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, May 05, 2005

May 5, 2005

Top news of the day

Protests and petitions
Five Chinese villagers injured by police in land protest, group says
AP via, May 4, 2005
It is reported that five villagers in southwestern China had been assaulted and detained by Sichun Police for mobilizing over 2,000 villagers to participate in a demonstration, demanding for reasonable compensation for land conscription of the local authority. Local government admitted the confrontation but denied detention of villagers.


Children - Trafficking
Trafficked Uyghur Children May Not See Home Again
Radio Free Asia, May 3, 2005

Detention – Shi Tao (師濤)
Family vows to appeal for Shi Tao’s sentence
Voice of America, May 4, 2005

Detention – Xu Wanping (許萬平)
Police yet to release rights activist Xu Wanping after Xu taken away for interrogation
Dajiyuan, May 5, 2005

Media – Press freedom
Liu Hongbin (刘洪彬) has the right to return to his home country, says Committee to Protect Journalists
Voice of America, May 4, 2005

China’s sweatshops running out of workers
Asia Times Online, May 5, 2005

Labour – Protests
Workers of a shoe factory protest against no time-off on Labour holiday
黄金周假期仍上班 广州台资鞋厂工人抗议
Epoch Times, May 5, 2005

Civil society groups rely on Beijing
Asia Times Online, May 4, 2005

Police - Abuse
Dissident writer Li Guotao (李國濤) beaten up by Shanghai police for attempting to visit friends
李国涛再遭警察毒打,狱委表示强烈关注, May 5, 2005

Protests and Petitions
Protest concerns close Tiananmen
China National News, May 4, 2005

Activists silent in Beijing, but rowdy in Hong Kong
The Japan Times, May 5, 2005