Every year, 287,000 Chinese commit suicide, equalling 30% of all suicides in the world (1 million each year). The suicide rate in China is 2.3 times the global average. In contrast to other countries, in China, more women than men commit suicide. The reason for committing suicide is mostly intense personal conflicts rather than mental problems, which is the reason for 90% of the suicides in other countries. An increasing number of college students commit suicide in China. The high rate of suicide reflects China’s deteriorating moral values.
Beijing authorities have established police stations at 10 universities. Police will be on patrol 24/7 on campus. Rights activists view it as a move to re-enforce control over college students because students have been demonstrating lately.
The number of college journalism graduates has grown from a few hundred a year in the 1980’s to 30,000 in 2006, while the demand for journalists has held constant. Most college graduates are considered to have low qualifications for being a journalist and face heavy competition in the tough job market.
Official Xinhua News reported on August 23, 2007, that eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of uranium are missing, while four Chinese men are on trial for trying to sell uranium that can be used to make nuclear weapons. The Hong Kong based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy reported Friday August 24, that as many as 20 people may have become ill as a result of contact with the uranium.
On January 1, 2008, a group of democratic activists outside China founded the China Interim Government. The founding document, the Declaration of the China Interim Government, states that the goal of this interim government is to serve as a catalyst for the disintegration of Communist rule in China.
”All political objectives of the China Interim Government can be summarized as follows: dispel Marxist-Leninist ideals; reconstruct China; negate tyranny and establish civil rights; adopt the rule of law; protect human rights, freedom and democracy; create a constitutional government; respect the autonomy of ethnicities; and found a federal republic.”
On December 1, 2007, Future China Forum released a public statement on the preparation for the establishment of the China Interim Government.
Source: Future China Forum, January 1, 2008 http://bbs.futurechinaforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=29497&sid=73748aa720c75e153b77efa287598eac
According to an Observer article on December 25, 2007, starting from 2008,
The article cites the following factors:
· Short-term crisis: The skyrocketing price of resources, coupled with social inequality
· Long-term crisis: A cross-the- board recession, given the constraints of limited land resources
· Crisis of Rule by Man: The one-party political system does not produce people with integrity.
· Justice Crisis: Courts are fatally overrun with corruption.
The article concludes that hope lies with the people. One of the goals of the rights movement will be to put a referendum in the constitution.
Source: Observer Magazine, December 25, 2007. Secret