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Orphanage Continued from Page 1 orphanage's wooden dormitory buildings, which date to the 1910s, well-heated and colorfully decorated decorated with pictures of animals and cartoon figures. Children wearing bright clothes without patches or stains played with stuffed animals and blocks while music played from portable stereos. Some children had obvious physical defects, but all appeared well-fed. Former orphanage director, Han Weicheng, strongly denied the report's allegations that he condoned condoned starvation, beat and raped children, sent children who reported on him to mental institutions institutions and embezzled foreign donations donations to the orphanage. Confronted with smuggled photographs, Han said, "It's impossible that such a situation existed while I was director." "I did a lot of things for the handicapped handicapped children," he added. "I never hurt them." The Chinese government has said its investigations have cleared the orphanage of wrongdoing. But when reporters tried to address the issues raised in the report, which focuses on the situation situation from 1988 to 1993, officials frequently dodged the questions, saying they had not read the report and could not respond. Instead, officials portrayed Zhang — the former orphanage staff doctor — as a malcontent who lied about conditions about the orphanage to try to malign Han. Asked why Zhang, who left China China last year and now lives overseas, would continue her campaign against the orphanage abroad, Han said, "If you want an explanation: she is crazy." Han and Shi Derong, director of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau that oversees the orphanage, also suggested that Human Rights Watch had paid Zhang to move to the United States and to supply labricated information. Sidney Jones, executive director of Human Rights Watch-Asia, said Zhang was not paid for her work, although the organization helped her obtain a $5,000 living stipend from a foundation after she left China. "She neither sought nor received money for the information," Jones said from New York. On repeated questioning, Chinese Chinese officials admitted that in 1989 the orphanage's mortality rate rose to about 19 percent — a figure that approximately agrees with the report's estimate of 22,2 percent. They said it was the highest death rate ever at the orphanage, and blamed it on an exceptionally cold winter. Human Rights Watch-Asia agreed that conditions have improved at the orphanage, but said that was only because it has become a major source of babies for childless parents overseas. "The place lias been turned into a- kind of showcase to promote fore-; ign adoptions," Robin Munro, head* of Human Rights Watch's Hong Kong office, said by telephone Sunday. Munro said "cosmetic reforms"at reforms"at the orphanage were carried out in mid-1993, and previously, "it had been almost completely inaccessible." But the human rights group' says' new arrivals are transferred to a" remote institute where the same abuse, neglect and systematic star-" vation continues. No arrangements; '. were made to allow reporters to vis-" it that site. "The high death rates, and the, deliberate neglect and starvation- have not ended. They have just* been shifted sideways to other „.facilities," „.facilities," Munro said Among those other facilities, he^ said, is the so-called Shanghai- Number 2 Social Welfare Institute' on Chonming Island, which is als£>* mentioned in the critical report?' Relations Ruling Continued from Page 1 Channel 4 executive Peter Salmon Salmon said he had no intention of canceling the program. "Channel 4 makes its own prog- raming decisions," Salmon said. "The Chinese government should stop trying to intimidate us." "Return to the Dying Rooms" is a sequel to a television documentary documentary "The Dying Rooms" shown in Britain in June. "The Dying Rooms" alleged China's birth control control program of one child to one family resulted in abandoned children, children, mostly girls or the disabled, being deliberately neglected and often left to die. Two years ago, the Chinese reacted to a BBC news report on labor camps and an unflattering television documentary about Mao Tse-tung by jamming BBC World Service radio programs beamed to China. Continued from Page 1 The 9th Circuit court reversed that ruling. The appeals court said the Endangered Species Act implicitly implicitly exempts from NEPA "the secretary's secretary's decision to designate a habit for an endangered or threatened species." In the appeal acted on today, lawyers for Douglas County said six other federal appeals courts have issued decisions that conflict with the 9th Circuit court's interpretation interpretation of the Endangered Species Species Act, The appeal said that "thousands of agency decisions may now be vulnerable to NEPA avoidance" — at least within the nine Western states that comprise the 9th Judicial Circuit. Clinton administration lawyers urged the justices to reject the county's appeal, They said the appeals court decision "offers no incentive to other agencies imple^i menting different statutory; schemes to seek to avoid com-^ pliance with NEPA," *' The nation's highest court last* concerned itself with the fate of the' spotted owl last June. It ruled that* the government can ban destruo' tion of the natural homes of endan-! gered or threatened species on pri-' vate property. "«-J The case acted on today is Dou*' glas County vs. Babbitt, 95-371*,! Vr. 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  1. Ukiah Daily Journal,
  2. 08 Jan 1996, Mon,
  3. Page 8

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