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Czech-Chinese Investment Forum silent on human rights violations
Czech Republic, action created 26.8.2014
On 28 to 29 August 2014, a Czech-Chinese Business Forum will take place in Prague. This forum will see hundreds of Chinese businessmen and politicians gathering to meet with politicians and businessmen from the Czech Republic and other European countries. The summit will take place in the Prague Castle, and hosted by President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.
China is known as the country where companies are often accused of violating the human rights of their workers and of individuals who live in the local areas where companies operate. Therefore, we consider it inappropriate that the issue of human rights violations is not part of the Forum program. Amnesty International calls on our government leaders to ensure that Czech entrepreneurs who are considering working in China will be adequately informed about the risks that await them in China with regards to human rights violations. Furthermore, we call for the opening of these topics in the context of bilateral relations with Chinese partners.
China is known as a country where companies from around the world have repeatedly faced accusations involving the shared responsibility for the violations of human rights of people working in factories or of people living in areas where these businesses operate. Issues involving mining and infrastructure construction are accompanied by forced evictions from where chemical factories pollute the environment and dramatically increase the incidence of serious diseases.
Problems such as child and forced labor, violation of the basic rules of safety at work, prohibiting the establishment of independent trade unions, violations of the right to adequate wage, the right to rest, family life and many other rights directly linked to production, are seen on a daily basis.
In this year's report by the ITUC, the situation of workers in China is by far the worst (level 5 - no protection or rights). Summary territorial information (STI), which is published for citizens and businesses in the country, contains information about how to behave in public transportation and the issue of human rights, but refers only to a website which presents the Chinese Minister's view of human rights. There is no mention of child labor and problems with safety at work in these factories.