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.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

January 7-11, 2005

Top news of the day

Detention – Zhang Lin (張林)

Writers urge to help missing freelance writer Zhang Lin
张林失踪 妻被监控 刘晓波等吁援救, January 10, 2004

June 4th – prisoners Zhao Ziyang (赵紫阳)
Activist: Deposed China Leader in Hospital
AP, January 11, 2005


Cadre kills himself by jumping from hotel
SCMP, January 8, 2005

408 Beijing government officials charged for corruption in 2004
CRI Online, January 9, 2005

Death penalty
Gansu official sentenced to death for corruption amounted to 7 million yuan
CRI Online, January 10, 2005

Draft law encourages more use of renewable energy, January 11, 2005

Law change gives pollution victims redress
SCMP, January 7, 2005

Female detectives told to back off
SCMP, January 8, 2005

1.3b milestone timely symbol of huge gender gap
SCMP, January 7, 2005

Gender – abuse / domestic violence
Prevention measures need as extra-marital affairs often come long with domestic violence
重婚包二奶與家庭暴力相伴而生 須防范懲治並舉, January 9, 2005

Human rights
Featured article: the quest for individual rights – reading “taking rights seriously 《认真对待权利》” in prison
刘晓波:必须争取个人权利──狱中读《认真对待权利》, January 11, 2005

Labour – employment / union
Union to take measures in helping re-employment of Xiagang (下崗) workers
CRI Online, January 9, 2005

Migrant workers
Migrant workers' rights better protected, January 10, 2005

'Make sure migrant workers get paid'
SCMP, January 8, 2005

Police – administrative detention
China denies claims over the links of Mao Hengfeng’s labour camp detention to family planning policy
Radio Free Asia, January 10, 2005

Economists gain influence in the corridors of power
SCMP, January 11, 2005

Population - urbanization
Urbanization may cause geological disasters, January 10, 2005

Poverty standard – a test of social consciousness and government policy
China Youth Daily, January 11, 2005

Poverty – rural poverty (poverty gap)
Action needed now to confront wealth gap, January 11, 2005

Poll: Incomes Up in Urban China

AP, January 10, 2005

Protests and petitions
Courts may be shielded from petitions
SCMP, January 8, 2005

It's curtains for popular Silk Market
SCMP, January 7, 2005

Public health
Only half of nation able to see doctors
SCMP, January 11, 2005

Health system faces up to great challenges, January 10, 2005

Urban doctors to assist rural services, January 10, 2005

Survey adds weight to obesity fears
SCMP, January 8, 2005

China to Make Sex-Selective Abortions a Crime
Reuters via, January 7, 2005

Church prayers may be answered
SCMP, January 8, 2005

Underground church bishop arrested
Voice of America, January 7, 2005