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, March 10, 2005

March 11, 2005


Massive corruption in China banks, 50 bln dlrs missing
AP, Friday March 11, 2005
China's banking system is not only awash with debt but loopholes in its supervisory system have allowed 4,000 officials to flee with 50 billion dollars in cash.

Death penalty
Drug Mailer Sentenced to Suspended Death
Shenzhen Daily, March 11, 2005
Chinese Australian Henry Chin, who attempted to mail drugs from Shenzhen to Australia, was given the death penalty with two years' suspension by the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court on Thursday.

Equal opportunities to education: the issues
Nanfang Weekend, March 10, 2005

Environment – water
Clean water needs urgent than ever
China Daily, March 11, 2005

Gender – law / Domestic violence
Draft submission for the Anti-domestic violence law
People’s Daily, March 10, 2005

Submission for the revision of the Regulation on the Protection of Women’s Rights
People’s Daily, March 10, 2005

June 4th - EU arms ban
France Says EU Delegation Will Press China Embargo Issue in Washington
Voice of America, March 11, 2005

Labour – industrial accidents
New mine tragedy amid safety pledges
SCMP, March 11, 2005

Land policy / NPC
Protection of farmers' land rights promised by ministers
SCMP, March 11, 2005

Law – legal reform / NPC
Draft submission for the revision of the Criminal Procedural Law
People’s Daily, March 10, 2005

Draft submission for the revision of the Criminal Law
People’s Daily, March 10, 2005

Media - discussions
BBC Television's Question Time staged a ground-breaking political discussion programme in China
BBC, March 10, 2005
The audience in Shanghai were able to interact with a panel including a government spokesman as well as critical voices.

Police – crime
Juvenile delinquency rate on the rise, March 10, 2005

Population – one-child policy
One-child policy in focus as zero population growth approaches
SCMP, March 11, 2005

Steps to narrow rich-poor gap needed
China Daily, March 11, 2005

Public health
Medicare system called to cover all by 2010, March 10, 2005

Public health – HIV Aids / Law
Officials to be responsible for aids epidemic when regulations on HIV aids prevention announce this year
艾滋病防治条例今年将出台 官员防艾不力将问责, March 11, 2005

CPPCC adviser suggests punishing people who discriminate aids victims
China Youth Online, March 11, 2005

Reforms - population control
Zero Rise Population Likely by 2040
Xinhua News Agency, March 11, 2005
The country's population is likely to stand at 1.5 billion and reach a zero growth by 2040, said a population expert in Beijing yesterday.

Rural issues - poverty
Steps to Narrow Rich-poor Gap Urgently Needed
China Daily, March 11, 2005
"The time is right to harmonize the distorted income distribution system, which has aroused widespread resentment among people from all walks of life," Jing Tiankui told the 2,000-strong political advisers yesterday at a plenary meeting of the 10th National Committee of the CPPCC.

Advisor Says Mothers Needs Learning to Play Their Due Role
Xinhua News Agency, March 11, 2005
A member of China's top political advisory body Friday proposed mothers should
family education for their kids.