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CRF 2004, No.3 - Human Rights for the Millions

[CRF No.3, 2004 cover]

In the Factories

In Cyberspace

In the Countryside

  • The Diary of a Peasant Advocate
    Legal scholar Yu Meisun describes a day evading Public Security authorities as he seeks to assist peasants appealing to the central authorities over misappropriation of village funds.

  • Modernization and the Peasants of Qingkou Town
    Zhao Yan, a journalist, has drawn official wrath with his muckraking stories about village corruption. This is one of them.

  • Refuge in a Graveyard
    Sociologist Zhang Youjie recounts a panicked phone call from a peasant advocate under pursuit by the authorities.

  • Plumbing a Black Hole of Corruption
    A petition by villagers of Zigong City, Sichuan Province alleges that a clique of local officials has absconded with the funds meant to compensate them for their land.

  • Rule by Terror
    A translated excerpt from Chinese Peasantry: A Survey, by Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao, describing a bloody conflict between corrupt officials and villagers defending their rights.


Regular Features

  • Human Rights in China - Looking Ahead
    A conversation about developments in China and the need for new strategies in pressing for human rights and democratic reform.

  • Cultural Reviews
    In Search of the Soul of Lin Zhao
    Jin Zhong on a new documentary about "China's Joan of Arc."

    Tilting at Windmills
    Tom Kellogg reviews Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China, by Ian Johnson.

    Hope for a Greener China
    Andrea Worden reviews The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future, by Elizabeth Economy.

    The Beastly Poet of China
    Stacy Mosher reviews A Bilingual Edition of Poetry Out of Communist China by Huang Xiang, translated by Andrew G. Emerson.

  • Resource List
  • In Custody
    An Updated List of Imprisoned Labor Activists

  • Prisoner Profile
    Liu Fenggang

  • Action
    What you can do about the issues discussed.

  • Bulletin
    HRIC's activities in May through early August 2004.

  • News Update
  • IR 2008 - Olympic Updates
    An update on contracts and sponsorships for the Beijing Olympics.