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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.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

News Digest: April 20 AEST




China Letter News Digest
A "China Letter" Digest of News items that are too noteworthy to go unnoticed but too numerous to comment on every one.

Tibet News

The Tibetan hunger striker in New York: Day 16: "As the three members of Tibetan Youth Congress continue to sit in an indefinite hunger strike in front of the UN building in New York since 2 April 2004, Tibetans and its supporters from around the world showered their solidarity and support by visiting the spot and organising different activities in their respective areas."

National Post: "VANCOUVER (CP) - Awed silence gave way to laughter Sunday as the Dalai Lama spoke urged his audience of 13,000 to show compassion to others. "

Workers Rights

Made in China 40,000 maimed workers ayear: "In a grim replay of the industrial revolution in the United States and other countries, industrial machinery will crush or sever the arms, hands and fingers of some 40,000 Chinese workers this year, according to government-controlled news media. Some experts privately say the true number is higher."

Law and Order

China's Moral Crisis: "As we look at China, therefore, it's important to remember the magnitude of social and economic changes. This is not a justification of poor morals, but humanity is especially put to the test amid radical changes, such as those China is now experiencing. "

Corruption

Importance of preventing, combating corruption stressed: "Senior Chinese official Wu Guanzheng has emphasized the importance of tightening the efforts to prevent and fight against corruption from its source "

Tiananmen Square Anniversary

China prepares for Tiananmen anniversary. 20/04/2004. ABC News Online: "China has invoked special security measures around Beijing's Tiananmen Square, two months out from the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre."

Human Rights

10 Million protesters in 2003 Radio Free Asia: "More than 10 million people took to China's streets during the course of 2003 as part of a mounting wave of popular protests which is sweeping the country, RFA's Mandarin service reports. "

Mining Industry

Yahoo! News - China's roaring demand for coal exacts steep price in human livesMore than 7,000 mining deaths a year is the steep price China is forced to pay for being the world's top producer and consumer of coal.