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.

Monday, April 11, 2005

April 9-11, 2005

Top news of the day

Media – press freedom
Feted editor worries for imprisoned colleagues
SCMP, April 9, 2005
Former editor of Southern Metropolis News Cheng Yizhong (程益中) called for public attention to his imprisoned colleagues, who are serving jail terms on corruption charges, after receiving the UN World Press Freedom Prize 2005 for his commitment to serve the society with conscience. Cheng together with two senior staff at the newspapers were charged for corruption, though the allegations are widely believed to be a smoke screen of the authority’s discontent over the newspapers’ coverage on the SARs cover-up in 2003. Cheng was released after 5 months of detention, when his charge was cleared by court

Protest and petitions
Anti-Japanese Protesters March in China
AP via, April 10, 2005
Thousands of Chinese in Beijing and other major Chinese cities took to the streets on Sunday showing their discontent over the Japanese government.


Death Penalty
The son of senior police official in Gansu sentenced to death with 2 year reprieve for murder
崇信公安局副局长之子被判死缓, April 9, 2005

Government - elections
Self-governance brings prosperity to south China mountainous village
People’s Daily, April 8, 2005

The controversy of She Xianglin (佘祥林) case put the rule of law in question
佘祥林案引出法学争议 法律如何面对冤假错案 (I, II 及 III)
(Part I)
(Part II)
(Part III)

China police under scrutiny for forcing murder confessions from the innocent
Knight Ridder Newspapers via, April 8, 2005

Law – legal aid
Courts exempt poor litigants from lawsuit fees, April 8, 2005

Law- Court System
10,606 People’s jurors elected in 90% of grassroots courts
Legal Daily, April 11, 2005

Prevention of occupational diseases should be an item in auditing the government’s work performance, says expert
专家建议:职业病防治应纳入政府考核目标, April 11, 2005

Police - Abuse
How rigid crowd control measures backfired
SCMP, April 10, 2005

Public health – HIV Aids
Promiscuous young gays raise fresh Aids fears
SCMP, April 11, 2005

China's Henan Sets Up Prison For AIDS Patients
Radio Free Asia, April 6, 2005

Religion - Christianity
Mainland worshippers unite in grief
SCMP, April 9, 2005

Rural issues
Farmers rewarded for the family planning policy, April 9, 2005

Farmers go online to boost rural incomes
China Daily, April 11, 2005

Housing price surge big concern, April 8, 2005

The cover-ups in China’ property market - When will people actually own their home?
中国地产“黑幕”重重 百姓何时“居者有其屋”?
People Daily, April 11, 2005

Tibetan protester arrested during visit by premier
AFP via SCMP, April 11, 2005

Trade, Tibet On Agenda As Chinese PM Visits India
China National News, April 9, 2005

Hong Kong-Basic Law
Basic Law interpretation absolutely essential for HK, nation, says Wen
SCMP, April 11, 2005

China to Settle Constitutional Dispute
AP via, April 10, 2005

Taiwan bans Chinese journalists
BBC news, April 11, 2005