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.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

February 2, 2005

Top news of the day
Protests and petitions

Many national-level petition offices closed after over 500 police raids petitioners’ accommodation in Beijing
北京500多名警察搜捕访民 关闭信访, February 1, 2005
After police raided petitioners’ accommodation in Beijing last Sunday, in which thousands of petitioners were taken away, petition offices of many government bureaus were suddenly closed.

Public health
2 migrants die, 11 are infected in Guangdong
SCMP, February 2, 2005
The outbreak of bacterial meningitis in China has raised public concerns of the spread when thousands of migrant workers are returning home for the New Year holiday. The anxiety heightened after all cases of meningitis infections were migrant workers.

Authorities defend timing of alert on meningitis outbreak
South China Morning Post, 2 February 2005
Hong Kong and mainland health authorities yesterday insisted an alert on bacterial meningitis had been sent out on time, as questions persisted about whether the vaunted post-Sars disease notification system had been bypassed.


Leaving kids in villages amongst rural migrant workers sparks off concerns on impacts of child development
中国农村父母外乡谋生 儿女寄放乡下现隐忧, February 2, 2005

Abandoned babies and orphans may be given hukou in Beijing under new regulations
北京首次规范孤儿弃婴户口 孤儿弃婴可落户北京, February 2, 2005

Children – abuse (trafficking)
Cover-up of cross-province and cross-country children trafficking in Fujian
福建跨省跨国拐卖70名儿童案黑幕, February 2, 2005

Death penalty
EU welcomes lifting of death sentence on Tibetan monk
Agence France Presse, 2 February 2005
BRUSSELS, Feb 2 (AFP) - The European Union welcomed Wednesday a Chinese court's decision to commute a death sentence against Tibetan monk Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche after an international outcry over his treatment in a fatal bombing case.

Government – governance and accountability
Premier solicits views on govt work report, February 1, 2005

June 4th – arms ban
US House of Representatives plan to propose a bill to stop EU lifting arms embargo on China
美众议院拟提案阻欧盟解除对华武禁, February 2, 2005

Rice wary of EU plan on China arms
Reuters, Feb 2, 2005
Europe could send the wrong signal on human rights in China if it ends an arms embargo imposed after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says.

June 4th – prisoners – Zhao Ziyang (趙紫陽)
Activist detained, beaten on way to Zhao's funeral
SCMP, February 2, 2005

Remembering Zhao Ziyang: Bao Tong's Essay
SCMP, February 2, 2005

Dissidents group sets to organize memorial activities for Zhao in every Chinese province
民运准备在中国各省设立分会纪念赵紫阳, February 1, 2005

Labor – employment market
Laid-offs, graduates key jobless priorities, February 2, 2005

Labor – safety and work conditions
Due concerns given to the rights of Guangdong migrant workers
Radio Free Asia, February 1, 2005

Law - legal reform
Lawmaker's resignation sparks debate on legislature reform in China
Xinhua News Agency, 2 February 2005
The resignation of provincial lawmaker Gao Minglun in east China's Anhui Province last week has sparked a hot debate on the reform of the country's legislatures.

Migrant workers
Feature: a rural worker's trip home
Xinhua News Agency, 2 February 2005
When Bai Guangqin stepped off the overcrowded train at 5:00 am, he had barely covered one third of his trip home.

Population – aging population
Mainland struggles to care for the aged
SCMP, February 2, 2005

Public health
Hainan children queue for jabs
SCMP, February 2, 2005

Drinking water safety top priority: minister, February 2, 2005

Social security
Coverage of China's social security up by big margins in 2004
People’s Daily, February 2, 2005

Social security / labour
Unemployment insurance covers more people, February 1, 2005

Women - rights
China Daily, 2 February 2005
GUANGZHOU: Women's federations have long protected the legal interests of women but in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, the local federation has branched out.

China Pleased as Nepal Shuts Down Offices of Tibetan Exiles
Voice of America, February 1, 2005