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, February 15, 2005

February, 15, 2005

Top news of the day

Labour - Industrial accidents

China Mine Accident Kills More Than 200
Reuters via, February 15, 2005
The death toll of a worse ever gas explosion in a coal mine in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning has risen to 203 since the tragedy occurred on Monday.


Education / poverty
Serious gap in higher education opportunities, February 14, 2005

Government – governance and accountability
New auditing law expects to make public this year
新審計法有望年內出台, February 15, 2005

Law – legal profession
Featured article: Supreme Court to launch investigations against judges involved in 7 types of power abuse activities
特稿:中国最高法院将严查七类法官, February 15, 2005

Law – judicial system
Excerpted article: loopholes of the administration mechanism of Judicial Committee
People's Daily, February 14, 2005

Media - internet
China steps up efforts in closing internet cafes
中国加紧关闭网吧, February 15, 2005

Natural resources – Water
Guangdong only has enough water for half its needs
SCMP, February 15, 2005

Rural issues – rural development
Commentary to China’s latest agricultural policy
Voice of America, February 15, 2005

Hong Kong
Youngsters plan to set up their own NGO
SCMP, February 15, 2005