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.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

February 24, 2005

Top news of the day

Detention – Wang Mingqing (王明清)
Shanghai Petitioner Wang Mingqing Detained
Human Rights in China, February 23, 2005
According to Human rights in China, a human rights group based in New York and Hong Kong, a Shanghai resident Wang Mingqing (王明清) was placed under administrative detention on February 16 for ‘causing trouble’. The detention is believed to be related to Wang’s persistent petitioning the Chinese authorities over the destruction of his home in an urban redevelopment project.

Public Security Bureau plans to draft new household registration law, submission date for the draft yet to be set
公安部:我国将制定新户籍法 提审日期尚未确定
People’s Daily, February 23, 2005
Deputy Chief of the Public Security Bureau said that the Bureau is preparing for drafting a new household registration law to address issues of accelerating labour mobility and inequality in the society; however, a time-table for submitting the draft has yet to be set.


Mystifying budgets fuel graft, says magazine
SCMP, February 24, 2005

Public fund used in 80% of bribery cases
八成中国行贿者使用公款行贿, February 24, 2005

China's southern boomtown must clean up its act, mayor admits
AFP via, February 24, 2005
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Chinese environmental groups support punishment for projects failing to meet standards
Voice of America, February 23, 2005

3 major rivers heavily polluted, February 23, 2005

China Resettles Hundreds of Thousands from Dam Site
Reuters, Feb 24, 2005
China has resettled about three quarters of the more than 1 million people forced from their homes by the massive Three Gorges Dam project but now must find ways to employ them, officials said on Thursday.

Human rights
US human rights report on China to criticize China’s poor human rights record
讨论:美人权报告将再次指责中国人权状况, February 24, 2005

June 4th – EU arms ban
Schroeder confident EU will lift embargo
SCMP, February 24, 2005

China Arms Embargo Not What It Seems
Associated Press Newswires, 24 February 2005

Europe Wants China Sales But Not Just of Weapons
The New York Times, 24 February 2005
To some critics, Europe's plan to lift its arms embargo on China is simply a way to make sure its weapons makers claim a slice of one of the world's largest military budgets.

June 4th – Prisoners – Zhao Ziyang
Funeral Committee of Zhao Ziyang urges the Communist Party to investigate criminal liabilities for ordering illegal detention of innocent citizens
来稿:敦请审查中共非法拘禁公民赵紫阳的法人犯罪问题, February 24, 2005

Lawyers speak about Lin Mu’s lawsuit against Xian Police over illegal detention
高智晟 刘军国律师谈林牧起诉西安公安局, February 24, 2005

Labour – employment market
Featured article: labour rights protection is fundamental in revolving labour shortages
李强来稿:保障工人的权利才是解决“民工荒”的根本办法, February 24, 2005

Labour – industrial accidents (Fuxin case)
Safety chief faces probe after blast
SCMP, February 24, 2005

Media - Internet
China restates view on international management of Internet
Xinhua News Agency, 24 February 2005

Public Security Bureau to announce regulations to prevent and correct prolong detention
China Youth Daily, February 24, 2005

Protests and petitions
Petitioners Dragged From Gates as China's Leaders Hold Social Justice Meeting
Radio Free Asia, February 23, 2005

Public health – HIV aids
Funding crunch threatens group helping Aids orphans
SCMP, February 24, 2005

UNICEF calls on China to treat AIDS as a general public health issue
Agence France Presse, 24 February 2005

Rural issues – taxation
Tax burden remains on farmers despite agricultural tax scrapped
China Youth Daily, February 24, 2005