60% of Tibetans in forced relocation; Russian new radar for anti-missiles

6-27-13   A rights group on June 27 released a report condemning an official Chinese program of forced evictions and resettlement of millions of Tibetans, saying it disrupts Tibetan culture and threatens their livelihoods.
The Communist Party (CCP) has been renovating houses and constructing new ones on a grand-scale since 2006, calling the policy “Comfortable Housing.” By 2012, two million people, which is more than 60 percent of Tibet’s population, have been forced into these homes, according to official records cited by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report. The Party has similarly forced Tibetan herders in Qinghai Province to relocate and quit their nomadic ways.
Party statements say that all rehousing efforts were voluntary and respectful of “the will of the Tibetan farmers and herders.” It said that houses were designed with “ethnic characteristics,” a touch that is meant to represent the cultural sensitivity of the regime.
HRW says that although they do not have evidence that Chinese authorities have physically, forcibly moved Tibetans from their homes, the definition of “forced evictions” under international law can simply mean that the regime didn’t offer Tibetans any other choice.
Inhabitants of houses marked for reconstruction and herders to be resettled are bribed into leaving by what later turn out to be false promises of compensation. They also feel pressured not to oppose what the regime has portrayed as a major political decision, says HRW. “Without an independent judiciary, in practice the law is little other than what officials say it is,” HRW cited the Tibetans as saying; those evicted thus are left with little defense.  http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/136329-forced-relocation-of-millions-of-tibetans-brings-human-rights-scrutiny/
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Voronezh-M radar in Irkutsk Region

Voronezh-M radar in Irkutsk Region
MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti) – The construction of an advanced early missile warning radar will begin on Tuesday in central Russia to enhance the capabilities of the country’s missile defenses, a Defense Ministry spokesman said….Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said after visiting a Voronezh-M radar in Siberia’s Irkutsk Region earlier in August that Russia’s new-generation missile early warning radars are far superior to any similar foreign models.
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