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, August 08, 2005

August 6-8, 2005

Top news of the day

Detention – Chen Shaowen (陈少文)
Dissident writer Chen Shaowen released after serving three years in prison
Peacehall, 08/08/2005
Dissident writer Chen Shaowen(陈少文) was freed on May 5 after serving 3 years in prison for incitement of state security in 2002.

Detention – Feng Bingxian (冯秉先)/ Protests and Petitions
Representative of Shaanbei oil field shareholders arrested
Voice of America, 07/08/2005
Feng Bingxian(冯秉先), a representative of a group of Shannxi oil field shareholders, has been arrested by the Wuhan police on his way to a CCTV interview on May 26. Feng was arrested by the police once last year and warned that he should not "stir up more troubles" again. Feng's son believed that the interview appointment was a "trap" to setup the arrest of his father.


Border Territories/Issues-North Korea
Six parties agree to recess N.Korea talks: China
Reuters, August 6, 2005

Border Territories/Issues-Tibet
Fear on the roof of the world: How China haunts Tibet
The Independent, August 8, 2005

Corruption / Government - Governance and accountability
Beijing fails to reverse flight of corrupt officials
SCMP, 08/08/2005

The cost of reporting corrupted officials in China
Asia Times Online, 06/08/2005

Death Penalty
Haikou court sentence two drug traffickers to death
Legal Daily, 08/08/2005

Leader of a cross-border children trafficking gang sentenced to death
The Beijing News, 08/08/2005

Hefei gang leader executed as High Court uphold death penalty verdict
合肥涉黑第一案終審判決 黑老大胡斌被執行死刑
CRI Online, 06/08/2005

Detention – Ching Cheong (程翔)
Journalists turn up heat in attempt to secure a fair trial
SCMP, 08/08/2005

For more news clippings on Ching Cheong’s case, please go to HRIC Special News Brief on Ching Cheong:

Food Security
Survey: Food safety people's top concern, 08/08/2005

Gender - Domestic violence
Mainland is facing up to the scourge of domestic violence
SCMP, 08/08/2005

Gender – Abuse / Law
Xinjiang court convicts husband of raping wife, setting precedence of rape cases in China
丈夫可成为强奸罪主体 新疆判决婚内强奸案
People's Daily, 08/08/2005

Government - Governance and accountability
Leading researcher in People's University urges for a clear division of governing power between government and mayor
China Youth Daily, 08/08/2005

Unpack the governing power of mayor
China Youth Daily, 08/08/2005

Human Rights
Defector Slams China on Rights Abuses
AP via, 08/08/2005

Hopes fade for 102 trapped in flooded China mine
Reuters, August 8, 2005

Law - Legal reform
People' Procuratorate to be given power to file cases of public interest as proposed in the draft revision of the Civil Procedure Law
The Beijing News, 08/08/2005

Witness testifying in court to be written in the draft revision of the Criminal Procedure Law, as less than 8% of criminal cases with witness presence in court
证人要出庭作证将写进新刑诉法 现出庭率不超8%
People's Daily, 08/08/2005

Law - Legal aid
Over 3,000 legal aid organizations operate in China, showing progress of China's legal aid system
机构逾三千 中国法律援助制度进入发展完善阶段
China News Agency, 07/08/2005

Media - Press freedom/censorship
China Bans Foreign Investors From News Industry
Radio Free Asia, 05/08/2005

Sensitive Beijing a threat to Games
The Australian, August 8, 2005,5

NW forum on population, development opens, 08/08/2005

30th anniversary of China's family planning policy: doing good or bad?
中国计划生育政策三十年正反评价不一, 07/08/2005

Population program "much more than" fertility control, 07/08/2005

Family planning policy saves China 300 mln births
People’s Daily Online, August 8, 2005

Protests and Petitions / Police - Abuse
Survey shows 90% of petition is related to police and public security system
China News Agency, 08/08/2005

What do we know about the petitioners village in Beijing
Voice of America, 05/08/2005

Public Health
Anthrax hits China as pig disease festers
Reuters, August 7, 2005

SARS vaccine approved for clinical study
Xinhua, August 7, 2005

Chinese officials fired for pig disease cover-up
Reuters, August 8, 2005

Religion - Christianity
Chinese priest: we need help to form priests in the official Church
AsiaNews, August 8, 2005

Resettlement - Forceful eviction / Protests and Petitions
Thousands residents in Hubei Daye City surround city government building to show grievances over redevelopment project
不满“撤市建区” 湖北大冶数万抗议者包围当地政府
Radio Free Asia, 07/08/2005

Social Security
Social security fund to increase, 06/08/2005

Society - suicide
Chinese farmer sets off bomb on bus; 23 injured
Reuters, August 8, 2005

Few in Tibet know that Dalai Lama has chosen 11th Panchen Lama as China block information and determine to choose her own
Radio Free Asia, 08/08/2005

Special News Brief on Ching Cheong (May to August 2005)

August 2005

New hopes on release of detained journalist
SCMP, 02/08/2005

Beijing set to charge reporter with spying
SCMP, 04/08/2005

China Charges Reporter With Spying
AP via, 05/08/2005

Reporter's wife still seeking a solution
SCMP, 05/08/2005

Beijing formally charged Ching Cheong with Spying
程翔正式被捕, 05/08/2005

Ching Choeng may be put on trial today
传程翔今开审, 05/08/2005

Accusations are false, says Taiwan
SCMP, 06/08/2005

Ching will be jailed, analysts predict
SCMP, 06/08/2005

Quick trial seen for spy charge reporter
SCMP, 06/08/2005

Demonstrating journalists seek fair trial for Ching
SCMP, 07/08/2005

Journalists turn up heat in attempt to secure a fair trial
SCMP, 08/08/2005

July 2005

Wife of detained journalist said Beijing intend to spread news of Ching Cheong’s release before July 1 to calm public dismay
Radio Free Asia, July 3, 2005

Wife hopes reporter goes free this week
SCMP, 24/07/2005

Wife of detained reporter in China denies remarks on his release
AFP via, 25/07/2005

June 2005

Zong Fengming (宗鳯鳴) vow to publish dialogues with Zhao Ziyang, despite the detention of Ching Cheong
Voice of America, June 1, 2005

Detained Journalist Entrapped by Bogus Promise of Zhao Papers: Zong Fengming
Radio Free Asia, June 1, 2005

HK journalist confessed to spying: Beijing
SCMP, June 1, 2005

I'm ready for the worst, says wife
SCMP, June 1, 2005

Donald Tsang yet to respond to reporter’s wife appeal for help
Apple Daily, June 1, 2005

The Two Faces of China's Leadership
LA Times, June 2, 2005

The statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs implies Ching a spy for Taiwan
多维追击:中国外交部暗示程翔替台湾工作, June 2, 2005

Outcry over arrest puts pressure on mainland
SCMP, June 2, 2005

Detention of HK journalist is mainland's legal affair: officials
SCMP, June 2, 2005

Believe only the hard evidence
SCMP, June 2, 2005

Transparency needed in case of 'spy' journalist
SCMP, June 2, 2005

Open letter reveals Ching’s work relationship with President Hu Jintao
多维追击:妻子公开信爆料程翔为胡锦涛工作, June 3, 2005

Journalist Association urges for fair investigation of Ching Cheong case
Voice of America, June 3, 2005

Legal experts comment on the judicial procedures for Ching Cheong’s case
Voice of America, June 3, 2005

Detained journalist, academic didn't give anything away, say HK contacts
SCMP, June 4, 2005

Reporter under house arrest
SCMP, June 6, 2005

Singapore journalist association urges the release of Ching Cheong
Voice of America, June 8, 2005

Hong Kong media: Ching tells Taiwan China’s bottom line of its Taiwan policy
Radio Free Asia, June 8, 2005

Zhang Hua: to save Ching Cheong, make it high profile or low profile in press?
Apple Daily via, June 9, 2005

Stand up for journalists' rights, Hong Kong
SCMP, June 14, 2005

Wife of Ching Cheong plead the new Chief Executive to pass a petition letter to Beijing leaders
Voice of America, June 21, 2005

Detained journalist saved by boss in earlier brush with officials
SCMP, June 26, 2005

'Truth soon' on detained journalist
SCMP, June 28, 2005

Journalist's wife wary of release rumours
SCMP, June 30, 2005

May 2005

Hong Kong Reporter Being Held By China
The Washington Post, May 30, 2005

Reporter detained over Zhao interviews
SCMP, May 31, 2005