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Published on March 19, 2008

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Three Gorges Dam:  Three Gorges Dam Yuen-ching Bellette Lee Department of Political Science University of Chicago Introduction:  Introduction The Yangtze River The Three Gorges Dam project Controversy over the Dam Global boycott: tension between developmentalists and environmentalists Human rights at the Three Gorges – global capital vs. transnational environmental lobby :  Human rights at the Three Gorges – global capital vs. transnational environmental lobby Involvement of western financial companies to raise fund for the $25 billion project Campaign of transnational environmental groups against financing the dam Human rights as the focus of argument 1. Environmental human rights 2. Economic, social and cultural rights – right to water and natural resources 3. Political and civil rights – beating, detention, and imprisonment of demonstrators -- petitioners charged with “disturbing the Three Gorges resettlement” – an inverted logic of justice -- state power and institutions mobilized to quell resistance Human rights at the Three Gorges – national government vs. transnational civil society:  Human rights at the Three Gorges – national government vs. transnational civil society Global environmental lobby: human rights defined upon the natural rights theory rooted in a Euro-American tradition China: define rights upon particular Chinese circumstances – rights of subsistence as primary; economic development is the pre-requisite to all human rights

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