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 17, 2005

March 17, 2005

Top News of the Day
Political dissidents - detention cases
China frees top Uighur prisoner
BBC, March 17, 2005
Rebiya Kadeer, 58, was allowed to leave China for medical treatment in the US, the Dui Hua Foundation said.

Bilaterals - U.S./China

U.S. government decides against offering China rights resolution, officials say
Associated Press Newswires, 17 March 2005
The U.S. government has decided against proposing a U.N. resolution critical of China's human rights policy because of positive steps by Beijing in the past year, United States officials said Thursday.

Homeland Insecurity
New York Times March 17, 2005
When it comes to China, the Bush administration is engaged in one of the greatest acts of unilateral disarmament ever seen in U.S. foreign policy.

Death Penalty
Suspended death term for Beijing official
SCMP, March 17, 2005

23-year-old man sentenced to death for murdering an American in Guangdong
CRI Online, 16 March, 2005

June 4th – EU arms embargo
EU pledges fail to dent US resolve on embargo
SCMP, March 17, 2005

Arms needed 'to end strait standoff'
SCMP, March 17, 2005

China hopes EU has "wisdom" to lift arms ban
Reuters News, 17 March 2005

They Will Call Us Hypocrites
The Wall Street Journal Europe, 17 March 2005
Those European governments that are apparently bent on lifting the European Union's arms embargo against China would be well-advised to take notice of the gathering tide of opposition among legislators on both sides of the Atlantic.,,SB111102657400782014,00.html

Selling arms to China: If Europe has to do it, here's how
International Herald Tribune, March 18, 2005
On many U.S.-European policy differences, whether in the Middle East or Iraq, Americans themselves are divided, and many even share the European view. But on selling arms to China, U.S. public and political opinion is united.

Labour – industrial accidents
6 saved after trapped in Hunan coal mine for 2 days while 28 died in blast in Shanxi
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2005

Labor- Work Conditions
Occupational death on the rise
China Youth Daily, 17 March, 2005

Law- Legal Profession
Appraisals ensure judicial fairness, 16 March, 2005

Media-Press Freedom/Police
Xinhua journalists clash with local police and government officials after they were blocked covering villagers petitioning
新華社記者遭惡警圍-採訪山西村民上訪 地方官員阻撓, 17 March, 2005

Protests and petitions
Leaders' Promises Have Little Impact on China's Petitioners
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2005

Rural issues- Land Policy
Intensifying land reforms to revive agricultural economy, says expert
Fanfan, 16 March, 2005

Exile Tibetans feedback on Dalai’s soften line on Tibetan independence
Voice of America, March 16, 2005