SOURCE: The Conscience Foundation

June 10, 2008 14:40 ET

The Conscience Foundation Announces a Forum on China's Earthquake

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) -


What:           A forum to discuss the Chinese government's management of
                the earthquake in Sichuan

When:           4-6 pm, June 11, 2008

Where:          Room XXII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Contact:        Gisela Chablais - 022-736-9685 (Geneva)
                Shizhong Chen - 001-858-366-5818 (USA)

Background

On May 12, 2008, at around 2 pm, a powerful earthquake hit Sichuan, China. In the following weeks, the Chinese government's rescue efforts won much praise both in China and abroad. This represents a dramatic comeback for the Chinese government, who, just a few months ago, failed to handle a snowstorm. How was it staged? What really happened?

In this forum, the panelists, including an environmentalist and a hydraulic engineer who were in the earthquake area and participate the forum via recorded presentations, will raise some key questions related to the earthquake, including:

--  Whether the government withheld the earthquake forecast;
--  The poor construction quality of schools, which caused a bulk of the
    casualties;
--  That the probable cause of the earthquake was a dam constructed in the
    earthquake area;
--  How local officials took advantage of the earthquake to evacuate
    people in order to appropriate their land;
--  The Chinese government's new regulations that effectively cut off
    access of international media to the earthquake area.
    

The forum, organized by the United Nations Association of San Diego and Interfaith International, will also discuss a possible international investigation of the construction quality of schools in the earthquake area, and a study of safety issues of other dams in China's earthquake zones.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Gisela Chablais
    022-736-9685 (Geneva)
    Shizhong Chen
    001-858-366-5818 (USA)