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Human Right Cesspool: China

November 29, 2008

I do not understand it… for years and years and years, we see the thugs in Beijing killing political dissidents, jailing people who think for themselves and generally thumbing their nose at any semblance of human rights– and we do nothing about it.  I, for one, am perfectly willing to stop buying cheap, defective PRC-manufactured crap.

The PRC (People’s Republic of China) is nothing but a thug-run dictatorship.  I don’t want to hear about the supposed “dictatorship of the proletariate” and I don’t want to hear about supposed “egalitarianism” because neither is desirable nor moral.  Thugs deserve a proper end–one at the point of a gun or a hangman’s noose.  That’s exactly what the teapot dictators in Beijing are.

I’m ashamed of my government’s willful lack of spine when dealing with the PRC.  Then again, I’m TOTALLY in favor of severing all ties with Beijing and moving the American embassy to the REAL China…  The Republic of China is the legitimate government of the Chinese people.

I’m horrified that when I tell people that their green tea was picked using slave labor, they just blank out and do not seem to care.  We, as Americans, are proud of our support of equal rights before the law and of freedom– and we’ve spend trillions of dollars trying to help other peoples gain or maintain freedom– yet we turn a blind eye to the attoricities of the PRC thugs in Beijing.

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http://eriksgoodwin.wordpress.com/2008/11/29/enough-is-enough/

Factory workers occupy an office after smashing equipment during ... 
Factory workers occupy an office after smashing equipment during a protest at the Kaida toy factory in Dongguan of east China’s Guangdong province Tuesday, November 25, 2008. More than 2,000 workers of the Kaida toy factory in Dongguan smashed police vehicles and company offices on Tuesday night in a labor dispute.(AP Photo/Color China Photo)

Nike reports persistent problems at China factories

March 14, 2008

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Nike Inc (NKE.N), the world’s biggest sneaker and sportswear maker, said falsified documents, underage workers and unpaid wages were problems encountered at suppliers in China, despite what experts say is one of the top social compliance regimes in the industry.

A worker holds a Nike shoe at a shopping mall in Jakarta July ...
A worker holds a Nike shoe at a shopping mall in Jakarta July 17, 2007. Nike Inc, the world’s biggest sneaker and sportswear maker, said falsified documents, underage workers and unpaid wages were problems encountered at suppliers in China, despite what experts say is one of the top social compliance regimes in the industry.
(Dadang Tri/Reuters)

The Oregon-based company’s difficulties highlight the deep roots of some of the problems businesses face in manufacturing in China, particularly at a time of sharply rising costs and a stiffening legal environment.

In its first country-specific supply chain report, which it said focused on China because of the upcoming Beijing Olympics, Nike detailed the efforts it has been making to get suppliers to comply with its code of conduct and Chinese law, including a scheme to monitor Olympics-related suppliers this year.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080314/bs_nm/china_nike_dc_2

Human rights questions remain for China

July 25, 2007

HONG KONG, China (CNN) — With a year to go before the 2008 Olympics get under way, questions linger over China’s efforts to improve its human rights record.

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/07/
24/china.promises/index.html?section=cnn_latest