Justice, Tibet style

Updated: 2013-06-27 07:55

By Tang Yue,Wang Huazhong (China Daily)

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Justice, Tibet style

Zhou Yun, left, meets Chen Bo, deputy director of the center. Chen helped Zhou win compensation of 230,000 yuan after he lost a kidney in a work-related accident. [Photo/China Daily]

Labor disputes

According to Chen Bo, deputy director of the center, 70 percent of the cases it deals with are labor disputes.

"There are similar cases all over China - mainly construction workers who haven't been paid for work they've done. Some are from outside Tibet, while others are local farmers or herdsman," said Chen, 45.

As a Han Chinese, Chen believes the Tibetan he acquired during childhood has helped him win the trust of the local people.

"But I don't really care if the people who ask our advice are Han or Tibetan. All people are equal before the law. As a lawyer, my responsibility is simply to defend the rights of every individual."

Zhou Yun has benefited from the center's work. The 37-year-old moved to Lhasa from neighboring Sichuan province on March 19, earning 210 yuan ($34) a day installing equipment in a cement plant.

He lost a kidney in a work-related accident on April 5. Although his boss agreed to pay the surgical fee of 35,000 yuan, he was reluctant to discuss compensation.

Zhou's wife, Gong Yongying, said at the center on May 9: "When I saw all the tubes in my husband's body, I was really terrified and didn't dare think of the future."

Zhou said, "I have no savings to hire a lawyer, but thanks to lawyer Chen's help, I can hold on and fight for what I deserve." He eventually received compensation of 230,000 yuan.