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China’s “Great Global Thinkers” for 2012

As the season of lists gets underway, Foreign Policy has released its ranking of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Fresh from his coronation as GQ magazine’s Rebel of the Year, and leading the Chinese contingent at...

Sweatshop Allegedly Abuses Mentally Ill

Global Times has reported the arrest of a man in Xinjiang who allegedly trafficked slave laborers, many of whom are mentally ill: A total of 11 workers, including eight mentally disabled people, were found to be working in...

Police ‘Bust Chinese Slave-ring’

From BBC News: Police in China have rescued 33 mentally disabled men who were forced to work as slaves at a building site, Chinese media report. The men were said to have been discovered in a filthy 30sq m (320sq ft) room in...

95 Chinese Officials Punished in Forced Labour Scandal – IANS

From IANS, via China National News: China’s forced labour scandal has led to the punishment of 95 officials in north China’s Shanxi province, with some sacked from their party or government posts and others given disciplinary warnings for lax supervision and dereliction of duty. The provincial disciplinary commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) […]

China Tries 26 For Slave Labour - AFP

The second phase in China’s legal response to the Shanxi illegal brick kiln'(ȪëÁ†ñÁ™ë) controversy has begun. From AFP via Yahoo! News: Another 26 people accused of forced labour and brutal conditions in brickyards have gone on trial in China amid a scandal that has outraged the nation, state press said Thursday. The defendants are all […]

Chinese Slave Labour Trial Begins – BBC News

From BBC News: A trial has begun of 12 people who are accused of involvement in a slave labour scandal in illegal mines and brick factories in northern China . Among those who went on trial on Wednesday are kiln boss Wang Bingbing and foreman Heng Tinghan , state news agency Xinhua said. The charges […]

China to Give Workers More Rights – Joseph Kahn and David Barboza

From New York Times: China’s national legislature passed a sweeping new labor law Friday that strengthens protections for workers across its booming economy, rejecting pleas from foreign investors who argued that the measure would reduce China’s appeal as a low-wage, business-friendly industrial base. The new labor contract law, enacted by the Standing Committee of the […]

Brick Slave Portraits – Tan Weishan

Guangzhou photographer Tan Weishan has posted a striking series of photos depicting victims of the Shanxi Brick kilns on his personal blog. In the photo below, Wang Meng recovers after being rescued from the infamous kiln, run by Wang Binbin, that launched the controversy: See the full series here (Warning: Some of the images are […]

Finally Rescued, China’s ‘Slaves’ Detail Their Plight

The Wall Street Journal reporter Gordon Fairclough interviewed one of the victims of the Shanxi Brick Kiln forced labor case and published a detailed story on how Li Yaokai, one of the first abducted children to “give an extended interview to the foreign press”, got kidnapped at Zhengzhou Railway Station and was transported to Shanxi […]

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