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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, April 15, 2004

China Mining: A Culture of Cover Up.

China Mining TragedyThanks once again to Stephen Frost over at Asian Labour News for the following story about another mine death in China.

As Stephen points out the story is not only of importance because it records for all to see another death in China mining's never ending "death conveyor belt" but also for detailing the lengths mine owners and government officials will go to in attempts to cover up mining accidents, especially those that contain elements of illegal or unauthorised activity.

This culture of silence, cover up and corruption, combined with a seeming lack of accountability through the mining industry generally, are the reasons why China's mining death toll, reputed to be upwards of 10,000 per annum, is the highest in the world by all benchmarks.

This atrocious record is not just the result of occasional work safety issues but constitutes the most gross of China's violation of human rights. The Chinese Government knows when it opens it's doors to business each January 1 that during the course of that year it will oversee, by it's knowledge of the situation and it's failure to act, the death and destruction of so many people just as if it directly ordered their destruction.

Every shareholder of any international company that profits from involvement in any way with China's mining industry (other then the providers of mine safety technology and know how) should immediately petition their respective boards to provide a please explain as to their Corporate Ethics. Like wise all foreign Governments should review their positions and bring the necessary weight to bear onto the shoulders of the Chinese to effect immediate and widespread reform of this "criminal" industry.

Linked Article Read Rating: A Must

Asian Labour News: China: Landslide at Fushun opencut mine leaves one dead, one severely injured