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Truth and respect needed for children killed in Yunnan landslide

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 October, 2012, 8:30am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 October, 2012, 8:42am

Authorities have released the names of the 18 school children killed yesterday when their school was buried in a landslide. This morning, Beijing-based civil rights lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan weighed in on Sina Weibo on the stark difference between how disasters resulting in loss of life are handled in Hong Kong in comparison to mainland China:

There never has been an independent investigation commission set up for a disaster which has taken place on the mainland.

When a ferry collision left 38 dead, the Hong Kong SAR government lowered flags to half-mast, and stated its intention to set up an independent investigation commission to ascertain the truth behind the accident. If you think about it, had this accident taken place on the mainland, is there any chance flags would be lowered to half-mast? Or that an independent investigation commission would be set up?


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