"Robin Munro" is a United Kingdom/British legal scholar, author, and human rights advocate. He received his PhD from the Department of Law, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

From 1989 to 1998, he was the principal People's Republic of China/China researcher and Director of the Hong Kong office of Human Rights Watch, during which he witnessed first-hand the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and their suppression by the government. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Sir Joseph Hotung Senior Research Fellow at the Law Department and Centre of Chinese Studies, University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He also worked for Amnesty International.

Munro is currently the Research Director of the China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong based organization which promotes labor rights in China. He has written on the Political abuse of psychiatry in China/psychiatric abuse of the Falun Gong sect and other groups in China. In 2008 he testified before the United States Congress on the impact of the 2008 Olympic Games on human rights and the rule of law in China

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What they need is some enforcement. More high-level directives from Beijing aren't going to do it.

They're making miners work excessively long shifts. They have too many miners underground.

Major disasters involving heavy loss of life have just shot up. It's in direct correlation to profits and production. They're ignoring safety in the interest of bringing the coal up to the surface.

Then the mine operators might take it seriously.

No one is out there keeping officials' feet to the fire to see that the law is applied. The whole government policy is so heavily slanted toward the investors these days that they've totally lost sight of social justice.

Nobody works in the mine unless they have virtually no other option.

One of the main problems right now is that miners' lives are simply too cheap. The mines don't have to make safety a priority.

If you publicize a problem but do nothing about it, what you produce is compassion fatigue. You get a lot of reports about these disasters, but nothing ever changes. Just publicity by itself is not nearly enough.