them after taking the plasma.

The blood-selling scandal, which was initially covered up by local officials, saw entire villages in Henan devastated by AIDS.

China says that at least 740,000 people are living with HIV, but campaigners say the actual figure could be far higher.


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China Steps Into Toronto’s Mayoral Race: expenses-paid trip toward one candidate

Posted by Author on June 12, 2010

David Rider, The Toronto Star, Canada –

The Chinese consulate
seems to be stepping into Toronto’s mayoral race by sending one candidate — George Smitherman —to speak at an “international mayors’ forum on tourism” in central China.

The four-day, expenses-paid trip starting Thursday, which includes a side trip to World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, is raising eyebrows because Smitherman has never held city office.

“The Chinese consulate is showing favouritism toward one mayoral candidate and that’s not very diplomatic,” said rival Giorgio Mammoliti, adding: “If Smitherman wants to go to China and pretend to be an expert on tourism, so be it.”

Smitherman’s spokesman Stefan Baranski said, “The Chinese government invited him and will be paying for his trip. . . . He will be speaking about his passion for Toronto, why it’s such a vibrant world city (and worthy of visiting) and in support of the over 400,000 people who speak Chinese who live in Toronto.”

According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association, the four-day International Mayors Forum on Tourism in Zhengzhou is “a grand tourism event with the most prospective and global cooperative significance that has appeared in the world tourism circles in recent years.”

Asked if he is concerned about accepting a junket from a government criticized for its human-rights record, Baranski relayed this statement from Smitherman: “As a gay man, the promotion of human rights are in my DNA. I am going to China at the request of the Consul General to speak to a municipal conference and hear the best and most innovative tourism strategies from cities around the world. It will also afford me the chance to build stronger ties and respectful relationships with our counterparts.”

Earlier, Baranski said, leaders of Toronto’s Chinese community honoured Smitherman by giving him the name “Shih Thern-Min, which symbolizes his desire to revitalize the city and make it work for people.”

Rob Ford’s campaign manager, Doug Ford, also questioned why China would single out Smitherman: “You don’t take free trips when you’re running for office. It’s not ethical, it smells bad. It smells like ‘pay to play,’ like a return to a culture of corruption” at city hall, he said.

Fellow candidate Rocco Rossi also responded with scorn: “That’s what you do when everyone’s attacking your incompetent transit plan — you disappear and you try to change the channel on the discussion.”

The press office at China’s Toronto consulate asked for and was sent the Star’s questions in writing but has yet to respond.

The Toronto Star

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Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (4)

Posted by Author on May 31, 2010

By TOM LASSETER, McClatchy Newspapers, U.S, May. 30, 2010 –


‘He was helpless,THERE WAS NO WAY OUT’

Zhang Dayan doesn’t have a picture of her late husband, Peng Gonglin. There was no family photograph at the house; that sort of thing is for people with money, not peasants, she explained.

She didn’t want to talk about Peng. “Just leave what happened alone,” Zhang said.

Peng’s older brother, who lives next door and didn’t want his name published, agreed. “Right now, it’s meaningless to talk about this matter,” he said. “My brother is dead.”

Peng’s suicide note told of his efforts to expose faulty seed distribution, the necessity of buying prostitutes for local officials and the beating he received, according to Chinese media reports. The government quickly announced that it was giving his family 200,000 yuan – almost $30,000 in hush money, decades’ worth of salary in the area.

On the road that leads to Peng’s house, a cousin of his rode by in a cart pulled by a tractor.

“We know a lot of farmers who’ve bought fake seeds in this area,” said Peng Yanmin, as the other farmers around him nodded. The government, he said, does nothing to protect them, and some suspect that those responsible for the bad seeds have connections with officials.

What did he think about his cousin’s suicide?

“I think he was helpless,” Peng Yanmin said. “There was no way out.”

He paused. The sky was getting dark; a shower was coming.

The driver started the tractor again, belching black smoke. The men rumbled away. A few minutes later the rain came, falling on the fields where Peng Gonglin once worked. (END)

from McClatchy Newspapers

Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (1)
Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (2)
Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (3)

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Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (3)

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010

By TOM LASSETER, McClatchy Newspapers, U.S, May. 30, 2010 –

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TIME FOR LUNCH with officials

The question of how bad seeds flooded the market and escaped official detection may be a simple case of greed and incompetence.

The two owners of the firm that sold the seed, Xinxiang Wu Feng Seed Industry Co., probably could give an answer, but they’ve been taken into custody for questioning, according to company employees. Two county officials are reported to be under investigation.

A senior researcher from the seed company, Zhao Xinming, acknowledged in a phone interview that his bosses hadn’t submitted the seeds to government inspectors and had sold them under false packaging. He said that the seeds weren’t the problem, blaming bad weather and worse farming practices.

Zhao said that his company and its owners had no ties to the government.

Local officials, though, act as if they have something to hide.

On a small country lane in Deng Zhuang last week, a silver minivan pulled up and four plainclothes policemen got out and asked a McClatchy reporter for his identification. A few minutes later, a black Hyundai showed up with five government representatives in it.

There would be no more interviewing locals about Peng. With the black Hyundai leading the way and the police van following, the authorities insisted that the reporter join them at a nearby hotel for lunch.

A crystal chandelier dangled from a gold ceiling in a private dining room. The officials ordered one course after the other – Beijing duck, a delicate mushroom soup, vegetables plucked from the mountains, ox tripe and sea plants, a large fish, spices and sweets – costing more than most villagers make in a month.

A man who was introduced as Tian Zhong of the Chinese Communist Party propaganda department said that one shouldn’t listen to what the farmers said, that they didn’t know anything. In fact, Peng’s own wife probably didn’t even know what her husband’s gender was, Tian said to guffaws at the table as the officials gorged themselves on more than a dozen dishes brought to the table by a pretty young waitress.

“He’s just a farmer,” Tian said of Peng, as he picked food from his teeth. “He doesn’t know what he was talking about.”

After the conversation ended, a county official confided that Tian’s real first name was Dong, not Zhong. He didn’t work for the propaganda department; he was the deputy director of the county’s agricultural bureau.

The reporter then was escorted back to the Zhumadian city limits. (to be cont’d)

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Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (2)

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010

By TOM LASSETER, McClatchy Newspapers, U.S, May. 30, 2010 –

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WRITING ON THE WALL- “Illegal petitioners will be severely punished”

About 45 miles up the road from the poverty of Deng Zhuang, banners advertise “elegant living” and “baroque flooring” in clusters of glimmering new buildings in the city of Zhumadian. The rolling wheat fields that ring the city are crossed by miles of elevated train tracks, part of China’s $100 billion-plus investment in a high-speed rail system that’s being pounded into shape.

Few in the West have heard of the surrounding province of Henan, but its population is expected to reach 100 million this year, roughly one-third that of the United States.

One large sign for a Zhumadian construction project reads in English: “Control the future Control the world.”

It’s a postcard from a nation hustling toward greatness.

Drive south toward Deng Zhuang, and the signs begin to change. Red and white banners painted on walls proclaim: “Implement the central government’s spirit. Fight against illegal petitions.”

In hamlets farther on, slogans streaked across the sides of buildings warn: “Illegal petitioners will be severely punished.”

The meaning is clear: Those who speak against the government are dealt with harshly.

As word spread this past year about failed rice crops in the region around Zhumadian, most locals remained silent. Thousands of acres of dry rice fields – those planted with seeds that don’t need as much water as traditional paddies – yielded little or no harvest, according to a March publication overseen by a federal government agricultural inspection agency.

The seed came from North Henan, mislabeled as a more costly variety and ill-suited for the local climate and soil, said Tong Junhua, vice director of the Zhumadian seed station. Had the weather been perfect, at least some rice would have grown, but heavy rains wiped out the inferior seeds.

The price difference between the varieties was minimal, Tong said.

“People are driven by greed, even if it’s just a little money,” he said. “They thought nothing would go wrong and figured why not.”

Why didn’t agricultural or local officials test the seeds, as they are required to do by law?

“I don’t know; I’m not clear why the relevant departments didn’t do their job,” Tong said, laughing but looking exasperated. (to be cont’d)

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Chinese farmer ends his life– cheated on seeds, humiliated and deprived of justice (1)

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010

By TOM LASSETER, McClatchy Newspapers, U.S, May. 30, 2010 –

— Peng Gonglin wasn’t an important man. He lived in a bare concrete house in a small village where women stoop beside ponds to scrub clothes in buckets and the men often harvest crops by hand.

When his rice fields came up empty last October, Peng had no influence and little cash. The 43-year-old farmer had spent almost all of his family’s savings and borrowed more to lease the land and buy seeds.

County experts in the central province of Henan tested the seeds he’d planted and determined that he’d been sold inferior goods. Peng begged for financial or legal help from the local agricultural bureau and its county seed station.

He took what remained of his family’s money and tried to bribe two local officials to intervene. They accepted the meals, massages and prostitutes, but they did nothing in return, according to a letter he later wrote.

Finally, on March 29 he returned to the county seed station to plead once more. Men there beat Peng about the head until he went home, humiliated.

Facing financial ruin, he carried out one last act of protest. Early the next morning, Peng Gonglin’s body was found hanging at the seed station.

The story of Peng’s lonely suicide reveals the pitfalls beneath the glossy surface of China’s booming economy. Ordinary Chinese who’ve been cheated or defrauded, especially in rural areas, find themselves trapped in neo-feudal conditions with no protection beyond the mercy of corrupt officials.

Outsiders are sometimes baffled by the emphasis Chinese leaders put on order and harmony, and their crushing response to any signs of unrest. From the turmoil in a village such as Deng Zhuang, though, it’s clear that the nation sits uneasily on deep social fault lines.

In the aftermath of more than a half-dozen attacks at schools across China during the past two months, in which men walked into classrooms and hacked small children with hammers or knives, many Chinese experts pointed to the lack of social safety valves and legal means of venting frustration.

“People at the bottom of the social ladder … are deprived of their rights to speak out, of their rights to appeal and petition,” said Hu Xingdou, an economics professor at the Beijing University of Technology who specializes in issues of rural development.

As one Chinese lawyer wrote in an online essay last month, “The lack of social justice makes people hate government officials. Once these burdens accumulate beyond people’s psychological endurance . . . they tend to act in an extreme way, whether to retaliate against society or to choose to commit suicide.” (to be cont’d)

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China Army Hospital’s Malfeasance caused at least 27 deaths and disabilities: Open letter by Henan Families

Posted by Author on April 6, 2010

At the request of 27 families in Henan Province, Human Rights in China is releasing an open letter by these families alleging that deaths and disabilities of at least 27 patients resulted from the treatment these patients received at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) No. 152 Central Hospital in Pingdingshan City.

The Cry of Many Victims:

Lives are at Stake, We Appeal for Your Concern, Save Us!

April 6, 2010

[Translation by Human Rights in China]

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) No. 152 Central Hospital in Pingdingshan City, Henan Province, is taking advantage of the illustrious image the PLA has in the hearts and minds of the people – of the special and unfailing trust that most common folks place in army hospitals, of the peculiar fact that the media may only report on the army’s bright side and not expose a trace of its dark side, and of China’s policy of special protection of the army – to play the game of masquerading as Buddha while secretly laughing and murdering people for profit.

Guo Haoshuai [郭豪帅], son of Ms. Xue Qiuxiang [薛秋香] from Xinhua District in Pingdingshan City, was 24 years old and had graduated from college when he went to this hospital to see a doctor on account of a mild cold and slight anemia on September 24, 2006. He was admitted to the geriatric ward, where he, oddly, died on October 27, 2006. His family spent more than 100,000 yuan [around $15,000] for this, and even donated his remains. At the end of 2006,the family requested copies of his medical records from the hospital in order to find out the cause of his death. The hospital first stalled and gave excuses and later only provided limited information from which the family discovered that the hospital admission record was completely inconsistent with the facts. This aroused the suspicion of the family members and they later gradually found out not only that the hospital falsified the medical record but that, when cross-referenced with the records of fees collected, 125 entries in the medical record were missing. During the 34 days of hospitalization, Zhao Xiaoyong [赵小永] and others, who had no understanding of medicine, administered fake and inferior drugs and more than 70 types of inappropriate new expensive medications, and frantically conducted hundreds of unnecessary, painful examinations in order to earn large amounts of bonuses and kickbacks. Military doctor Zhao Xiaoyong, Guo Haoshuai’s attending physician, did not even have a license to practice medicine. More than 30 other doctors and nurses who showed up in the medical record have not been able to provide proof of their relevant credentials so far either. What is even more absurd is that none of the doctor’s orders in the No. 152 Hospital’s medical records were signed by any of the hospital’s medical staff – something that probably no medical law in the world would allow. This is just one such case that we know of at the present time. (For other cases, please see below.)…… (more details from Human Rights in China)

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60 Christians Arrested, One Severely Injured in Central China

Posted by Author on February 22, 2010

China Aid, Feb. 22, 2010-

HENAN— For many women, a husband’s profession is simply a means of support. For the wives of Chinese house church pastors, their husband’s work can lead to devastating pain and physical suffering. For Chen Hailan, wife of Pastor Guo Quanyou, it meant broken vertebrae, a concussion, and paralyzing pain. On October 19, 2009, sixty Christians were holding a time of worship and fellowship at Pastor Guo Quanyou’s house in Neixiang. At about 10:00 AM, 18 local police besieged the house and arrested and interrogated the Christians. The police charged them with “disturbing social orders under the name of religious activities” and put five brothers into ten-days administrative detention each and imposed a fine of several thousand RMB.

On October 30th, the Neixiang police station increased the punishment of the church leader Guo Quanyou, enhancing his sentence to one year Re-education through Labor and a 2,000 RMB fine. When the police came to brother Guo’s home to arrest him, they brutally pushed Guo’s wife Chen Hailan to the floor. The impact caused a concussion and broken her “12th vertebra”. Chen Hailan continues to suffer from severe migraines, and can barely move her back from the pain.

China Aid condemns this attack on the innocent Neixiang Christians, and demands to know how a peaceful Christian gathering in a home can “disturb the social order.” We urge the Neixiang police to release Guo Quanyou, who is still being held, and to redress the fines and physical grievances against the Guo family.

We call on the international community to pray for the house church in Neixiang, Henan province, and for the release and healing of Guo Quanyou and his wife Chen Hailan.

China Aid

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One woman’s fight against pollution in China

Posted by Author on December 15, 2009

By Marianne Barriaux (AFP) , Dec. 15, 2009-

XINXIANG, China — After years of campaigning to clean up the sludge-filled rivers and acrid air of central China’s Henan province, Tian Guirong no longer has a bed to call her own and says she fears for her life.

As world leaders huddle in Copenhagen for crunch talks on a global climate change deal, Tian’s story is an example of the huge struggle faced by some developing countries trying to fight pollution.

Her group, the Xinxiang Environmental Protection Volunteers Association, has helped close more than 100 polluting factories — plants she says were responsible for illness and death among local residents.

“I’m scared, I don’t dare sleep at a fixed place. Tonight I’ll be at my son’s, tomorrow at my daughter’s, or I stay at my association,” Tian told AFP in an interview at her office in a derelict former factory in Xinxiang city.

“We receive threatening phone calls, and volunteers have also got phone calls at home late at night,” she said, adding she thinks those who call are thugs hired by angry factory owners.

Tian first started her environmental work in 1998, recycling used batteries……. (more details from AFP)

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(video) Deadly China Mine Blast in Henan Province

Posted by Author on September 10, 2009

NTDTV via Youtube, sep. 10, 2009-

A gas explosion at a coal mine in China’s central Henan Province early on Tuesday killed 35 people. Forty-four are still missing. Another 14 workers escaped the mine blast at the time of the accident. The mine is a small, locally operated venture. China’s state run media agency Xinhua says the pit was being upgraded and the local authorities had not given permission to resume production there. Lax safety standards and strong demand for resources have made China’s mines the deadliest in the world. More than 3,000 people died in mine floods, explosions, collapses and other accidents in 2008 alone.

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China tourist Appeals in Front of Taiwan Presidential Palace for Help

Posted by Author on August 30, 2009

Epoch Times Staff, Aug 30, 2009  –

An unsatisfied mainland petitioner, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, went to the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to seek help. (The Epoch Times)

An unsatisfied mainland petitioner, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, went to the Presidential Palace in Taiwan to seek help. (The Epoch Times)

After six years of unsuccessful petitioning to different levels of Chinese authorities, Zhang Kunshan of Henan Province, recently appealed in front of the Presidential Palace in Taiwan, hoping to get attention from the media and obtain legal help from Taiwan’s lawyers.

Zhang came to Taiwan as a tourist on the 19th. Instead of traveling with his group, he went to the Presidential Palace and hung a banner on a tree on which he described how the corrupted local officials took away his house and money.

The Immigration Department found and resettled him seven days later. Guo Weiqi, an immigration officer, said Zhang was very emotional when they seized him. He threatened not to leave Taiwan unless the Taiwan government agreed to pass his letter to the top Chinese regime leaders. He finally calmed down after he got the promise from the immigration department.

Zhang accepted an interview with The Epoch Times on August 26 and presented his petition letter. He writes:” Tian Qingzhong, the secretary general of Xinxiang City, Wang Shangsheng, the Political and Legal Secretary, Ding Baodong, the deputy Mayor and the director of Public Security Bureau, and Wang Boxun, the president of the Xinxiang City Intermediate People’s Court colluded together and embezzled 60 million yuan ($9.5 million) of the relocation reimbursement.”

The local authorities forced him to relocate and took away his family property in 2003. He petitioned all the way up to the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Petition in Beijing. He was arrested there by the officers from his hometown and sent to an underground detention center in Beijing opened by his home province’s Complaints Bureau.

In order to stop him from appealing, the local authorities hired gangsters to threaten him, and illegally detained him up to 197 days.

He was finally able to file his case to the District Court on December 31, 2007. However, all of the lawyers in his city were told not to represent him. “I was so disappointed and had to defend myself in the court. Even though I won the case, I still got nothing for compensation,” said Zhang.

Without any other options, Zhang went to Taiwan for seeking justice. He said, “I came to Taiwan not to visit, but to look for my human rights. I hope to get the media’s help here. China has signed a mutual legal assistance agreement with Taiwan. I am asking Taiwan’s lawyers to help me to get justice in court.”

The Epochtimes

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Lead Children Denied Tests by Official In Central China

Posted by Author on August 27, 2009

Radio Free Asia, Aug. 26, 2009-

HONG KONG—Promises by local government officials offering free blood tests to children affected by pollution from smelting plants in the central Chinese province of Hunan have yet to be fulfilled, residents and officials said.

An official at the hospital near worst-hit Wugang township, where more than 1,000 children are believed to have higher-than-normal levels of lead in their blood, said the hospital had not yet been told how to deal with the large numbers of worried parents trying to book tests.

“There are several dozen patients coming for blood tests every day, but I don’t know the actual patient numbers per day,” said an employee who answered the phone at the Wugang People’s Hospital.

“Senior management has requested a survey [of lead poisoning cases], and we will know the procedure in a few days’ time,” she added.

Local officials have promised the closure of privately owned zinc and manganese smelting plants after being hit by a wave of violent clashes between police and angry parents in central Hunan and northern Shaanxi provinces in recent weeks.

Official Chinese media also reported that free blood tests would be available for children affected by the polluting factories, but residents of Wugang say the authorities have yet to deliver on their promises.

Bribery alleged

“There are only three government permission slips for free individual blood tests for the whole village,” a mother surnamed Wang from Wugang said.

“Some parents are willing to pay the cost themselves in order to have their children checked. However, local hospitals have been bribed by someone, so the parents never see the correct results,” she said.

Another Wugang villager surnamed Zhang said she had been turned down for lead tests at several hospitals in the area.

“Some said there was no electricity, some said the machines weren’t working, and some said the maintenance staff hadn’t shown up for work at the right time, and so on,” Zhang said.

Some villagers even went as far as Hengyang city, taking their children to at least five hospitals, she said.

“But none of the children has actually been tested,” she said……. (more from The Radio fee Asia)

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1,300 Children Poisoned by Lead in Central China

Posted by Author on August 21, 2009

Radio Free Asia, Aug. 21, 2009-

HONG KONG—More than 1,300 children have been poisoned by lead from a year-old manganese factory in China’s central Hunan province, official media said, on the heels of another lead-poisoning scandal in nearby Shaanxi province.

The mass lead contamination in Wenping township, Hunan province, has led to charges that authorities have failed to adequately regulate toxins. Official media said it had opened in May last year without approval from local environmental authorities.

Sixty to 70 percent of children living near the factory showed unhealthy levels of lead in their blood, the official Xinhua news agency said.

A total of 851 children were found to have excessive lead levels in their blood, Xinhua news agency said. It said 155 children were still receiving hospital treatment, out of a total of 174 cases requiring hospitalization.

Authorities closed the factory, located near a kindergarten, primary school, and middle school, and detained two executives on suspicion of “causing severe environment pollution.”

An employee at the Wugang municipal government, contacted by telephone, said Wednesday that the manganese factory had been closed.

“The manganese mine has been shut down. Lead poison from industrial pollution is quite common in China. Our municipal leaders attached great importance to this incident and have taken many measures to deal with it,” the city employee, who asked to be identified by his surname, Huang, said.

“Wugang city has posted a notice in Hengjiang village, indicating that all residents who live within 2.5 kms of the manganese factory can go to the designated clinics to have medical exams and the government will pay for the cost. The municipal government has begun an investigation on the factory and whoever is responsible for the pollution will be held accountable,” he said.

Yang Xin, an environmental activist from Chengdu, Sichuan province, said this latest incident of lead poisoning—along with another reported last week in Shaanxi—show that China’s small- and medium-sized mining enterprises must be overhauled.

“Many small- and medium-sized mining enterprises face similar problems such as shortage of money and lack of technology,” Yang said.

“They are usually privately owned and operated and their owners seek profits only and care little about environmental protection. There is a trend that such phenomena are spreading out from China’s coastal areas to the mid-west regions.”

Some employ local residents, including children, who know little about industrial pollution. “They’re easy prey,” he said.

Protesters recently stormed the Dongling smelting works in Shaanxi, which they blamed for the lead poisoning of 851 children.

The Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Co. was ordered by environmental protection authorities in Fengxiang county to suspend lead and zinc production Aug. 6 following a public outcry.

Fengxiang county government has offered free blood tests for 1,016 children aged 14 and under from three villages of Changqing Township, official media reported.

Radio Free Asia

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Central China Farmers Protest Land Grabs

Posted by Author on July 22, 2009

In an undated photo, residents of Nanwan village in southern Guangdong province protest outside a government building against alleged corruption surrounding an eel farm built on their land. (Provided by villagers, published by Radio Free Asia)

Radio Free Asia, 2009-07-22 –

In an undated photo, residents of Nanwan village in southern Guangdong province protest outside a government building against alleged corruption surrounding an eel farm built on their land. (Provided by villagers, published by Radio Free Asia)

HONG KONG— Villagers in one of the poorest regions of China have vowed they will fight a government proposal to use their farmland for a cement factory, as a deadline for agreement set by local officials passed on Wednesday.

Residents of poverty-stricken Gushi county in the central province of Henan said they had been sent a letter only last week by village-level officials proposing the sale of a plot of desperately needed farmland at below-market compensation levels.

Dongba village resident Wang Dengyou said the villagers are dependent on agriculture as a way to eke out a living.

“Our plan was not to sell this land,” said Wang, who received the government letter offering 12,500 yuan (U.S.$1,830) per mu (0.06 hectares). “If we sell it, then we won’t have anything to eat.”

“We decided that it wasn’t enough compensation,” he said. “Even if the price was a bit higher, if we sold it we would still have lost our food supply.”

The government letter also threatened the villagers with land requisition and no compensation at all if they refused the offer, residents said.

Alleged corruption

Villagers accused local officials of skimming off a high percentage of money received from the property developers for the land.

“If you think about it, the county government has received 20,000 yuan per mu, while they are only offering 12,500 yuan per mu to the villagers,” Dongba resident Yang Huaibing said.

“This is being pulled by [officials in] our village.”

Calls to the Dongba village government and nearby Wangpeng village government went unanswered during office hours Tuesday.

According to local media reports, a series of land disputes has followed county Party secretary Guo Yongchang’s 2004 pledge to bring more investment to Henan, which has some of the poorest rural communities in China, as local officials make bids to acquire land in the area.

New developments have included spacious business centers and palatial government office buildings, reports said……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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18 China House Church Members Detained

Posted by Author on May 8, 2009

By Zhang Yuwen, Voice of America,  Via The Epochtimes, May 8, 2009 –

Eighteen House Church members from Henan Province in Central China were detained by local police last week when they gathered for a meeting. Sixteen of them remain in detention.

It was the first time that members of the House Church in the village had been arrested collectively. The China Aid Association (CAA) called on Chinese authorities to immediately release these detained Christians.

The CAA reported that when the Huafu Church members in Taizi Village, Xinye County, Henan Province, gathered on April 30, local police conducted a raid. Eighteen people were brought to the local police station where they were forced to pay a fine of 1,000 yuan (approximately $146.56). The arrests occurred over a week ago.

One church member, identified as Li Le, said that the authorities had not given any reason for  the detentions nor had they processed the detentions yet.

Li said the local police have released only two elder members who were in poor health.. Several family members of the detained Christians asked Li to lead them to the police station so they could ask for the release of their family members.

A Voice of America reporter called the Xinye police but the police hung up immediately when they realized the call was from a reporter. The cell phone of the police leader was also turned off. A staff person at the Xinye Detention Center simply said he did not have a clear understanding of the matter.

Li  reported that they are often harassed by the police and anti-riot forces when they meet together. In the past they had been arrested individually. This was the first time  the church members had been arrested collectively.

Zhang Mingxuan, chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance, said that the Chinese authorities had not loosened their suppression of House Church members after the conclusion of the Beijing Olympics.

“The education level of police in many remote areas is poor. They have been told  Christians are a radical force and lawless. They don’t understand us, so they continue to suppress us. It happens frequently in Henan and Sichuan Provinces and in other places as well.” Zhang said.

CAA published a statement asking members to contact Xinye police to ask for the immediate release of the 16 Christians.

The Epochtimes

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China confirms bird flu death of Beijing woman-WHO

Posted by Author on January 9, 2009

Reuters, Jan 6, 2009 –

Jan 6 (Reuters) – China’s health ministry has confirmed that a 19-year-old woman died of the H5N1 bird flu virus in Beijing, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.

China recorded three bird flu cases last year, all fatal. The bird flu virus is constantly mutating, and experts fear it could change into a form that is easily transmitted from person to person and kill millions of people worldwide.

At present, H5N1 remains mainly a bird virus, but WHO data released in mid-December showed 247 people had died from it out of 391 cases since the virus resurfaced in Asia in 2003.

“We received confirmation of the case from the Chinese health ministry. A 19-year-old woman died on Monday in Beijing of H5N1,” WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva. He had no further information………. (Reuters)

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