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Forced evictions rising in China

ESCALATION:Amnesty has called on Beijing to halt all forced evictions, ensure no one is made homeless and prosecute those who use violence during evictions

AP, BEIJING

Amnesty said one problem is that the Chinese Communist Party continues to promote local officials who deliver economic growth, however it is achieved, and land redevelopment — for roads, factories or housing — is seen as the most direct path to visible results.

“The Chinese authorities must immediately halt all forced evictions. There needs to be an end to the political incentives, tax gains and career advancements that encourage local officials to continue with such illegal practices,” said Nicola Duckworth, Amnesty senior director of research.

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