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, April 14, 2005

April 14, 2005

Top news of the day

Detention - Adam Briscoe
US NGO worker interrogated in Beijing
Radio Free Asia, April 14, 2005
Adam Briscoe, an American Human Right worker in Beijing was interrogated and detained for six hours by police yesterday. Briscoe was arrested at his office after the police confirmed that he didn’t bring along his passport to work. He was fined and release afterwards.


Death penalty
Supreme People’s Court may setup court of appeal in Beijing to review death penalty cases
最高法可能在北京设复核庭收回死刑复核权, April 14, 2005

Policy direction after returning the power to approve and review death penalty cases to Supreme People’s Court
死刑复核权收回后路向何方 ?
Legal Daily, April 14, 2005

University student sentenced to death for murdering and raping teacher
BeijingNew.coms, April 14, 2005

Food security – GM crops
Greenpeace says GM rice grown in Hubei
SCMP, April 14, 2005

GM rice case to be reviewed, April 14, 2005

Human Rights
Beijing's white paper on rights dismissed
SCMP, April 14, 2005

Rights groups comment on China’s Human Rights White Paper and human rights conditions in China
Voice of America, April 13, 2005

Protecting the rights of ethnic minorities yet to realize, say leading American rights experts
Voice of America, April 13, 2005

June 4th
Tiananmen absent from China's textbooks
SCMP, April 14, 2005

Employment discrimination highlights the lack of legal protections to workers
China Youth Daily, April 14, 2005

Wrongly jailed man freed after 11 years
China Daily, April 14, 2005

Law – legal reform
Forceful confession and evidence taken by force not accept by court as regulations on adopting evidence for criminal cases announced
中国首个刑事证据规范出台 刑讯逼供后可翻供, April 14, 2005

Poverty – income gaps / Rural issues
Farmers' income up; urban-rural gap widens, April 14, 2005

Protests and petitions
Former PLA soldiers rally over retirement benefits
SCMP, April 14, 2005

Local official makes front-pages hundreds of Chinese media for well treating petitioners
People’s Daily, April 14, 2005

Public health – HIV Aids
China arrests 15 in AIDS blood donor scandal
Reuters via, April 14, 2005

Hong Kong - Basic Law
Report: China Considers Amending HK Constitution
China National News, April 14, 2005