HRIC August Take Action
Say "No" to Forced Evictions
DATE: August 1, 2008
As the Chinese government welcomes athletes and spectators from around the world to Beijing, beautified with a staggering sum of $42 billion, the city is also leaving behind a trail of wrecked homes and evicted residents with inadequate or no compensation for their lost properties.
This month, Human Rights in China highlights the case of 76-year old Shuang Shuying (双淑英). (http://www.ir2008.org) Shuang, an evictions petitioner, house church activist, and outspoken opponent of the Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) system, is currently serving a two-year term as the oldest inmate in Beijing Women's Prison for "intentional damage of public and private property."
In 2002, Shuang saw her home in Beijing demolished to make way for Olympics redevelopment. Having to relocate eight times since, she and her family are among the estimated 3.7 million people who have been forcibly evicted throughout China in the past decade for the sake of development. When she petitioned the government for compensation, she was beaten and detained. As she languishes in prison after protesting her son's detention, her family has suffered repeated harassment. Most recently, on July 2, 2008, her 88-year-old husband, Hua Zaichen, and other family members were tossed out of their home after police forced open their door with an 18 pound iron. In a letter to Human Rights in China, Hua said,
Human Rights in China's online resources relating to Shuang's case include her full profile, information about evictions in China, petitioners in China, and ideas about what you can do.
In the Incorporating Responsibility 2008 Olympics Campaign (http://www.ir2008.org), Human Rights in China has critically addressed some of the human rights challenges that governments, corporations, and other members of the international community need to engage more effectively.
Over the past eight months, Human Rights in China has highlighted the following cases and the human rights challenges related to their detentions:
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