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Bombings in China rattle officials’ nerves

Posted by Author on May 26, 2011


Reporting from Beijing (LA Times)— A farmer who said his house had been demolished set off three bombs at government buildings in the eastern Chinese city of Fuzhou on Thursday, killing himself and one other person and putting nerves on edge at a time when authorities are increasingly anxious about social unrest.

The bomber was identified as Qian Mingqi, an unemployed 52-year-old. The other person killed was not immediately identified. Six people were injured.

Bombings of this magnitude are relatively rare in China. Officials’ nervousness was evident from a ham-handed attempt to keep the incident out of the news. Angry reporters in Fuzhou complained that police confiscated their notebooks and cellphones and deleted photographs from cameras. An early report posted on the official New China News Agency site that described the attack as retaliation against local government was later removed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Forced Eviction Death in Eastern China Sparks Clashes with Police

Posted by Author on May 14, 2011


Clashes broke out between police and residents in a forced eviction stand-off in Lianyungang city in northeastern Jiangsu province on Friday after an evictee died, officials and local residents said.

The standoff began after hundreds of demolition workers approached the home of Shizhuang village resident Liu Zengluo early Friday, relatives and local residents said.

Liu died after confronting the demolition gang, but the official version of his death and those of his relatives differed sharply. Read the rest of this entry »

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China PM’s meet with petitioners a carefully orchestrated political show, Human Rights Watch says

Posted by Author on January 26, 2011


By Susan Stumme (AFP), Jan. 26, 2011-

BEIJING — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has met citizens in Beijing petitioning for redress over unpaid wages, home demolitions and land grabs, state media said Wednesday — the first such meeting in six decades.

Wen’s visit to the State Bureau for Letters and Calls — where petitioners go to file complaints with authorities — highlighted the mounting anger felt by many Chinese living in a one-party state that enforces its will by diktat.

It was the first such trip by a premier since communist China was founded in 1949, the reports said, and it received widespread coverage in print and broadcast media.

But amid rising levels of public protest across China, Wen’s conversations with unhappy citizens were slammed by Human Rights Watch as a political show. Read the rest of this entry »

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Supporters Gather For Party at Shanghai Studio while Ai Weiwei House Arrestted In Beijing

Posted by Author on November 7, 2010


Tania Branigan and agencies, guardian.co.uk, Nov. 7, 2010 –

Hundreds of supporters of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gathered for a party at his condemned studio in Shanghai today, as he remained under house arrest 650 miles away in Beijing.

Police told him on Friday that he would not be able to leave his home until midnight tonight, after he refused to cancel the event.

Ai, who created Tate Modern’s “sunflower seeds” installation and whose activism has frequently angered Chinese authorities, told the Guardian: “Many had been warned by local police not to come, but they still made the effort and enjoyed music and wine and crabs. It is really amazing. Hopefully [the police] will learn from this that they cannot just use this old way to deal with new conditions. I think with the internet you don’t need to be there to communicate so well. I have spent all day talking to people there.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Blasts ‘inhuman’ Communist Regime and Says Internet Would Bring it Down

Posted by Author on November 7, 2010


By Marianne Barriaux (AFP), Nov. 7, 2010 –

BEIJING — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei branded the nation’s government “inhuman” on Sunday and said the Internet would bring the current Communist regime to an end, as he remained under house arrest in Beijing.

Ai, one of China’s most famous artists who currently has an exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, says he has been confined to his home to stop him from attending a gathering at his new Shanghai studio which is due to be demolished. Read the rest of this entry »

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Forced Eviction Victims Went On Protest Walks to Beijing on World Habitat Day

Posted by Author on October 10, 2010


By Sophia Fang, Epoch Times Staff, Oct 10, 2010 –

Victims of forced eviction in Beijing, Shanghai, and other areas in China expressed their grievances on World Habitat Day. They went on protest walks and talked about their experiences of forced government demolition and eviction.

Beijing’s Tiananmen Square was crowded with people during the weeklong Chinese National Day holiday. But some came instead to observe World Habitat Day designated by the United Nations for the first Monday of October every year.

Former Beijing human rights attorney, Ni Yulan, told Voice of America (VOA) that she and many other people went to Tiananmen Square to stage a protest walk, and that they were closely followed by police. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Netizens Play Forced Eviction Video Game

Posted by Author on September 16, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Sep 16, 2010 –

Screenshot from the game "Nailhouses vs. the Eviction Gang." (RFA)

Screenshot from the game "Nailhouses vs. the Eviction Gang." (RFA)


HONG KONG
— Chinese netizens have been playing a computer game this week based on one of the country’s most pressing social problems: forced evictions by local governments to make way for lucrative property developments.

“Nailhouses vs. the Eviction Gang” pits local residents against authorities bent on demolishing their home and has recently been passed around on popular microblogging sites.

The brightly colored two-dimensional game offers a number of Super Mario-style characters who stand on the upper story of a house marked with the now all-too familiar character for “demolition.”

The inhabitants rain household objects down on strings of blue-clad officials who approach the house with spades. Successful players repel the attempts at undermining the building from below.

“The building has three stories. Each 100 yuan you earn means you can activate one family member, and you can repel a large number of personnel from different agencies from four different levels [including the roof],” said a netizen identified as “Lemon,” who had recently played the game.

“The aim is to prevent them getting anywhere near your ‘nailhouse’ and demolishing your building,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN Protestors Highlight China’s Forced House Eviction Problem

Posted by Author on August 9, 2010


NTDTV, Via Dailymotion.com, Aug. 9, 2010 –

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:
“This is a photo of my house. It had 4 floors and was close to 500 square meters.”

Chen Xuxing’s house is gone. A local real estate developer in Wuhan wanted to use his land to build a park, but Mr. Chen didn’t agree. So the company forced him out of him home—and then demolished it.

It’s known as forced eviction, and in China, it’s one of the most serious problems facing the country today. Developers, often working with local officials, have rushed to cash in on a real estate boom. Often, it involves driving residents off desirable land.

Residents have little legal protection—even when companies do illegal things to force them out.

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:

“Because we didn’t reach an agreement, three days later they employed thugs to break into my house.”

This is video footage from the surveillance camera on Mr. Chen’s house.

[Chen Xuxing, Forced Eviction Victim]:
“Several dozen people came, thugs came to break down my door…After beating me in the house until my head was bleeding, they pulled me outside to beat me. They said they had taken me outside to beat me so the neighbors could see, and that whoever doesn’t move will end up like this.”

Mr. Chen was hospitalized for two months.

He shot this footage after leaving the hospital. His street is filled with the debris of demolished houses. This couple stands in the ruins of their home—torn down with all their belongings still inside. Other houses are marked with the word “demolish.”

Mr. Chen says the development company was colluding with local officials. When Mr. Chen was attacked, neighbors called the police, but they didn’t show up until the following afternoon. Local authorities also refused to listen to the residents’ protests.

According to the Asia Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch, this type of corruption is common in China.

NTDTV

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Old Woman Chooses Self-Immolation to Against Government’s Forced Demolition in Northwestern China

Posted by Author on June 19, 2010


By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, June 18, 2010-

In order to stop authorities from demolishing her house and taking her land for the purpose of ‘economic development’, Li Wei set herself on fire. The 60-year-old woman is currently hospitalized and in critical condition with third degree burns over 37 percent of her body.

June 13 was the day the authorities were going to expropriate her land to build a factory for the Jingyue Economic Development Area in northwestern China’s Changchun City. Li Wei and her husband Li Xiuchen were having breakfast when the local government sent a dozen cars and over 50 people to her house, telling the couple that they were taking their house down, according to Wenhuabao (China Culture Daily).

When they tried to force Li Wei out of her home she dowsed herself with gasoline and set herself on fire. The intruders then rushed out of the house.

A doctor at the hospital said Li could die considering that she also suffers from a heart problem and diabetes.

The Epoch Times called the Office of Letters and Calls of the Jingyue Economic Development Area for comment. The man on duty said that the incident was being handled “according to procedures.”

The couple had been offered 13,000 yuan (US$1,900) for their house, but turned down the offer.

According to Wenhuabao (newspaper), Li did not regret what she did. “I was not given any choice. I had to fight for my house with my life,” Li said.

In the past few years, many such tragic incidents have taken place. The combination of land grabs by rapacious officials under the guise of public development, and the lack of established means for expressing dissent in China’s still closed political environment, are behind the incidents of desperation.

In November 2009, Tang Fuzhen, a businesswoman in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, set herself on fire on the roof of her house, in front of police. She died as a result.

On Dec 14, 2009, Xi Xinzhu from Beijing set himself on fire to protest forced demolition.

On Jan 26, 2010, Zeng Huanwei, resident of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, lit himself on fire to protest a road broadening project that his house was a victim of.

On March 3, 2010, 70-year-old Wang Cuiyun from Wuhan City, Hubei Province attempted to stop a demolition in progress. An earth scraper threw her into a ditch, and she died as a result.

On March 10, 2010, Han Huabin from Huayin City, Jiangsu Province, poured gasoline on himself in front of government officials who came to demolish his house. As the demolition proceeded he set himself on fire and incurred serious injuries.

On March 27, 2010, a father and son from Lianyungang City burned themselves in an attempt to stop town officials from taking down their pig farm. The 68-year-old son, Tao Huixi, died and the 92-year-old Tao Xingyao was injured.

On April 29, 2010
, four hundred desperate Chinese farmers from Changchunling Village in Heilongjiang Province resorted to lying on railroad tracks to protest government land grabs. Armed police dispersed them with tear gas. A dozen farmers suffered injuries, with two badly hurt.

On May 10, 2010, 91-year-old Liu Xian from Yongchun County, Fujian Province, drank pesticide and killed himself because he feared that he would have no place to stay after his house was torn down.

Forced relocation for the purpose of infrastructure or luxury developments are common in China and have become a source of festering unrest, especially because of the inadequate compensation generally given to the landowners.

To prepare for the World Expo, Shanghai officials displaced 18,000 families and 270 factories. Many residents who lived near the Huangpu River were forced to relocate and given minimal compensation. Countless have become homeless while some have been detained, beaten, and even killed.

The Department of Sociology at Tsinghua University in Beijing recently published a report that outlines the urgency of “maintenance of social stability” (often code for maintenance of regime stability) in the face of social conflicts, social unrest, and mass uprisings throughout the country.

The report says, “Without an effective outlet for people to express their interests, unresolved conflicts will accumulate in an increasingly unstable society. The growing social disputes stemming from violations of human rights and property rights, predominantly related to forced evictions, subsequent demolitions, and unpaid wages, are described as the leading causes of instability in China today.”

The Epochtimes

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Chinese farmer fires homemade rockets to forced eviction teams to defend land

Posted by Author on June 8, 2010


Reuters, Tue Jun 8, 2010 –

(Reuters) – A Chinese farmer has declared war on property developers who want his land, building a canon out of a wheelbarrow and pipes and firing rockets at would-be eviction teams, state media said on Tuesday.

Yang Youde, who lives on the outskirts of bustling Wuhan city, in central Hubei province, says he has fended off two eviction attempts with his improvised weapon, which uses ammunition made from locally sold fireworks.

“I shot only over their heads to frighten them,” the China Daily quoted him saying of his attacks on demolition workers sent to move him off his land. “I didn’t want to cause any injuries.”

The rockets can travel over 100 metres, and exploded with a deafening bang, the official paper added. It did not say if anyone had been injured.

His approach is more aggressive than most, but Yang’s problem is a common one.

Anger over property confiscation is one of the leading causes of unrest in China, with many people forced to give up homes and land to make way for anything from roads to luxury villas.

Yang says the local government has offered him 130,000 yuan ($19,030) for his fields, on which they want to erect “department buildings”. He is asking for five times that amount.

Construction ditches have already been dug across the land of less obstinate neighbours.

A first eviction team attacked him in February after his rockets ran out, but local police came to his rescue. In May he held off 100 people by firing from a makeshift watchtower.

The government is planning to reform property confiscation rules, but rights groups say the changes do not go far enough to address the potentially destabilising issue.

Reuters

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Hanged to protest at being evicted, 56-year-old man’s Body Snatched by 200 Police in south China

Posted by Author on May 27, 2010


Radio Free Asia, May 26, 2010 –

HONG KONG— Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Changsha snatched the dead body of a 56-year-old man who hanged himself in protest at being evicted from his home to make way for a major property development, residents said.

“A vehicle came from the undertaker’s to take the dead body away, but the [relatives] refused,” said a resident of Changsha’s Rongwan township surnamed Ding.

“At this point there were a lot of police on the scene, some in camouflage, probably about 200 of them in all,” she said.

“Several of them dragged the body out, then about seven or eight of them lifted it into the vehicle.”

She said relatives had erected a marquee in the street to hold a funeral rite for Huang Jianhua, a laid-off worker who lived in accommodations belonging to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch at No. 1 Baishaye Road.

Huang, 56, was found dead by a neighbor Friday, with a suicide note in his pocket saying he had been forced to sign an eviction agreement against his will.

The owner of a nearby business surnamed Xu was also at the scene.

“There were about 200 people: police, local community officials, and municipal management office in charge of the evictions,” Xu said.

“They put the body into a vehicle and took it to the undertaker’s.”

“There were a lot of onlookers as well … some people were taking photos on their cell phones and the police grabbed them immediately and wouldn’t let them do that,” he said.

Police confirm suicide

“There were a couple of elderly people I guessed were his parents. The old lady was lifted into the vehicle by four of five people.”

A police officer at the nearby Wangyuehu police station confirmed the suicide.

“Yes,” he said, when asked if an evictee had hanged himself, but declined to give further details.

A relative of Huang’s, surnamed Liu, confirmed that there was a suicide note in which Huang expressed his deep dissatisfaction with the eviction agreement.

“We are still in discussions about this, but so far there hasn’t been any result. We have reached an initial agreement and the body has been taken to the undertaker’s,” Liu said.

An employee who answered the phone at the Changsha municipal government offices denied the suicide and the tussle over Huang’s remains, but she confirmed the large police presence in the area……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Forced Evictions Over Dam in Southwestern China

Posted by Author on April 26, 2010


Radio Free Asia, 2010-04-26 –

HONG KONG
— Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan have begun demolishing houses and forcing people from their homes near the Pubugou hydroelectic power project, which is due to go into operation soon.

“They are forcibly demolishing houses,” a resident of Hanyuan county, where the evictions took place, said.

“They all came together in the night. The armed police, the regular police, the county Party secretary and officials,” said the resident, surnamed Cao.

The controversial Pubugou project, a series of ladder-like dams on Sichuan’s mountainous Dadu river, has sparked protests and armed confrontation in the past, with the army moving into the area to quell angry protests in 2004.

A total of 100,000 people will eventually be displaced by the project, which is part of Beijing’s key infrastructure investment program aimed at boosting economic growth and relieving poverty in China’s lagging western regions.

Villagers have kept up an angry and vocal protest, but according to a company announcement, the third phase of the Dadu project at Pubugou is scheduled to begin operation any day now.

‘Dead of night’

“By about 10 p.m. there were a few hundred [residents] surrounded by them,” Hanyuan resident Cao said.

“The Chinese Communist Party is supposed to be stout-hearted and honest. How come they are doing things in the dead of night?”

He said the demolition work went on until around 5 a.m. Sunday.

“They demolished one house,” Cao said.

“They were at work until dawn. They said it had to be demolished.”

He said the evicted family had nowhere else to go, and were now living in a tent on the mountainside.

A second Hanyuan resident surnamed Bai said the government was behaving unreasonably.

“They don’t listen to reason and they don’t even follow their own policies,” Bai said.

After the last violent standoff in 2004, the central government ordered more compensation for relocating residents from 320 yuan (U.S. $38) per square meter of living space to 428 yuan (U.S. $51), according to local media reports.( Radio Free Asia)

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Home Demolished for World Expo, Shanghai Petitioners Seek Just Compensation

Posted by Author on April 3, 2010


Human Rights in China, Apr. 1, 2010-

As Shanghai authorities prepare for the World Expo, scheduled to begin on May 1 this year, the five-year ordeal of Hu Yan (胡燕)  and her family – whose ancestral home was demolished without the family’s consent – illustrates the strong-arm tactics of the authorities when it comes to official requisition of residential land for the World Expo. During the past five years, Hu and her husband Jiang Bin (姜斌) were the objects of official coercion, threats, and detention as they tried to petition their case to the authorities.

Hu Yan traveled to New York from Shanghai in February this year, leaving behind her family, including her infant daughter, so that she can bring her story to the attention of the international media.

Hu Yan told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that in 2004, she received notification that the small ancestral family home where she, her husband Jiang Bin, and her mother Chen Jufang (陈菊芳) were residing fell within the area selected for the site of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo and would be requisitioned. They were among the some 28,000 people who would eventually be relocated to make way for the World Expo. Situated at 13 West Chenjiazhai, Yaohua Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, the house measured at 14 square meters – about 10 feet by 15 feet.

The World Expo Relocation Policy for the Pudong New District provides for compensation to those who have ownership of or the “right to use” the property, or have their hukou registered at the location.

Hu and her mother had their hukou registration at the location, but Hu’s husband and father did not. According to Hu, her father has been living and working in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since he responded to the government’s call to help develop the region decades earlier, but plans to retire soon and come to live with his family in Shanghai. Hu and her mother feel that the family is entitled to compensation for four people, not two.

The two sides were unable to reach an agreement. On December 29, 2005, the Pudong New District authorities forcibly demolished the home of Hu Yan’s family when no one was present.

During the negotiation that lasted from mid to late 2005, the authorities put great pressure on Hu Yan and her mother to sign an agreement for demolition and relocation as soon as possible. Officials at the Pudong New District Gongli Hospital – Hu Yan’s work unit – including the director and the party committee secretary, threatened her with dismissal if she didn’t sign the agreement. The head of the workers’ union told her, “There is no rule of law to speak of in our country; the organization decides everything.” The hospital kept up the pressure in the two years that followed the demolition: Hu was denied bonuses and promotion. Under strain, Hu Yan even attempted suicide…….(More details from Human Rights in China)

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Photo: Forced demolition in China

Posted by Author on March 15, 2010


Police supervise a forced demolition in eastern China's Pingdu city, Shandong province. (Rights Protection Net)

Armed police supervise a forced demolition in eastern China's Pingdu city, Shandong province. (Rights Protection Net)

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20 China artists protest in Beijing Tiananmen over demolition: report

Posted by Author on February 23, 2010


AFP, Feb. 22, 2010-

BEIJING — About 20 Chinese artists including outspoken activist Ai Weiwei protested in central Beijing over the demolition of an art zone in the east of the capital, state media and a rights group said Tuesday.

The protest on Monday came amid simmering anger in China over land seizures, which have often involved corrupt officials keen to secure real estate profits as the country’s property market booms.

The artists marched on Chang’An Avenue, one of Beijing’s main thoroughfares that passes by Tiananmen Square, scene of the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations that ended in a bloody crackdown, media reports and rights activists said.

They carried posters reading “Civil Rights!” and “Capital Beijing, brutal demolition!”, which were confiscated by police, the state Global Times newspaper reported.

The protesters attempted to reach Tiananmen Square, the heart of political power in China, but were stopped by police about two kilometres (one mile) away, it said.

The artists decried what they called “assaults by thugs hired by local authorities” to force them out of the complex, and said their land contracts were still valid.

The government and land developers have said the artists need to move out to make way for redevelopment of the area.

An investigation has been launched into nine assaults allegedly carried out early Monday when the artists tried to prevent dozens of masked men from destroying their studios, the report said.

One Japanese national, identified as Satoshi Iwama, needed five stitches for a head wound, according to the Global Times and the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), an activist network.

Local officials denied any involvement in the purported beatings……. (more details from AFP)

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Elderly Man Self-immolates to Protest Forced Relocation in South China

Posted by Author on February 4, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, Feb 3, 2010-

68-year old Zeng Huanjia of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province poured gasoline over himself and set himself on fire in front of his home on Yingbin Road,

68-year old Zeng Huanjia of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province poured gasoline over himself and set himself on fire in front of his home on Yingbin Road,

At about 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2010, 68-year old Zeng Huanjia of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province poured gasoline over himself and set himself on fire in front of his home on Yingbin Road, causing extensive burns. He was sent to Shanghai Reijin Hospital for treatment and his condition is still critical.

At about 3:00 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2010, three policemen from the local public security bureau came to subpoena Zeng Huanjia’s eldest son, who was not at home. They met Zeng Huanjia who had just come home. The policemen stopped him at the door and told him: “If your son does not show up, we will force him to go.” Zeng did not want to accept the subpoena notice, so he said: “you are pushing me to death.” Then he ran out into the road and set himself on fire.

Policemen Standby without Helping

Mrs. Sun, Zeng’s neighbor, told The Epoch Times: “I was at home when I heard screams outside. We went out and saw him on fire. There were many people surrounding him. I called 110 (emergency number) for help. I was shaking.”

Mr. Shang, Zeng Huanjia’s son-in-law, said, “When Zeng’s youngest son went out, Zeng was already on fire. He yelled for help, so four of us rushed out to extinguish the fire. The three policemen were watching from behind. It took us a while to put out the fire, about 30 minutes. Later one of the policemen who had just graduated from school got a fire extinguisher. The other two stood aside and stole the subpoena notice that was left at our home.”….. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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70-year-old Property Rights Advocate Sentenced 2-Year for of Possessing State Secrets

Posted by Author on November 7, 2009


Human Rights in China, November 06, 2009 –

On November 6, 2009, in a closed trial, a local court in Zhejiang Province sentenced a 70-year-old petitioner, Lin Dagang (林大刚), to two years in prison for illegally possessing state secrets – namely, a document issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (formerly the Ministry of Construction) that in fact had been circulating on the Internet. Lin has been a long-time petitioner and core member of a nationwide group seeking the return of ancestral houses that the government took possession of in 1956.

Lin’s wife, Wang Yuyan (王玉燕), and son, Lin Feng (林峰), told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that the trial in the Jiaojiang District People’s Court in Taizhou lasted about two hours. They were not permitted to attend. They said they waited with other petitioners outside the courtroom and heard Lin vigorously defending himself. According to one of Lin’s lawyers, the judge announced the ruling and sentence orally, and the court will issue a written decision within five days.

Lin is a core member of the Nationwide Property Owners of State-maintained Rental Houses (全国经租房业主), a group seeking the return of what is known as “state-maintained rental houses” (经租房). In 1956, as part of what it called the “socialist transformation” of the country, the Chinese government took over privately-owned houses and began renting them out, giving the original owners 20-40 percent of the rent as compensation. The government stopped paying the owners in 1966, the year the Cultural Revolution began. Since the late 1970s, owners of those houses have been asking for their properties back and have met with resistance.

Lin was first detained on June 11, 2009. The authorities accused him of illegally possessing the “Notice Regarding the Appropriate Handling of ‘State-Maintained Rental Houses,’” a 2006 directive from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development instructing the relevant local and provincial government bureaus to keep these houses as state properties, and to “intensify” the monitoring of petitioners, particularly those organized in groups, so that they can be “controlled.” The directive also states that without permission by the Ministry of Construction and the Party’s Central Propaganda Department, reporting and any interviews on issues relating to the “state-maintained rental houses” are forbidden.

“In 2007, the Chinese legislature adopted the Property Law, which guarantees the protection of private property,” said Sharon Hom, HRIC executive director. “But instead of implementing the law, the authorities are punishing private property owners seeking to assert their rights. This raises serious questions about whose property rights are being protected.”

Human Rights in China

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China: Shanghai Rights Activist Beaten and Detained Following Protest

Posted by Author on October 30, 2009


Human Rights in China, October 29, 2009 –

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shen Peilan (沈佩兰), a Shanghai-based forced-evictions petitioner, has been detained. Shen’s husband, Cai Jingcheng(蔡净成), told HRIC that Shen was taken away from their home at 3:00 p.m. on October 29 by officers from the public security bureau of Maqiao Township in Pudong New Area, Shanghai. Based on information provided by Shen before her detention, she was beaten by police officers on October 27 when she went to visit rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠). Shen had participated in a rally on Nanjing Road in Shanghai on October 23, 2009, to protest the conviction of another Shanghai petitioner, Duan Chunfang (段春芳), who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Prior to that, just before October 1, Shen went to Beijing.

Cai told HRIC that the police at Maqiao Township public security bureau said that Shen is forbidden to go to Beijing, and that she was being detained for ten days for “disturbing public order.” Cai said that the police refused to give him any official documentation regarding the detention. …… (more from Human Rights in China)

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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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UN Official Taken into Custody by China Police for Forced Evictions Investigation

Posted by Author on August 22, 2009


By Helena Zhu & Grace Wu, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 22, 2009 –

A UN official and those accompanying him were taken into police custody in Jianggan District of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province on the morning of Aug. 20, according to several Chinese media reports.

The convener for the United Nations Advisory Group on Forced Evictions, Yves Cabannes, went to the Hangzhou East Rail Station construction area after an international conference in the same city. With him were Eva Pils, an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law, and either two or three Hong Kong university students—Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported two students while Voice of America (VOA) reported three, in their Chinese reports.

The group was investigating reports that more than 20 people were forced out of their homes in the area. The alleged evictees were reported to have been petitioning and protesting since evictions and demolition began, and said they were beaten for their trouble.

There are conflicting reports about how police handled the incident. RFA reported that the group was held in police custody until late in the afternoon, while VOA reported staff at the Hangzhou Foreign Affairs Office saying that the whole procedure was less than two or three hours.

“All of what we did followed proper procedure,” said an unidentified staff member of the Foreign Affairs Office, according to VOA. “The police officers just saw a few foreign individuals taking photos and went ahead to question them and asked for their ID. According to our Documents Management Act, this is a necessary procedure.

“One of them was without ID and two others refused to show their IDs. According to our law, they were obligated to display their IDs to police—this is the norm inside and outside of China. Therefore, the police officers asked them to go to the local police station to explain and show their IDs,” VOA reported the staff member saying.

In a statement sent to VOA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Pils said that she was travelling with a foreign professor who had left his passport in his hotel, and that he was taken to the local police station to be identified. Pils accompanied him to the police station, and she said the problem was solved as soon as he was identified, according to the VOA report.

Part of the statement attributed to Pils contradicted earlier parts of the report, however, as she said that no students were with them.

The Hangzhou municipal government has been accused of collaborating with developers, and using the expansion of the East Railway Station as an excuse for grabbing land, according to the VOA report.

The Epochtimes

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China: Released Shanghai Rights Defenders Recount Cruel Treatments In Prisons

Posted by Author on December 3, 2008


By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff , Dec 2, 2008 –

Shanghai petitioners unite to defend their rights. (The Epoch Times)

Shanghai petitioners unite to defend their rights. (The Epoch Times)

Shanghai rights defenders Ms. Mao Hengfeng, Mr. Du Yangming, and Mr. Tian Baocheng were recently released from prison. They recounted the cruel treatments they suffered in prison.

On Dec. 1, about 150 Shanghai petitioners held a welcome back party in a restaurant for Du Yangming and Tian Baocheng, and Mao Hengfeng, who was released two days before the others. They also mourned the death of another Shanghai rights defender Chen Xiaoming.

Some shouted, “Give me back my home. Give me back my property. We demand democracy and freedom. We oppose the Chinese Communist Party’s fascist dictatorship. We oppose the Chinese Communist Party’s cruel tortures. Down with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”

Ms. Mao Hengfeng was dismissed from the soap factory where she worked in Shanghai in 1988 for refusing to abort her second pregnancy. She has been actively involved in opposing the CCP’s brutal “single child policy” for the past 20 years and has been appealing for this cause for over 10 years.

She was put in a mental hospital against her will three times, kept in detention centers three times, and was in a labor camp for a year and a half. On Jan. 12, 2007, she was again sentenced to serve two years and six months for a prison term. She was released on Nov. 29, 2008.

Ms. Mao endured many cruel tortures in prison and she held hunger strikes three times. She was stripped naked in public everyday for six months for refusing to wear a prison uniform. She was also subjected to different torture methods for over 50 days. She was tied and confined to a bed for over 20 days. She was injected with high dosages of unknown harmful drugs against her will in the hospital.

Mr. Du Yangming, 65, is a long time petitioner after he was forcefully evicted from his home. He was detained three times and sentenced to serve re-education through labor for one year and six months. He was arrested at home on June 2, 2006 and on Dec. 18, 2006, Shanghai’s Zhabei District People’s Court sentenced him to two years and six months in prison.

Mr. Tian Baocheng and his wife Zhang Cuiping were forcefully evicted from their home which is also a retail store in Shanghai’s prosperous Zhabei District. They were imprisoned twice for appealing to authorities in defense of their rights.

On July 8, 2006, Zhang Cuiping was again sentenced to a year and a half in a labor camp, while Tian Baocheng was sentenced to two and half years.

These petitioners are mostly older people who were forcefully evicted from their homes. They have been persisting in their appeals to the authorities to speak out about their rights to no avail.

Some were beaten, detained, sentenced, beaten to death, or died from complications. Some held hunger strikes, or were forced to jump from buildings, or were forced to commit suicide by slitting their wrists. Also, some were forced to become homeless and many families were broken up as a result.

The Epochtimes

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China Rights Activist’s Family Sends Appeal After Beijing Home was Demolished

Posted by Author on November 30, 2008


Human Rights in China, November 24, 2008-

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that, on November 21, 2008, authorities in Beijing’s Xicheng District used a bulldozer to demolish the home of rights defense activist Ni Yulan (倪玉兰), who has been in detention since April 2008 without a trial.

Her husband, Dong Jiqin (董继勤),has been made homeless and has been sleeping in a train station in Beijing since the forced demolition. Dong has asked HRIC to issue an appeal on his behalf (see below), to call public attention to the plight of the family, and for assistance to the family.

According to Dong, the demolished house is the private property lawfully co-owned by Dong’s family. Dong Jiqin and Ni Yulan have legal rights to the property. Because Ni Yulan was a rights defense activist, however, the developers and relevant government department never entered into talks with the family regarding issues of demolition and compensation. The result was an illegal operation, utilizing official power to carry out forced eviction.

Ni Yulan is handicapped and relies on two crutches to walk. She became a rights defender so that she could use the law to defend her own rights and interests. She also helped other petitioners and people who lost their homes to fight for their lawful rights, and was beaten and detained many times by the authorities because of her work.

In April 2008, she was officially arrested on suspicion of “obstructing official business.” She was originally scheduled to be tried on August 4, but the court postponed the trial without explanation. Ni Yulan has been detained in the Beijing Xicheng Detention Center and has suffered beatings and other ill-treatment, which resulted in her poor health.

The appeal letter available on Human Rights in China (HRIC) website

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(phots) China Police Rob Forced Demolition Victim’s Corpse From Family at Hospital

Posted by Author on November 30, 2008


By Gu Xiaohua, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 28, 2008 –

Crime scene, when police tried to take remove the victim’s body. (The Epoch Times)

Crime scene, when police tried to take remove the victim’s body. (The Epoch Times)

To cover-up a death caused by a forced demolition, police went to extremes to abscond with the victim’s corpse from the family in the hospital’s parking lot in eastern China’s Yantai City, Shandong Province. Currently, relatives do not know the whereabouts of the victim’s body.

The victim’s name was Sun Jianjun. His younger brother told The Epoch Times, “My brother was severely beaten on November 25, and he was in critical condition until the morning of November 27. The doctor said his body temperature and blood pressure recovered to normal, but then again, my family were notified that evening at 11:15 p.m. that he passed away after another medical rescue attempt. When I arrived at the hospital, I saw six police in the ward.”

“After the police left around 2:30 a.m. on November 28, I discovered seven police vehicles parked under the hospital building, and another ten arrived about 9:00 a.m. We guessed that police planned to remove my brother’s body, so we called all our relatives to come and lift my brother’s body and walked out the hospital together. Nearly a hundred police suddenly came up, pulled away my family members and relatives, and loaded my brother’s body in a car with plate “Luf8477” and disappeared. Up until now, we still don’t know where my brother’s body is.”

According to The Epoch Times reporter’s investigation, the Yiantan Municipal Police Bureau started a forced demolition with the excuse of building police family apartments. Before the demolition, the developer agreed to compensate the Sun family 1.8 million yuan, but later they cut the compensation to only one-third of the agreed upon amount.

The family head SunSier (the father of the deceased victim) was injured with an axe. (The Epoch Times)

The family head SunSier (the father of the deceased victim) was injured with an axe. (The Epoch Times)

Around 1:00 a.m. on November 25, around 40 people came to Sun’s house to carry out the forced demolition. They first set fire to one of the houses. When the family rushed out to fight the fire, they broke into the house and beat the family; three family members were severely injured and admitted to the hospital.

After the beating, demolition personnel razed the houses using an excavator.

According to the Sun family, they have resisted the forced demolition eight times since this past April, although they had repeatedly reported this to the authorities and local media, nothing happened. Their houses have finally been destroyed plus the cost of one of the son’s lives.

The Epochtimes

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