Zhou Zhengyi, Chen Liangjun

What is affected
Housing private
Land Private
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 May 2006
Region A [ Asia ]
Country Tibet
Location Zhou Zhengyi, Chen Liangjun

Affected persons

Total 250000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Details Forced Resettlement of Tibetans through Comfortable Housing Program.htm
Forced eviction
Land losses

- Land area (square meters)

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

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Zhou Zhengyi, Chen Liangjun, District Government Officials
Brief narrative

Thu, 05/10/2007 - 4:30pm. Foreign Policy - Carolyn O`Hara

China`s not the first country to bestow a nice-sounding moniker on a bad program (Healthy Forests Initiative, anyone?), but to call the mandatory resettlement of 250,000 Tibetans the Comfortable Housing Program is, shall we say, creative. For the past year, China has forced a quarter of million Tibetans to relocate to cookie-cutter houses (which the Tibetans must pay for themselves) in socialist villages throughout the countryside. Each dwelling, which costs an average of $6,000 despite the fact that the average annual income for a rural Tibetan is around $320, comes complete with a Chinese flag flying on the roof. The forced relocation hasn`t been big news. Chinese state media reported briefly that beaming smiles were fixed on the faces of farmers and herders and foreign journalists are prohibited from entering the region unescorted. McClatchy only managed to score this scoop because the reporter, Tim Johnson, posed as a tourist. China has said that it will allow foreign journalists to travel freely during the Olympics next year. If that includes Tibet, we`ll no doubt see some equally disturbing signs of China`s long policy of strangling Tibetan identity. See attachment for Tim Johnson`s full coverage.

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