How Expropriation of Farmland Happened in Tibet's Amdo Province?
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In 12th July, 2013, there are appeared expropriations of farmland in Tibet’s Amdo Province. According to Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), China appropriates Tibetan farmlands in the name of hydropower projects. What is expropriation? The process of expropriation "occurs when a public agency (for example, the provincial government and its agencies, regional districts, municipalities, school boards and utilities) takes private property for a purpose deemed to be in the public interest". In this case, the farmland in Tibetan province of Amdo be chosen for a purpose deemed to be in the public interest.
According to the Land Administration Law, the village collective owns the land which has the right to use it. But the…show more content…
On the other hand, Plateau continued intense seismic activity, if the earthquake caused the collapse of the dam, it could have disastrous to the downstream neighbors.
When the government wanted to expropriate the farmland for hydropower project, the local people do not believe it. They thought that the government tried to expropriate the land and then sell it to commercial users for a fee. Also, they thought the local government wanted to lower the compensation to farmers so as to gain greater profits when selling the land to the commercial users. In fact, local accounts reported that local Tibetans are facing enormous challenges in freely expressing their grievances. They truly believe that if they told their opinion to the public, the government will revenge.
Farmlands are the way for people to earn money by selling different kinds of crops. When people loss their farmlands, it means they cannot earn money from farming. Their education level is not high and some of them without any education, they feel hard to find another job. In case, loss of farmland which means loss of employment of farmers. Other than farming, they can only find alternative employment in the low-skilled sector. If the Chinese government did not lower the compensation, they may have enough money to find a place to live. But the calculation of the amount of compensation is based on