Beijing Petitioner’s Dwellings Demolished

What is affected
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 19 September 2007
Region A [ Asia ]
Country China
Location Fengtai District, Beijing

Affected persons

Total 3000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Details Beijing wrecking ball slams into bid for justice.doc
Forced eviction
Land losses

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- Total value
Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Zhou Zhengyi, Chen Liangjun, District Government Officials
Brief narrative The Beijing municipal government has proceeded with plans to demolish a settlement where up to 4,000 citizens petitioning for official redress of grievances reside. The Fengtai District settlement houses some of the tens of thousands of people who travel to the capital every year to lodge petitions with the central authorities in the hope of redressing local corruption and abuses.\r\nHuman Rights Watch received reports that official notices of the looming demolition were posted in the settlement in southern Beijing’s Fengtai District on August 30. The notices stated that all residents must vacate the area by noon on September 19. The notices provided no information regarding possible compensation or relocation assistance. Chinese law requires property developers, or the government departments acting on their behalf, to approach existing residents at each site, whether homeowner or tenants, to advise them of their eviction and negotiate compensation. \r\nThe Toronto Star reports today (Septemeber 20, 2007) that the demolitions have taken place. See attached document for full story.
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