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, July 25, 2005

July 23-25, 2005

Top news of the day

Protests and Petitions
China Jails Tianjin Petitioner, Arrests 19 Protesters
Radio Free Asia, 21/07/2005
Zheng Mingfang (張明芳), who had been detained by police for more than 10 months,, was sentenced to prison for two years by a city court in Tianjin after she signed an application for 10,000 people to march in Tiananmen Square last August.


Bilaterals - Other
Envoy's defection puts focus on China espionage: Use of informal informants is widespread tactic
Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2005

North, South Korea meet in Beijing: Delegations arrive before scheduled six-party talks
AP, July 25, 2005

Borders Territories/Issues - Taiwan
CPC general secretary congratulates reelected PFP chairman
Xinhua, July 23, 2005

Borders Territories/Issues - Tibet
'Hands off' isn't enough for Tibet: Dalai Lama stops short of autonomy
San Francisco Chronicle, July 24, 2005

Death Penalty
Kidnappers of county chief sentenced to death
The Beijing News, 25/07/2005

Fukuoka family killer executed in China after appeal fails
Mainichi, July 25, 2005

Detention – Ching Cheong (程翔)
Wife of detained reporter in China denies remarks on his release
AFP via, 25/07/2005

Economic Development
Provinces still waiting for promised prosperity
SCMP, 25/07/2005

Economic Issues
Gains From China's Currency Change Recede on Second Day
Washington Post, July 23, 2005

Make education affordable for all
China Daily, July 23, 2005

Poor Students Must Get Immediate Help
China Daily, July 25, 2005

Environment - Pollution
In China's Dash to Develop, Environment Suffers Severely
Knight Ridder, July 25, 2005

Labor - Disasters
Five detained in mine blast that killed 83
Xinhua, July 24, 2005

Media - Internet
Mainland chat service wants users' real names
SCMP, 25/07/2005

Cyber-worm spies are made in China
AFP, July 25, 2005

Media – Press Freedom
Rural newspaper banned for covering illegal land transfer in rural areas
《农村青年》因揭露非法售地内幕遭封杀, 25/07/2005

Political Dissidents/Organizing - Detention Cases
China still holds British citizen in jail
United Press International, July 24, 2005

Wife of detained reporter in China denies remarks on his release
AFP, July 25, 2005

Population - One-child policy / gender imbalance
Challenges of maternal insurance as gender discrimination remains in big cities like Beijing
男女平等还是重女轻男 北京生育险面临公平困惑, 25/07/2005

Poverty - Urban poverty
Low-cost housing announced to help poor urban families to get decent housing conditions
廉租住房如何办理?中国建设部负责人详细解读, 25/07/2005

Protests and Petitions
Ministry of Agriculture: all of the complaints received have been resolved, a showcase of success of new petitions and complaint system
件件有结果 农业部信访工作切实维护农民利益, 25/07/2005

Chinese Farmers in Dispute With Factory
AP, July 23, 2005

Protests and Petitions / Police - Abuse
Police accused of quashing farmers' pollution protest

Public health
China withholds vital information for tackling deadly bird flu virus
The Telegraph,24/07/2005

300 dead egrets spark bird virus fears in Guangzhou
SCMP, July 25, 2005

Compulsory pre-marital health check-up in NE China creates controversy
Xinhua, July 25, 2005

Death toll from unknown illness rises to 17 in Sichuan
Xinhua, July 25, 2005

Suicide high among China's youth
BBC, July 25, 2005

China Bird-Flu Scare Ends
New York Times, July 25, 2005

Experts pinpoint virus in unknown disease in SW China
Xinhua, July 25, 2005

Public Health - HIV Aids /STDs
Migrants fuel spread of Aids
SCMP, 25/07/2005

Public opinions on China's oppression on AIDS activists
Voice of America,25/07/2005

Medical assistance to roving homeless people
流浪病人被弃救助站外, 谁来医疗救助?, 25/07/2005