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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.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Officials "Bribed" to Go Straight

The Standard :

China: Official Corruption"Thousands of civil servants in Shenzhen will be ``bribed'' with bonuses of up to two million yuan (HK$1.88 million) in a campaign to stamp out corruption."

With a very novel idea Shenzen in China's Guangdong Province hopes to make the bureaucracy "squeaky clean".

Officials with a clean slate will receive full bonus rates whilst others will have Money deducted according to the number of "demerits" they have against their career.

Another reform to be implemented according to the report will be the promotion of a ``walk before you are pushed'' culture in which senior officials will be expected to resign for administrative failures or public disasters such as harmful accidents.

Apparently the reforms, based on the Hong Kong model, have the blessing of the central government in Beijing which will monitor their progress. If they are successful the reforms will be introduced in other cities across the country.

According to the report Shenzhen has 7,600 civil servants who are paid between 500 yuan and 1,500 yuan a month.

China is recognised as one of the most corrupt nations in the world and corruption has significant effects on human rights in China. The huge mining death toll is put down in part to corrupt officials ignoring safety concerns.

In other areas such as forced home evictions corruption of officials by hungry land developers is apparently rife.

It is vitally important that the central government stamp out corruption and implement more accountable and transparent processes in their sizeable bureaucracy.