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Interview with Teng Biao, founder of Open Constitution Initiative: the crackdown on Chinese civil society will continue

Teng Biao (滕彪) is a Chinese human right activist and lawyer, president of China Against the Death Penalty, co-founder of the Open Constitution Initiative, and … Read more

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ABUSES IN THE EVICTION PROCESS in China

EVICTION PROCESS in China – “What’s the point if a few of us live well and shut our mouths but the government continues to abuse other citizens, creating more broken families and poverty and pushing people outside the city to give their land to the richest businessmen. Many who seek justice through law face detention and torture in custody. What we ask for is not a personal settlement, but public justice.”
Housing rights advocate Mao Hengfeng

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BACKGROUND: THOUSANDS FACE VIOLENT EVICTION IN CHINA

Even before it took power, the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong established its legitimacy in the countryside through land-to-tiller, mass-mobilization policies intended to break the economic and social control enjoyed by rural elites. The Party redistributed farmland from landlords to peasants in a process frequently marked by violence.

 

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STANDING THEIR GROUND: THOUSANDS FACE VIOLENT EVICTION IN CHINA

VIOLENT EVICTION IN CHINA – “Consultation, negotiation and litigation help little for land issues. Officials collude with businessmen to seize the land in the name of economic development and use land as a mortgage to harm the interests of villagers.”
Lin Zuluan, newly elected leader for Wukan village, Guangdong province

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