Ny rapport: Voldelige fordrivelser stiger i Kina
Flere bliver tvunget fra deres jord og hjem i Kina. Det sker fordi lokale myndigheder forsøger at sælge mere jord for at betale gæld, de har opbygget gennem de senere år, skriver Amnesty International i en pressemeddelelse i dag.
LONDON, October 11, 2012: Violent forced evictions in China are on the rise as local authorities seek to offset huge debts by seizing and then selling off land in suspect deals with property developers, Amnesty International said as it urged government action, Amnesty International writes in a press release.
In a new 85-page report, Standing Their Ground, Amnesty International highlights how forced evictions - a longstanding cause of discontent within China - have increased significantly in the past two years in order to clear the way for developments.
Local governments have borrowed huge sums from state banks to finance stimulus projects and now rely on land sales to cover the payments.
This has resulted in deaths, beatings, harassment and imprisonment of residents who have been forced from their homes across the country in both rural and urban areas.
Some were in such despair they set themselves on fire in drastic protests of last resort.
However, China’s ruling Communist Party continues to promote local officials who deliver economic growth, regardless as to how it is achieved. Land re-development, at whatever cost – whether for new roads, factories or residential complexes – is seen as the most direct path to visible results.
“The Chinese authorities must immediately halt all forced evictions. There needs to be an end to the political incentives, tax gains and career advancements that encourage local officials to continue with such illegal practices,” said Nicola Duckworth, Senior Director of Research at Amnesty International.
Of 40 forced evictions that Amnesty International examined in detail as part of the research, nine culminated in the deaths of people protesting or resisting eviction.
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