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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

April 20, 2005

Top news of the day

Protests and petitions
Villagers flee after massive rioting
SCMP, April 20, 2005
Villagers of Huaxi are noted leaving their homes for fear of reprisals of the local government after 30,000 villagers participated in a massive riot on April 11, 2005 against severe pollution in the village caused by factories nearby. It is reported that a leading campaigner is still under detention.


Hukou sets the barriers of equal access to education of migrant worker’ children
China Youth Daily, April 20, 2005

Environment - water
Experts warn of water crisis, April 20, 2005

200 million Chinese suffers from occupational disease
Beijing Youth Online, April 20, 2005

Occupational disease should be covered in worker’ compensation insurance
职业病纳入工伤保险, April 20, 2005

Labour – employment market and income
Costs are rising and prices may be next
International Herald Tribunal, April 20, 2005

Labour – working onditions
Workers sorely need a breath of fresh air
China Daily, April 20, 2005

RSF urge the French Prime Minister to pay attention to China’s Press Freedom during his visit to China
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2005

Chinese Media Plays Down Growing Rift With Japan
Radio Free Asia, April 20, 2005

Protests and petitions
Beijing can handle row, cadres assured
SCMP, April 20, 2005

Public health
Strokes to be biggest health burden
SCMP, April 20, 2005

Public health-HIV-Aids
More doctors and officials station in Aids villages in Henan
People Daily, April 20, 3005

Public health - Mental health
16 million people suffered from mental illness in China
我国精神病患者达1600万 成最严重疾病
Beijing Youth Online, April 19, 2005

China criticised of poor human rights progress, UN Committee on Torture and Arbitrary Detention report revealed
联合国人权考察归来,谴责中国人权倒退, April 19, 2005

Hong Kong – Basic Law
Lawyers speak volumes in silent rally
SCMP, April 20, 2005