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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, May 01, 2004

Uighurs suffer copper mine pollution

Xinjiang  Uygur China map"Ethnic minority Uygur residents near the northwestern city of Turpan, in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region are suffering from severe pollution from a nearby copper mine set up under Beijing's much-vaunted western development campaign, RFA's Uyghur service reports. "

Residents who complained to environmental officials about the smoke were criticized and penalized by the government. Some of them even lost their jobs. One journalist got into trouble because of his reporting on the issue, residents said.

This story makes an interesting read from the point of view of the different responses obtained from government officials and public servants as the reporter attempted to verify the story.

In light of the recent chemical gas leak tragedy in Chongging in which 9 people died and 130,000 were forced to evacuate one would have thought this type of report would get better treatment from Chinese officials.

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