Human Rights Incidents Update
Let’s have a look at today’s human rights events in China.
Three Lawyers Arrested In Hunan
On the morning of Oct. 8, the three immigrant rights lawyers
Hu Linzheng, Long Langben and Luo Qian
were arrested by local state security officers in a reservoir area
of Tuokou County, Hongjiang City, Hunan Province.
Rights group Chinese Human Rights Defenders says
the power plant in Tuokou was constructed by Wuling Group,
an affiliate of China Power Investment Corporation.
Wuling Group had forcibly grabbed land from local peasants
and demolished their homes to construct the power plant,
without completing all legal procedures
or giving enough compensation.
As a result, roughly 100,000 local peasants
have been protesting as their land was seized.
Yang Guixiang and other peasant representatives
have been arrested and given sentences for protesting.
Thousands of Shanghai Petitioners Visit Petition Office
This week has seen yet another large gathering petitioners
when thousands went to the Shanghai Petition Office
on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Around noon, some of them distributed flyers in Renmin Park.
Roughly 50 petitioners from Anhui Province also
joined the event, 18 of whom were petitioning
about economic issues in Shanghai.
A large group of police vehicles and officers had
been guarding around the event.
Six People Protest against Hualian Supermarket
On the morning of Oct. 7, six middle-aged and elderly civilians
protested in front of a Hualian supermarket in
Luoshan County, Xinyang City, Henan Province.
They came wearing chains, which linked each of them together,
and white shirts, on which they had written:
“Hualian supermarket’s false advertising cheats merchants;
it bossed around and assaulted us;
we have lost everything and have nowhere to petition.”
Local Government Threatens 6,000 Teachers after Joint Petition
In Shuangcheng City of Heilongjiang Province, local authorities
have reduced the salaries and forcibly collected the pensions of
6,000 teachers, leaving them struggling to make a living.
The teachers have since petitioned many times
but have received no reply.
On Sept. 21, more than 200 teachers went to
the Harbin Central Inspection Unit
with 6,000 signatures on a petition letter.
The inspection unit told the teachers that they would
get a response within seven business days.
However, the teachers only received an “urgent notice”
from the Shuangcheng government, telling them that
they would be arrested if they petitioned again.
Now teachers are in tearless grief,
but have no channel to voice their complaints.