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  • Tan Zuoren and wife Wang Qinghua, April 2014 Photo Credit: www.64tianwang.com More photos at: http://www.64tianwang.com/bencandy.php?fid=10&aid=16925
Media reports and information available online indicate that upon his release from prison today, Sichuan environmental activist and writer Tan Zuoren ( 谭作人 ) did not return to his home in Chengdu but was taken by the authorities to an undisclosed location in Chongqing. Tan served a five-year term...
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May 15, 1954 Born in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. 1972–1975 Sent to the countryside in Shimian County, Sichuan Province, as an educated youth. 1975–1978 Studied at Sichuan Medical College. 1978–1989 Worked as a surgeon at a hospital affiliated with the West China University of Medical Sciences. 1989...
Tan Zuoren (谭作人) is a prominent environmental activist and writer from Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Tan is known for compiling a roster of the children who had died in the shoddily-built schoolhouses that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and publishing online a “ Citizens’ Independent...
The easiest thing to do is to write about the severe environmental degradation in China. The broad picture is well-known – intolerable air pollution, sickening water contamination, massive deforestation, creeping desertification, substantial loss of cropland, and drastic reduction in biodiversity...

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