» 11/12/2010, 00.00
Zhao Lianhai, an unlikely hero for children poisoned by melamine-tainted milk
When he found out that his son was suffering from kidney problems caused by melamine-tainted milk, he quit his job to defend the rights of the victims. He “didn’t want to betray other parents,” his wife said at a time when the government was making generous offers on the condition that he desist. Now she and their children are on hard times, surviving thanks to anonymous donations.
Arrest us, say parents of melamine-tainted milk victims
Zhao Lianhai’s conviction leads to major protest. He was found “guilty” of defending victims’ rights. Chinese authorities appear unwilling to tolerate any form of protest, but parents say they are prepared to do anything to defend their children’s rights.
Hundreds of children still suffering from kidney stones caused by melamine-tainted milk
Privately paid tests show that, three years after the scandal broke, children still suffer from kidney stones, blood in urine and overall poor health. The government has banned hospitals, doctors and lawyers to help families seek compensation.
Man who criticised authorities over tainted milk is convicted
A Chinese court sentences Zhao Lianhai to two and half years in prison for setting up a website to collect information about tainted milk-related dangers. Six children died and an additional 300,000 were poisoned. His crime: “inciting social disorder”.
Chinese government not paying for children sickened by melamine-tainted milk
The authorities had pledged free treatment, but instead parents are forced to pay and denied the right to sue guilty companies.
Milk scandal: closed door trial for seeking justice for sick children
The trial of Zhao Lianhai begins, accused of fomenting unrest because he helped families to seek fair compensation. The toxic milk killed six children and infected more than 300 thousand, but the authorities want to silence debate.
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