Forced Evictions in Shandong Province, Weifang City

The video starts with a reference to China’s property law that was passed in 2007 to protect the rights of – among others – home owners. But in Shandong, Weifang City, Kuiwen District (潍坊市奎文区), the video says, many people lost their homes while being beaten and cursed: the head of the village, reportedly a man named Gao Zhigang (高志刚), wanted to demolish a number of homes, but hadn’t come to agreement with many owners, and with some help from gangs, he seems to be making steady progress now. The video shows the maltreatment of a rural family on May 28. The video includes violence.

According to the BBC’s China correspondent’s blog, they went there and verified some of the information given by the video. Obviously, they didn’t find wide-open doors in the neighbourhood when doing their research. Still, they got some characteristic information: “Of course, we’re scared.”

5 Responses to “Forced Evictions in Shandong Province, Weifang City”

  1. China promised that bringing the Olympics to Beijing would improve human rights – it’s time to deliver.

    Human rights are not political. They’re the basis for all human life – from the right to life and shelter to the right to the freedom of expression and religion. Standing up for human rights is standing up for the values enshrined in the Olympic Charter.


  2. Thanks for your comment, Kim. On which evidence do you base your statement that China’s human rights situation isn’t improving?


  3. Hi Kim,

    The links 1 and 6 ( and actually contain the same article by the same author.
    As for the links taken together, all of them except Link 12 either describe individual cases (just as the one in Shandong I linked to with my post here), or they count lawyers and activists who are known to the international press or NGOs. To qualify the statement that human rights in general have not improved in China, I believe it would take statistics, and a list of criteria.
    Another issue in Link 8 ( is Tibet. I agree that Beijing’s policy on Tibet is a failure and a collective human rights violation in itself, but I would also concede to pro-Beijing ppl that most or all governments would react with security measures and crackdowns – and that in all likelihood, not every measure taken by the authorities is illegal.
    It’s true – the Chinese government’s secretive ways make a fair judgment on its human rights record’s trends no easier. But the same is true for many governments who are less in global focus – and in my books, an accusation needs backups.
    I’d like to add a link here to It is an institutional approach to improve human rights, and although I’m sure local cadres will find ways to neutralise its effects, I’d still say it is a substantial try to improve the rights of China’s citizens.
    China is losing the race for an improved human rights situation?
    Maybe. But I think you need to make a more comprehensive and systematic case to prove that.



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