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 22, 2005

February 22, 2005


Death penalty
Chengdu corrupt official sentenced to death for taking bribes totaling 14 million yuan
成都贪官索受贿1400余万一审判死刑, February 22, 2005

Food security – food safety
China strengthens food quality supervision, February 22, 2005

Gender – abuse
Abused woman got a reprieve after convicted of murdering her husband
包头一妇女抗虐杀夫获刑3年缓刑5年, February 21, 2005

Gender – discrimination
25 married daughter in Gansu get back land right after 10 years of lawsuit
甘肃:25名“出嫁女” 10年讨回土地权
People’s Daily, February 18, 2005

June 4th – EU arms ban
Chirac, Bush discuss China arms embargo
SCMP, February 22, 2005

Labour – industrial accidents (Fuxin Case)
Grief-stricken coal city's grim realities
SCMP, February 22, 2005

Labour - industrial accidents
Body of final missing miner found after deadly Chinese coal disaster
AP, February 22, 2005
The body of the last missing miner from a Feb. 14 coal mine explosion in northeast China has been found, bringing the death toll from the disaster to 214, the government said Tuesday.

The grim cost of China's 'economic miracle'
Telegraph, 20/02/2005
With the shock of the newly widowed, Xiao Zhang gabbles about school fees, rent and electricity bills and wonders aloud how she can pay them after yet another mining disaster in China.

State fails to allocate safety funds as China mine toll rises to 214
AFP, February 22, 2005
The government announced a glaring 50 billion yuan (six billion dollar) shortfall in coal mine safety funding as the death toll from a disaster in northeastern China rose to 214, state press said.

Labour – union
Feasibility of forming trade union for rural migrant workers under study
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2005

Legal – legal aid
Voluntary legal aid seen to help poor, February 22, 2005

300,000 people benefited from legal aid last year
去年近30万人受益法律援助, February 22, 2005

Media – internet
Featured article from Wang Dan: bypassing internet blockage to get free access to political and news internet sites
王丹:绕过封锁,自由浏览境外时政网站, February 22, 2005

“Cyber assembly” opens the window for democratic politics in China
People’s Daily, February 22, 2005

China relax control over democracy?
Voice of America, February 21, 2005

Public health
China sticks to its guns in clone wars
SCMP, February 22, 2005

Reform - CCP

China Targets Corrupt Officials In a Battle Against Temptation
Communist Party Has Vowed to Wipe Out Gambling in 2005
Washington Post, February 20, 2005

Rural issues – taxation
Zero agricultural tax burden realized amongst Guangdong farmers
Nanfang Daily, February 22, 2005

WTO / economic development
WTO entry worth US$40b a year, study says
SCMP, February 22, 2005

China expresses "serious concern" over US-Japan statement on Taiwan
AFP, Feb 20, 2005
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing expressed "serious concern" about a US and Japanese statement which described Taiwan as a common security issue amid China's military build-up.