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Appeal for 18,000 Shanghai Victims of Forced Eviction by World Expo

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Appeal for 18,000 Shanghai Victims of Forced Eviction by World Expo

Dear UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Dear UN Habitat Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, Dear UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Raquel Rolnik, We urge you to investigate the forced eviction of 18,000 families to make way for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, which is running now through October, and to take action to redress the serious violations of human rights inflicted upon them. The Shanghai Expo’s slogan is ” Better City , Better Life.” This is supposed to represent the common wish of humankind for better living in future urban environments. Yet all of this is lost on the thousands of victims who were forcibly removed from their homes—without compensation or fair notice—in order to make room for the exposition. Many of the evicted have since been detained by the Chinese government. Others are kept...

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Joint NGO Appeal Increases Pressure on UN To Act On Forced Evictions of Chinese Citizens

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 in Forced Eviction, Gong Min Walk 2010, International Relations, News, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Joint NGO Appeal Increases Pressure on UN To Act On Forced Evictions of Chinese Citizens

Washington, D.C. July 13, 2010–  United Nations Watch, the Switzerland based NGO, is leading an  International  joint NGO appeal to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and UN HABITAT executive director, Anna Tibaijuka.  The appeal calls on the United Nations to “investigate the forced eviction of 18,000 families to make way for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai” and to  “take action to redress the serious violations of human rights inflicted upon them.” The appeal coincides with the Sparrow Initiative organized by the Boston based democracy movement, Initiatives for China, and raises the pressure on the United Nations to end its silence on this issue. The Sparrow Initiative is a non violent protest action by victims of forced evictions.  Its members and supporters have written several petitions to the UN. In addition, Sparrow Initiative supporters have held protests in Shanghai, Beijing, Los...

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Central Park Concert Celebrates Forced Eviction of 18,000 Shanghai Families

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Central Park Concert Celebrates Forced Eviction of 18,000 Shanghai Families

Washington, D.C. July 11, 2010–  The July 13 concert in New York’s Central Park, celebrating the Shanghai World Expo, will also celebrate the first 100 days of the Sparrow Initiative, a  protest action by Chinese citizens forcibly evicted from their homes on the property now hosting the Shanghai Expo. Sparrow Initiative demonstrations have been taking place in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as New York.  Sparrow Initiative supporters will be handing out Expo fact sheets to concert goers between 7-8pm at Merchant’s Gate, Central Park (59th Street and 8th Ave.). The effort is organized by Initiatives for China, a Boston-based organization dedicated to facilitating a peaceful transition to democracy in China. “We want the concert attendees to enjoy the concert.  At the same time we want them to realize they are also celebrating the actions of a government that rules with a disdain for its citizens and...

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Disneyland Project in Shanghai Spotlights Forced Evictions in China

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 in Forced Eviction, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Disneyland Project in Shanghai Spotlights Forced Evictions in China

Click Here to Read Original Post from Washington Post By Keith B. Richburg Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, June 19, 2010; A08 SHANGHAI — It took years and all of the family’s life savings, but in 2008, retiree Wang Quanlin finally completed his dream home. It was spacious, two stories with an attic, and had new furnishings inside. Then last fall came an unexpected notice from the Shanghai city government. The entire area had been slated for a new development project — a Disneyland theme park. The Wang family would have to move, and their house would be demolished. The Wangs’ uphill legal battle to stay in their home, or to get what they consider fair compensation, is about to end. The government is set to turn over the land in July for the $3.5 billion Disney project, and...

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Sparrow Action in Beijing

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 in Forced Eviction, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Sparrow Action in Beijing

By: Bi Shiqiang On June 9, carrying a large photo of her late father, Xu Xiaoqi, Beijing resident and retired official reporter, walked to the office of the State Bureau for Letters and Calls accompanied by her mother in a wheelchair. They submitted a petition against their forced eviction, part of the Sparrow Initiative’s protest against the Chinese government’s policy of forced evictions. A founding major general of the People’s Libration Army Xu’s father was a vice president of the Seventh Research Institute of the Defense Ministry. Beginning in 2006, the Seventh Research Institute and Chinese Ship Industry Corporation ordered the eviction of Xu and her mother with what Xu considers unfair compensation. Refusing to move, Xu has been beaten, harassed, and threatened. Her sewage pipe was cut, the high-voltage lines above their house were peeled, and the television...

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Gong Min Walker Disappears In Shanghai

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 in Forced Eviction, Gong Min Walk 2010, International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Gong Min Walker Disappears In Shanghai

Washington, DC,  June 2, 2010. Initiatives for China announced today the disappearance of a man last seen walking past the UN Pavilon at the World Trade Expo in Shanghai, China.  On May 20, Australian citizen, Mr. Zhang Xiaogang entered Mainland China via Hong Kong with the intention of taking a “Gong Min” or citizen walk to protest the Chinese government’s policy of forced evictions. Witnesses in Shanghai report that Zhang was arrested in his hotel after walking past the UN Pavilion on the Expo grounds wearing a T-Shirt with the words in Chinese which said “Gong Min Walk. Support the Sparrow Initiative.”  The Sparrow Initiative is the name for the citizen protest against the Chinese government’s forced evictions of citizens without compensation or due process. Citizens of Shanghai are particularly outraged by the forced eviction of over 18000 families...

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Daughter Of Founding Communist Party General Joins Protest Movement Against Forced Evictions

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 in Forced Eviction, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Daughter Of Founding Communist Party General Joins Protest Movement Against Forced Evictions

Washington, DC, June 1, 2010. Initiatives for China announced today that Ms. Xu Xiaoqi, daughter of one of the founding generals of the CCP, General Xu ZhiZhong, has joined the burgeoning “Sparrow Initiative” protest against the Chinese government’s policy of forced evictions. In an email sent to Initiatives for China president, Yang Jianli, Ms. Xu expressed her frustration with the government’s policy of forcibly evicting residents without due process or compensation (see email below). Like Ms. Xu, many citizens spend years petitioning the government only to face ridicule and further harassment, even jail.  Often forced evictions are engineered in collusion with local developers who bribe officials to clear land for projects. Citizen frustration with this practice erupted to new levels with the open of the world largest international trade exhibition in Shanghai on May 1.  The New York Times...

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