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, June 13, 2005

June 11-13, 2005

Top news of the day

Parents weep for a lost generation of village children
SCMP, June 13, 2005
Parents who lost their children in the flash flood on last Friday in Shalan, Heilongjiang, accused Ningan city government of failing to react to the tragedy timely, which led to nearly a hundred deaths of students and teachers, and covering up the death toll of the flood. According to one of the villagers, the authority refused their demand for compensation.

Police raid underground churches in Jilin and take away six hundred Christians
Voice of America, June 10, 2005
Police in Jilin raided more than 100 underground churches in the province on May 25. Six hundred Christians, mostly university students and teachers, were taken away for interrogation. Yet, about 100 students remain in police detention at the time of report.


Death Penalty
Ningxia drug traffickers given death sentences
寧夏最大一宗毒品案宣判 兩被告被判死刑和死緩
CRI Online, June 12, 2005

Kidnappers executed for murdering a 15-year-old girl
Legal Daily, June 13, 2005

Detention - Qian Chensu(邵裘德)
US urges the release of Chinese businessman Qian Chensu (邵裘德)
Voice of America, June 10, 2005

Most Shantou hotel fire victims were young karaoke hostesses
SCMP, June 13, 2005

Private territory institutions in China face challenges
Voice of America, June 12, 2005

Government - Governance and accountability
Experts call for tightening control of officials line up as official to citizen ratio reaches 1 to 18
官民比例高达1:18 专家呼吁严控"官员"膨胀", June 13, 2005

Human rights – Bilateral ties
Third Chinese defector details human rights abuses
ABC News Online via China Digital News, June 10, 2005

Canberra's call to consulate over asylum seeker draws fire
SCMP, June 13, 2005

June 4th – EU arms ban
Objections at EU sideline arms embargo decision
SCMP, June 12, 2005

Labour – protests and petitions
Workers at department store stage sit-ins over layoff fears
SCMP, June 11, 2005

Labour-labour union
New regulations allow migrant workers to join trade union announced to ensure the protection of migrant workers’ right
“民工加入工会”实施办法出台 工会接手民工维权
Chinesenewsnet, June 13, 2005

Media – press freedom
Closing of loopholes to further gag media
SCMP, June 11, 2005

Why beaten up journalists in Hubei Daye city?
湖北大冶为何老打记者?, June 13, 2005

Microsoft bans ‘democracy’ for China web users
Financial Times, June 10, 2005

Bomb threat by brothers evicted for Olympics
The Standard, June 13, 2005

Population policy – one-child policy
New incentives to boost girl births
The Standard, June 10, 2005

Public health – HIV Aids
Gov't goes provincial in fight against AIDS
China Daily, June 13, 2005

Religion – Falungong
A little harmony with Falun Gong will go a long way
SCMP, June 13, 2005

Resettlement – forceful eviction
Authorities must curb illegal farmland confiscation
Legal Daily, June 10, 2005

Hubei Dingzhou villagers attacked with six dead after resettlement disputes with state power factory
河北定州村民遭百人襲擊六人死亡 疑因徵地引起
CRI Online, June 13, 2005

Villagers up in arms over land graft probe
SCMP, June 11, 2005

Evicted families rage violent clashes with police in Nanning
南宁强拆血案:公安镇压居民抗击, June 13, 2005