Sunday, March 11, 2007

Amnesty International: The human cost of an economic ‘miracle’

Take a look at this enlightening Amnesty International report to see how China’s migrants are treated – many of them are the labourers working so hard to transform Beijing into a super Olympic City.

Amnesty International: People's Republic of China

Internal migrants: Discrimination and abuse

The human cost of an economic ‘miracle

Tens of millions of migrants are denied rights to adequate health care and housing, and are excluded from the wide array of state benefits available to permanent urban residents.(4) They experience discrimination in the workplace, and are routinely exposed to some of the most exploitative conditions of work. Internal migrants’ insecure legal status, social isolation, sense of cultural inferiority and relative lack of knowledge of their rights leaves them particularly vulnerable, enabling employers to deny their rights with impunity. The children of internal migrants do not have equal access to free, compulsory, education, and many of them have to be left behind in the countryside. (more)

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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