The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Friday, October 15, 2004

DAILY NEWS BRIEF FOR October 15, 2004

Top news of the day

Death penalty
Provincial g0overnment’s authority over death0 penalty should be banned
Nanfang Weekly, October 14, 2004

China: Move to reduce executions?
Amnesty International (press release), October 13, 2004

Land policy
Further crackdown on illegal land grabs
SCMP, October 15, 2004


Death penalty
3 kidnappers get death penalty
Xinhuanet, October 15, 2004

Detention – Jiang Yanyong
Jiang Yanyong on house arrest and no access to internet
Chinesenewsnet, October 15, 2004

Labour survey exposes extent of shortage in skilled workers
SCMP, October 15, 2004

Labour departments consider setting guidance wage rate to reflect an appropriate minimum wage level
各劳动部门拟调最低工资标准 发布指导价, October 15, 2004

Labour – Industrial accidents
A hundred Suzhou workers suspect inhaled radioactive pollutants but fail to get help from environment departments
百余工人疑遭放射源污染 苏州环保部门不知所措
Daijiyang, October 15, 2004

Law – Court system

First juvenile court to open in Chengdu
Xinhuanet, October 15, 2004

Media – Censorship
China’s Web Crackdown—Is Porn the Real Target?
Radio Free Asia, October 13, 2004

Wang Dan: the political consequence of government’s repression on petitions
Chinesenewsnet, October 15, 2004

Innocent villager petitions against prolonged detention without success
无辜村民被警方超期羁押 上访50次无人答复, October 14, 2004

Nanjing police use pepper spray to stop gang fights
南京街头40余男子群殴 警方动用辣椒水喷射
Daijiyang, October 15, 2004

The extent of our expectation to President Hu
Mingpao, October 15, 2004


China's one-child policy contributes to trafficking problem
Radio Free Asia, October 14, 2004\

Public health – HIV aids

China vows to find and test all blood plasma sellers to control AIDS
AFP Asia, October 15, 2004

Rural issues - Petitions
3 Anhui farmers: from friends to enemies (Part III)
Chinesenewsnet, October 15, 2004

North Korea
UN Human Rights experts urge China accept “food” refugee
Radio Free Asia, October 15, 2004

Experts analyze Xinjiang’s latest situation
Voice of America, October 15, 2004