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, March 29, 2005

March 25-29, 2005

Top news of the day

Detention – Rebiya Kadeer / Xinjiang
'Your Children Will Be Finished,' China Warned Uyghur Activist Rebiya Kadeer
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2005
Dissident Rebiya Kadeer who has been recently released from jail said that she had been warned not to reveal sensitive information on Xinjiang and stay away from Uyghur; otherwise, her business and her children would be in danger.

Political Dissidents-Banned
Professor sacked after call to delete China's censors
Sydney Morning Herald March 30, 2005
Jiao Guobiao, an associate professor in Beijing University's department of journalism and communications, was effectively sacked from his position earlier this month, according to reports in Hong Kong.


Bilaterals - US/China

Pakistan, Chinese Human Rights Criticized
Associated Press Newswires, 28 March 2005
The State Department renewed its criticism of the human rights records of Pakistan and China on Monday in a report.

Death Penalty
Public throw supports to launch thorough investigation of innocent death penalty case
“聂树斌冤杀案”悬而未决 防“勾兑”公众吁异地调查
Nanfang Weekend, March 24, 2005

Watchdog bares teeth to developers
SCMP, March 26, 2005

Investigation on marriage fraud in Hainan
Nanfang Weekend, March 24, 2005

Human Rights – bilateral ties
Human rights report criticizes Pakistan, China
CNN, March 28, 2005

June 4th – EU arms ban
Chirac reiterates need to lift arms ban
SCMP, March 28, 2005

Japan strongly opposes EU lifting arms ban
Radio Free Asia, March 27, 2005

Labour – industrial accidents
11 people trapped in Datong coal mine
Beijing News, March 29, 2005

Law / corruption
Supreme Court beefs up effort on anti-corruption campaign
最高法院要求推进反腐倡廉工作, March 29, 2005

Law – legal profession
Campaign launched to repair the tainted image of notaries
SCMP, March 26, 2005

Media – internet
Group Protests China's Web Site Crackdown
AP via, March 28, 2005

Petitions and Protests
The Guardian, 28 March 2005 If you were to map an emotional topography of China, the valleys of grief and resentment would run deepest in the rubbish-strewn alleys of Fengtai, near South Beijing railway station.,7369,1446793,00.html

Police reforms put more officers on the beat
SCMP, March 26, 2005

Public health
Lack of rehab staff causes widespread woe, March 29, 2005
There is a short of supply of rehabilitation staff and speech therapists in China to meet the growing demand.

Public health – HIV Aids
Crackdown on illegal blood agencies
SCMP, March 26, 2005
Ministry of Health tightened the control on blood collection scheme to prevent the improper inflection of Aids during blood transmission. 147 illegal blood-collection agencies were under closed and dozens of people were arrested in the past 10 months.

Blood centre sues newspaper over report it spread virus
SCMP, March 28, 2005
Xingtai Blood Center took a Chinese newspaper to court for being wrongful accused of spreading Aids. The newspaper reported that the blood center selling blood products tainted with HIV and punished staff of leaking details of the HIV scare to public.

  • related news:
    HIV whistle-blower still paying the price
    SCMP, March 28, 2005
    Li Qianji, an employee of the Xingtai Blood Center, faced retribution for releasing information of tained blood and plasma sales to reporters.

Reform – social
China Daily, 28 March 2005
The funds invested within an endowment are enough to satisfy the pension needs of retired people in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, according to the Guangzhou Labour and Social Security Bureau.

China: Shenzhen protest highlights frustration among unemployed graduates
World Socialist Web Site, 29 March 2005

Religion / Hong Kong
Bishop Zen starts joint mission to Guangzhou
SCMP, March 29, 2005

Society - Housing
Why prime minister need to concern property market?
Nanfang Weekend, March 24, 2005
In light of an overheating property market, the government is urged to reconsider Public Housing Scheme for the benefits of poor urban residents.

China Daily, 28 March 2005

Thousands Protest In Taiwan
Washington Post, March 27, 2005

Tibetan women oppose Wen visit
SCMP, March 26, 2005

Hong Kong – Basic Law
Ruling on Basic Law hastened
SCMP, March 29, 2005

No children in church, Catholics told
Forum 18 News Service, March 28, 2005