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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Former vice governor Guizhou on trial for corruption

People's Daily:

China: Official Corruption"Liu Changgui, former vice governor of the southwestern China's Guizhou Province, was put on trial Wednesday for suspected corruption and owning a huge amount of property he could not account for.

Liu is accused of having accepted bribes totaling 160,000 US dollars between 1995 and 2000 and having another 200,000 US dollars of personal property he could not account for, said a source with the Intermediate People's Court of Zunyi city, where the hearing was held. "

It is good to see that China is actively pursuing it's agenda against official corruption. Corruption of Government officials accounts for a high percentage of the Human Rights violations in China.

Examples are numerous, land appropriations (or misappropriations) resulting in forced evictions where officials accept bribes and graft from Land developers to the detriment of the rights of the people. Another is the "turning a blind eye" to illegal coal mine operations that are responsible for the deaths of thousands of miners every year.

Corruption is rife throughout China's officialdom and the government led by President Hu and Premier Wen have time and time again cited it as one of the major problems facing China today.

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