June 15, 2007
Slavery in Shanxi province and the government's response
Recently there has been quite a bit of news about the discovery of enslaved workers at a brick kiln in Shanxi run by the son of the local Party secretary. The China Daily even reprinted a Reuters report (with one excision to downplay the role of the local Party secretary, and no credit given).
Here is an astonishing report of police indifference and collusion in the matter, which appears to be just the tip of an iceberg of widespread kidnapping and enslavement of children. The collusion of local police is not surprising, but even the most cynical will be shocked by the passivity of non-local police.
In response to all this, the government has taken swift measures: not to punish the perpetrators and their enablers, but to make sure that news about it is strictly censored and not allowed to embarrass the authorities.
Thanks to China Digital Times for the tip.
Seeking information about Hsiang Che-chun
I'm looking for information about Hsiang Che-chun (pinyin Xiang Zhejun 向哲浚), who was the Chinese prosecutor in the Tokyo Trials. If you know anything about him, or know of people or resources that might be helpful, please send me an e-mail (dclarke at law dot gwu dot edu) to let me know. Thanks.
June 14, 2007
Guangdong court decides contract case under Hong Kong law
Here's an interesting piece of news: the Intermediate Court of Zhongshan City (中山市) in Guangdong Province recently decided a contract dispute according to Hong Kong law. The report states that this seems to be the first case Chinese courts have decided under Hong Kong law (I don't know how people can really know these things); there is no claim that it's the first case to apply non-PRC law. If anyone knows of such cases and can add a link, please do so in the comments. (Please note that comments, once submitted, don't show up until I approve them; this is an anti-spam measure. You won't see your comment right away, but that doesn't mean you haven't submitted it properly.)
June 12, 2007
HRIC report on state secrets
Human Rights in China has issued a lengthy (almost 300 pages) report on state secrets in China. See the following sources for more information: