Target: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei
Goal: To end the forced eviction of Chinese residents and protect against future assault
While not a new idea, the rate and severity of unlawful forced evictions in China has drastically increased over the past two years making it the greatest cause of discontent in the region. For the pursuit of economic growth, local officials are reclaiming rural and urban land and leaving the existing tenants homeless, harassed, arrested, or in some cases even dead. Any compensation offered has been inadequate, and those who resist evacuation are persecuted. These evictions represent a major abuse of power, and there is no telling how far it will go if protective measures are not taken immediately.
International law requires that evicted residents receive both proper consultation and compensation prior to the forced expulsion. However, this is currently not the case in China. Any compensation given has been inadequate and many have been left homeless. Residents are not warned, but rather attacked and brutally beaten out of their homes. A study by Amnesty International found that of 40 cases studies, nine of them resulted in death due to resistance. Local officials are aware of these severe violations of human rights, but they choose to turn a blind eye to reality and police are often nowhere to be found. Beyond this, they continue to receive support from the Communist Party of China, who only focuses on the resulting economic growth of urbanization.
It is vital that these forced evictions come to an urgent halt. Not only is there a need for new legislation that protects the entire population of China, but a new priority placed on the proper implementation of these laws. When the pursuit of monetary gain results in a complete loss of dignity, the need for a change is self-evident. Sign this petition urging Chinese local officials to employ new regulations that will end the forced evictions of residents and ensure adequate safeguards against their abuse.
Dear Mr. Lei,
The current treatment of evicted residents in China is an unlawful and atrocious attack on human rights. While some of these evictions may be necessary for Chinese urbanization, under no circumstances is it appropriate to take advantage of these vulnerable residents for your own benefit. Disputes over forced evictions have encouraged acts of violence and in one case a 20-month year old baby was held hostage until his mother signed an eviction order. These evictions continue to be the primary cause of dissatisfaction in your country, yet they are entirely avoidable. It has been said that the true strength of a nation lies in its people – what is there to say when your people are completely unhappy?
Please take this call of action to heart, and learn to put your own people first. By introducing new legislature that protects the rights of citizens, your entire nation can prosper. Regulations need to apply to the entire population of China, from rural to urban residents, and they need to be enforced.
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