China has launched a study to determine
if human rights have been protected for people resettled to
make way for the world's largest hydropower project under
construction at the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River.
The research is a joint undertaking of the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)and the
Resettlement Affairs Bureau of the Three Gorges Project
Construction Committee under the State Council.
In charge of the research are Long
Yongshu, former vice director of the CASS, Qi Lin, director
of the Resettlement Affairs Bureau and Yu Quanyu, a renowned
Chinese human rights expert.
that the study, to be conducted by resettlement officials
and scholars from CASS, People's University and China
Agricultural University, is aimed to be an objective,
comprehensive analysis and commentary on the human right
status of Three Gorges resettlers.
mammoth hydropower project will involve over one million
resettlers upon completion in 2009. Their human rights
condition has become an issue of international concern since
the project started in 1993.
Researchers will begin field studies in
January next year to collect information from 1,200
families, or about 4,000 resettlers, accounting for 3.3
percent of the total number of people resettled.
The research will be divided into nine
categories including rights and obligations, the rights of
employment, work, culture and education of Three Gorges
The study is expected to be
completed by the end of 2002, when a report with the
findings will be issued.