» 01/10/2007, 00.00
As the Olympics approach, no schooling for children of migrant workers
In Shanghai, a school for migrant children is shut down and students are dumped in a building without teaching and dining facilities. The authorities turn a deaf ear to requests for an alternative location. Tens of thousands of children in Beijing and Shanghai are left without an education.
Only NGOs take care of migrant children's education
Teachers' passion and donations are the only hope for millions of children neglected by the public school system. Beijing's Xingzhi School shows how difficulty it is to do good for free.
Beijing closes migrant schools in lead-up to Olympics
The government maintained it was closing private schools to "protect" children from "inferior" standards. In reality, it is seeking to "discourage" migrant workers from staying in the capital while the 2008 Olympic Games are on. There is concern about the future of the pupils, who have nowhere else to go to continue their studies.
Child labour used in factories making Olympic merchandise
Trade union alliance slams labour practices that involve 12-year-old children working 15 hours a day for 2 yuan an hour in factories making Olympic merchandise. Working conditions are poor and pay slips are falsified. Companies deny allegations but the IOC says it will look into the matter.
Survival in the forgotten corners of Beijing
In the villages of the capital's suburbs, not yet razed to the ground by bulldozers, migrant workers that make up the population struggle to survive.
Beijing more concerned about pollution than criticism about its human rights record
Yesterday’s pre-Olympic events in Tiananmen Square were full of shows and leaders’ speeches stressing national pride and world solidarity. Major anti-pollution measures are planned for the Games but endurance events might have to be moved. Pro-human rights in China demonstrations take place around the world.
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