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 31, 2005

April 1, 2005

Top news of the day

Top Guangzhou Hospital Does Roaring Trade in Executed Prisoner Organs
Radio Free Asia, March 31, 2005
Guangzhou Hospitals sold executed prisoner organs for organ transplant operations. Rights groups condemned the practice a violation of prisoners’ rights as families of the prisons are not often informed.

Religion – Christianity
China Arrests Catholic Priest in Crackdown on Underground Churches
Voice of America, March 31, 2005
Chinese authorities have arrested a Catholic priest Zhao Kesun (趙克勛), in Hebei this week. Zhao, believed to be in his mid-70s, was amongst more than 30 priests and other religious practitioners who have been detained in Hebei recently for worshiping in churches that are not sanctioned by the State.


Death penalty
The challenges of returning death penalty review to the Supreme Court
Nangfang Weekend, March 31, 2005

Education - compulsory
China Daily, 1 April 2005

Government – elections
Village self-governance in village as compared to that in the old days
Nanfang Weekend, March 31, 2005

Human rights
Freedom House condemned the world’s six most repressive regimes in the UN Human Rights meeting in Geneva
Radio Free Asia, March 31, 2005

June 4th - arms embargo

Chasing the dragon: It should not have taken American pressure to keep Europe from selling arms to China
The Guardian, 1 April 2005,7369,1444661,00.html

34 new laws in effect on April 1
34部新法今日起开始实施 与百姓生活息息相关, April 1, 2005

Law – legal rights
Huo Qimen’s long march to defend his rights through legal process
Nanfang Weekend, March 31, 2005

Media – Press freedom
Nanfang City News ‘advised’ not to publish sensitive financial news
《南方都市报》禁刊敏感财经消息, April 1, 2005

Media - Internet censorship
Muzzled on Campus; Beijing cracks down on unruly student Web sites.
Newsweek International, 4 April 2005
It was a quiet protest. Over three hours, several hundred students gathered around a monument at the center of Beijing's prestigious Tsing-hua University. They left paper cranes, handwritten notes and flower wreaths.

Virtual Possibilities: China and the Internet: The Genie Is Out of the Chinese Bottle
The Asian Wall Street Journal, April 01, 2005
The fact that millions of Chinese have gathered online to protest Japan's bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council will come as no surprise to anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes on the mainland. Anti-Japanese sentiment permeates all levels of society.

Natural resources and energies – Water
Experts petition the government to revise national standards for drinking waters which has yet to be changed for 20 years
国家饮水标准二十年未变 专家联名上书宜尽早修订
Nanfang Weekend, March 31, 2005

China Turns Back Clock Under New Leaders: Veteran Dissident Liu Binyan
Radio Free Asia, March 30, 2005

Population – urbanization
More than 300m set to make urban move in 15 years
The Standard, April 1, 2005

Public health - HIV/AIDS
China to launch nationwide AIDS reporting system via Internet
People's Daily, April 1, 2005

Society - race
True colours; Reaction to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's Beijing visit suggests judgments based on race and sex are an entrenched part of mainland life
South China Morning Post, 1 April 2005

March 31, 2005

Top news of the day

Religion - Christianity
Exiled Chinese Christians complain to UN over religion persecutions and torture in China
Voice of America, March 30, 2005
Chairman of Christian Society in China testified before UN Human Rights Committee that Christians in China were tortured by the authority for their religious belief. Activists of religious right in China were put under arrests and beat-up by police.


Air Pollution Presents Health Challenge for China's Children
Voice of America, March 30, 2005
Health expert warned that severe air pollution in Beijing might posed threats on children’s health as pollution was the major cause to the growing number of infected acute respiratory patients in the city.

Death penalty
Humanize death penalty
Legal Daily, March 31, 2005

Food security – food safety
Food waste repackaged for unwary consumers
SCMP, March 31, 2005

Pollution effort lacking despite no shortage of cash
AFP via the Standard, March 31, 2005

Abortion illegal after 14 weeks of pregnancy
正常怀孕超14周禁止人流, March 31, 2005

Gender – sexual harassment
71% of Chinese women sexually harassed?
China Daily, March 31, 2005

Gender - marriage
Students in no hurry to marry after ban is lifted
SCMP, March 31, 2005

Gender – reproductive health / Public health
Fertility industry takes off in China; doctors concerned about abuses
AFP via, March 31, 2005

Government – governance and accountability
State media clarifies office to citizen ratio should be 1:197.69
《中国人事报》:我国官民比是1:197.69, March 28, 2005

Human Rights - Human right defenders
China Turns Back Clock Under New Leaders: Veteran Dissident Liu Binyan
Radio Free Asia, March 30, 2005

Human rights – freedom of speech (intellectuals)
Zheng Yichun explains his dismissal
Voice of America, March 30, 2005

June 4th –EU arms ban
Anti-Session Bill gives EU an excuse for not lifting the arm ban, Expert says
專家:中國送給歐盟不解禁藉口, March 31, 2005

Schroeder may defy MPs on ban
SCMP, March 31, 2005

Law – legal reform
“Numbers and quotas” in Chinese Criminal Law
Legal Daily, March 31, 2005

Migrant workers
Interpretation of legal protection to rural migrant workers
Legal Daily, March 31, 2005

Public Health- HIV-AIDS
HIV rate soars in southern China city
China National News, March 31, 2005

China to gather AIDS information on-line
Xinhuanet, March 30, 2005

Rural issues
Causes and preventional measures against rural crimes
Legal Daily, March 31, 2005

A harmonious society is a society ruling by law
Legal Daily, March 31, 2005