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.

Friday, April 28, 2006

April 28, 2006

Top News of the Day

Human Rights Defenders / Media - Shi Tao (师涛)
香港私隐专员公署受理对雅虎香港侵犯师涛隐私的投诉 (Hong Kong Privacy Commission Formally Files Complaint Against Yahoo! Holdings (HK) for Releasing Shi Tao’s Information to Chinese Government)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

A Hong Kong government privacy commission has formally filed a complaint against Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. for providing the Chinese government with personal information about Shi Tao, which ultimately led to his current 10-year prison sentence. In addition, Reporters Without Borders says it has requested the Chinese government to release Shi Tao on medical parole due to his worsening health condition.

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Family of Jailed Chinese Reporter Fears for His Health
China National News, April 27, 2006


云南破获诱拐贩卖儿童集团 28人获救 (28 Abducted Children Rescued in Yunnan), April 27, 2006

Death Penalty
表哥绑架杀害表弟被判死刑 (Man Gets Death Sentence for Kidnapping and Murdering Cousin)
The Beijing News, April 28, 2006

中国警察打死警察 一审两名被告判死刑 (Two Policemen Sentenced to Death for Killing Fellow Policeman), April 27, 2006

Death Penalty / Case (Government Officials)
河北原外经贸厅副厅长李友灿被执行死刑(Former Trade Official in Hebei Executed for Taking Bribes)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

Economic Development
Incomes Up over 10pc in Urban, Rural Areas
SCMP, April 28, 2006

Education / Law
义务教育法修订草案明确,义务教育是国家必须予以保障的公益性事业 (Draft of Compulsory Education Law Stresses Government's Obligation to Provide Free Education)
Legal Daily, April 28, 2006

Education / Rural Issues
农村义务教育经费新机制遭遇五大新问题 (Five Problems in New Fee Structure of Compulsory Education in Rural Areas)
China Youth Online, April 28, 2006

Environment / Three Gorges
三峡库区八成污水未处理 (80 Percent of Sewage in Three Gorges Area is Left Untreated)
Ming Pao, April 28, 2006

Environment / Olympics
Drivers Face New Ban in Capital's Pollution Battle
SCMP, April 28, 2006

Hong Kong
Scholar Suggests New Change to Basic Law
SCMP, April 28, 2006

Human Rights Defenders / Media -Yang Tianshui (杨天水)
Chinese Internet Writer Charged with Subversion
Reuters (via YahooNews), April 27, 2006

Human Rights Defenders / Bilateral Ties
美众院敦促北京恢复高智晟律师事务所的执业权 (US House of Representatives Urges Beijing to Reinstate Law Firm of Gao Zhisheng)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

保护劳动者权益步伐再快点 (Legislation on Protecting Rights of Workers Picks up Pace)
Legal Daily, April 28, 2006

Labor / Government
知识青年下乡热潮再起 (Surge in Numbers of University Graduates Looking for Work in Rural Areas)
China Youth Daily, April 28, 2006

人大讨论修法保障律师权利 (NPC to Discuss Revising Criminal Procedure Law to Protect Lawyers)
BBC, April 27, 2006

Media / Human Rights Defenders - Wu Hao (吴皓)
记者无国界指责中国当局绑架吴皓 (Reporters Without Borders Accuses China of Kidnapping Wu Hao)
Voice of America, April 27, 2006

North Korea / Bilateral Ties
US Presses China on North Korean Refugees
Voice of America, April 27, 2006

Protests and Petitions
官方留闸不治水 波美水闸仍纷争 (Bomei Sluice Gate Still Under Dispute)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

广东开平千人示威不满倒卖土地与警察推撞 (Thousands of Villagers in Guangdong Clash with Police in Protest over Land Dispute), April 27, 2006

Public Health / Corruption
Crackdown on Medical Firms' Hospital Bribes
SCMP, April 28, 2006

Public Health
China Reports 18th Human Bird Flu Case
Reuters (via YahooNews), April 27, 2006;_ylt=An

福建规定定点医院不得拒收流浪病人 (Fujian Regulation Requires Certain Hospitals to Accept Homeless in Need of Medical Treatment), April 27, 2006

Thursday, April 27, 2006

April 27, 2006


Bilateral Ties
陳日君:台知梵欲「斷交」(Cardinal Joseph Zen: Taiwan Knows the Vatican Wants to Severe Ties)
Wen Wei Po, April 27, 2006

Death Penalty
西安殺人狂肢解9女子 (Three Sentenced to Death for Killing Nine Women)
Ming Pao, April 27, 2006

Human Rights Defenders - Yang Tianshui (杨天水)
异见人士杨天水将以颠覆国家政权罪被起诉 (Activist Yang Tianshui to Be Charged with Subversion)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

Human Rights Defenders - Zheng Yanchung (鄭恩寵)
周正毅下月刑期届满 郑恩宠出狱将继续申诉 (Shanghai Tycoon Zhou Zhengyi to Finish Jail Term Next Month, Activist Lawyer Zheng Enchong to Be Released in June and Vows to Continue Appeal)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

Land Policy
Shanghai to Establish Property Rights Office
SCMP, April 27, 2006

Migrant Workers - Children
讨论:父母外乡打工的留守儿童 (Discussion: Children Left Behind by Parents Who Have Gone to Cities to Work)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

Protests and Petitions
Land-Fight Farmer's Case Delayed
SCMP, April 27, 2006

广东佛山村民再度静坐要求释放维权代表 (Villagers in Foshan, Guangdong Province Petition Again for Release of Their Leaders)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

Tibet - Religion

加拿大藏人社区请求国际帮助寻找班禅喇嘛 (Tibetans in Canada Demand Help from International Community for the Teenage Panchen Lama)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2006

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

April 26, 2006


广东东莞十多名儿童失踪 (More than 10 Children Now Missing in Guangdong), April 26, 2006

Corruption / Law
China Moves to Stem Rampant Money Laundering
AFP (via YahooNews), April 25, 2006

最高检:严惩公务员利用审批等权力索贿受贿 (Supreme People's Procuratorate to Punish Own Officials for Accepting Bribes)
Xinhuanet, April 25, 2006

Education/ Rural Issues
Government Funds 900m USD for Rural Students' Tuition
Xinhuanet, April 26, 2006

Gender / Law
Lawmakers Resume Debate on Sex Identification
Xinhuanet, April 25, 2006

Government / Public Health
Health Ministry Warns Against Cover Ups in Pneumonia Report
Xinhuanet, April 25, 2006

Government Moves to Curb Workplace Accidents
Xinhuanet, April 25, 2006

Land Policy
央视迁址爆征地冲突 (Residents Unhappy with Inadequate Compensation for Resettlement Caused by Construction of CCTV Building)
Ming Pao, April 26, 2006
中国晋江强征土地修电站 (Residents Forced to Relocate to Build Power Station in Jinjiang, Fujian Province)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2006

瞒报谎报安全事故 最高可能获刑7(Draft of Revised Criminal Law Provides for Sentences of Up to 7 Years for Crimes Involving Industrial Accidents)
China Youth Daily, April 26, 2006

聚焦刑法修正案(六) (Highlights of the Revised Criminal Law)
Legal Daily, April 26, 2006

十届全国人大常委会第二十一次会议在京举行 首次审议反洗钱法草案 (NPC’s Standing Committee Proposes Draft of Money Laundering Law)
Legal Daily, April 26, 2006

中国知名博客作家评说博客自律公约 (Well-Known Bloggers Comment on New Blog Self-Censorship Pledge)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2006

China Welcomes Foreign Cooperation on Press and Publication
People's Daily, April 25, 2006

China’s Top Web Sites Pledge Stronger Self-Policing
China National News, April 25, 2006

Migrant Workers / Public Health
Health of Migrants Goes Under Microscope
SCMP, April 26, 2006

Multilateral / State Security
上海合作组织将举行国防部长会议 (Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to Host Conference of Heads of Ministry of National Defense)
Voice of America, April 25, 2006

中国讨论中国改革走势的闭门会议纪要网上曝光 (Outline of Closed Meeting Held by Government Think-Tank in March Released on the Internet)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2006

Protests and Petitions
广西钦州出租客货车司机上访七人被抓 (Seven Guangxi Drivers Detained for Petitioning)
Radio Free Asia, April 26, 2006

Religion / Bilateral Ties
中国称法轮功为反华政治组织 (China Condemns Falun Gong as Anti-China Political Group)
Voice of America, April 26, 2006

China Condemns Falun Gong but Spares U.S. Criticism
Reuters (via YahooNews), April 25, 2006;_

Religion / Police
Falungong Calls on Russia to Denounce 'Organ Trade' in China
AFP (via YahooNews), April 25, 2006

Social Security
China Expands Social Insurance Programs
Xinhuanet, April 25, 2005

藏人要求北京当局释放被囚政治犯 (Tibetans March in Delhi to Urge Beijing to Free Panchen Lama)
Voice of America, April 25, 2006

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

April 25, 2006


Bilateral Ties / Human Rights Defenders
鲁德成批评西方对中国专制统治妥协 (Lu Decheng Criticizes Western Countries for Compromising with China's Dictatorship)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2006

中国地方村干部滥用权力问题严重 (Problems of Power Abuse by Village Cadres Worsens)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2006

北京居委会换届选举禁止拉票竞选 (Campaigning Prohibited in Beijing’s Residential Committee Elections)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2006

Government / Law
李至伦强调严格依法监察 做好行政复议应诉工作 (Ministry of Supervision Holds Training Course to Improve Administrative Review Work), April 24, 2005

Hong Kong
港民主派议员声称电话遭窃听 港府否认 (Hong Kong Pan-Democratic Legco Councilors Claim Their Phones Have Been Tapped), April 25, 2006

Human Rights Defenders / Hu Jia (胡佳)
胡佳因病住院,继续受警方监视 (Hu Jia in Hospital for Medical Treatment, Still Under Police Surveillance)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2006

Human Rights Defenders / Feng Bingxian (冯秉先)
油农代表冯秉先扰乱社会公共秩序罪二审维持原判 (Appeal by Shaanxi Campaigner Feng Bingxian Rejected, 3-Year Sentence for "Disturbing Social Order" Upheld)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2006

Workplace Diseases in Spotlight
Xinhuanet, April 25, 2006

中国今年来已发生35起特大安全生产事故549人死 (35 Large-scale Industrial Accidents Caused 549 Fatalities in First Four Months of 2006), April 24, 2006

Land Policy
Shanghai Defends Mass Relocations for Expo 2010
New York Times, April 24, 2006

中国取缔互联网"不良"内容 (China Bans "Unhealthy" Web Content)
BBC, April 25, 2006

敏感题材艺展被禁 记者网站再次被关 (Over 700 Pieces of Artwork Depicting Mao Zedong, June 4 and Cultural Revolution Banned from Being Exhibited; Web Site of Journalist Wang Ganlin Shut Down)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2006

美人士批评中国严格限制国际新闻 (China Criticized for Restricting International News Coverage)
Voice of America, April 24, 2006

中国净化互联网 关闭六百个论坛 (Over 600 Web Forums Shut Down as China Purges Internet)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2006

Migrant Workers
劳动节,该对农民工的劳动感恩 (Farmers in Chongqing Given Paid Leave for Labor Day)
China Youth Daily, April 25, 2006

Migrant Workers / Public Health
卫生部拟全国调查农民工职业健康状况 (Ministry of Health to Conduct First Survey on Occupational Health of Migrant Workers), April 25, 2006

Migrant Workers to Get Basic Job Healthcare
Xinhuanet, April 24, 2006

Protests and Petitions
非礼殴打村妇激民愤 汕尾官方威胁抓人 (Shanwei Police Harassment of Villagers Continues Months after December Crackdown)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2006

Religion / Protests and Petitions
China's Many Messages to Quell Unrest
The Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 2006

藏人组织吁释放达赖选定之班禅 (Tibetan Rights Groups Urge China to Free Panchen Lama)
Voice of America, April 25, 2006

Monday, April 24, 2006

April 22-24, 2006


Bilateral Ties
陈日君:中梵建交存在最关键的第三条件 (Cardinal Zen: China's Control over Religion Hinders Establishment of China-Vatican Diplomatic Relations), April 24, 2006

China, Vatican Edge Toward Accord
Washington Post, April 23, 2006

Civil Society / Environment
NGOs in Difficulty, Survey Shows
China Daily, April 24, 2006

中国民间环保组织主要数据 (Statistics on Environmental NGOs in China)
China Youth Daily, April 24, 2006

环保民间组织调查:工资是没有的 垫钱是经常的 (Survey Finds Environmental NGOs Always Short of Funds)
Xinhuanet, April 24, 2006

我国首次环保民间组织调查结果发布 近8成环保NGO无合法身份 (First Survey on Environmental NGOs Shows That Nearly 80% Have No Legal Status)
Legal Daily, April 23, 2006

Death Penalty
平江金库大盗被判死缓 (Former Policeman Receives Death Sentence for Larceny)
The Beijing News, April 24, 2006

Economic Development
暮宾:利用税收缓解市场失灵──中国几大税种调整动向 (Tax Reforms to Help Ease Market Imbalance) , April 23, 2006

Mainland Faces Cost and Waste Thicket in Hunt for Clean Energy
The Standard, April 24, 2006

中加投资五十亿元 建设松花江污染治理项目 (China & Canada Invest 5 Billion Yuan to Clean Up Songhua River) , April 23, 2006

新疆建五座风力发电场 风能开发居中国首位 (Five Wind-Powered Generators Built in Xinjiang, First Ever in China), April 23, 2006

一滴自来水的安全悬疑 (Questions over Safety of Tap Water)
Nanfang Weekend, April 20, 2006

中国将逐步形成机制用经济手段控制人口过快增长 (China to Use Economic Policies to Control Internal Migration) , April 22, 2006

Human Rights Defenders / Ching Cheong (程翔)
两曾会见 香港记协提交就程翔案呼吁信 (Hong Kong Journalists’ Association Urge Donald Tsang to Give Letter Urging Fair Treatment of Ching Cheong to China’s Vice President During Meeting)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

19万件意见建言劳动合同法草案 (Over 190,000 Opinion Letters from Public Received So Far Regarding Draft of Labor Contract Law)
Legal Daily, April 24, 2006

Waging War on the Boss
The Standard, April 24, 2006

Justice Remains the Great Brick Wall of China
Financial Times, April 23, 2006

《燎望》:民告官案件大幅增长的背后 (The Reasons Behind the Substantial Increase in Lawsuits Against Government Officials)
Xinhuanet, April 23, 2006

四男孩认罪后真凶出现 (Real Killer Appears after Four Boys Confess to Murders)
Nanfang Weekend, April 20, 2006

北京七家网站遭致书面批评 (Seven Web Sites Receive Written Warnings) , April 23, 2006

四专家评析中国等国审查网上言论 (Four Experts Comment on Internet Censorship in China) , April 22, 2006

Skype Admits to Chinese Censorship
Computer Business Review, April 20, 2006

Migrant Workers
讨论:《中国农民工调研报告》出炉 (Discussion on Release of "Report on China’s Migrant Workers”)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

深圳外来人口逾千万 警力严重不足 (Police Shortage Worsens as Shenzhen’s Migrant Population Soars to 10 Million) , April 22, 2006

Police / Government
听众论中国建立公安信息资源库 (Listeners Discuss China’s Establishment of a Public Security Information Database)
Voice of America, April 21, 2006

Population / Gender
Gender Imbalance 'Matter of Choice'
SCMP , April 24, 2006

China Will Not Change One-Child Policy to Fix Gender Imbalance
AFP (via YahooNews), April 23, 2006

Protests and Petitions / Police
辽宁防暴警镇压学潮,多人受伤 (Liaoning Riot Police Quell Student Boycott, Many Injured) , April 23, 2006

广东佛山警黑齐出动 打压失地维权村民 (Foshan Police Continue to Clash with Villagers over Land Dispute)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

Protests and Petitions / Olympics
两百名北京居民抗议奥运会电站接近民居 (200 Beijing Citizens Protest Olympics Power Station, Saying It’s Too Close to Residences)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

Protests and Petitions / Public Health
三十多名因药品污染而患病的艾滋病患者在上海绝食抗议 (Over 30 AIDS Patients Infected by Contaminated Medicines Hold Hunger Struck in Shanghai)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

Public Health
卫生部要求医院向病人提供每日治疗费用清单 (Ministry of Health Requests Hospitals to Provide Daily List of Medical Charges)
Xinhuanet, April 24, 2006

中国性病发病率逐年上升 主要感染者锁定三人群 (Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases Found in 3 Most Vulnerable Groups of People), April 22, 2006

World's Youngest Political Prisoner Turns 17
Reuters (via YahooNews), April 24, 2006

Friday, April 21, 2006

April 21, 2006


Death Penalty
国际特赦:中国处死刑人数世界之最 (Amnesty International Reports That China Executes More Prisoners Than Any Other Country), April 21, 2006

亿万富翁杀亿万富翁案宣判 (Billionaire in Inner Mongolia Gets Death Sentence for Killing Another Billionaire)
The Beijing News, April 21, 2006

小废品公司牵出17亿惊天税案 六年来全国案情最复杂涉税案件主犯被判死刑 (Death Sentence Handed Down in Biggest Tax Evasion Case in Six Years)
Xinhuanet, April 21, 2006

China Labors to Stop Spread of Deserts
AP( via YahooNews), April 21, 2006

环保的悲剧性与彻底扭转 (Solutions Needed to Reverse Environmental Disaster) ,April 21, 2006

China Slow to Awake to Need for Sex Education
Reuters (via YahooNews), April 20, 2006

叫你告,给我打!” 如此村支书竟野蛮报复百姓 (Cadre Takes Revenge on Villagers for Reporting on Unlawful Mining)
Xinhuanet, April 21, 2006

Human Rights Defenders / Chen Guangcheng (

两村民获取保候审 陈光诚仍下落不明 (Chen Guangcheng’s Two Relatives Released on Bail, but Still No Word on Chen’s Whereabouts)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

Human Rights Defenders / Protests and Petitions
上海三名访民被抓捕两个多月音信全无 (Three Shanghai Petitioners Detained for Two Months Without Any News)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

事业单位员工须上工伤险 (Beijing Social Organizations to Buy Accident Insurance for Employees)
The Beijing News, April 21, 2006

9种律师收费实行政府指导价 (9 Guiding Principles Issued to Regulate Lawyers’ Fees)
Xinhuanet, April 21, 2006

上海首次启动立法后评估程序 (Shanghai First to Enact Post-Legislation Evaluation Procedure)
Xinhuanet, April 21, 2006

诈骗疑犯死在看守所里 (Fraud Suspect Dies While in Detention)
The Beijing News, April 21, 2006

我国解决人口问题有四任务 必须稳定低生育水平 (The Four Tasks of China’s Population Policy Are to Keep the Birth Rate Low)
Xinhuanet, April 21, 2006

粤农贫富差距拉大 (Gap Widens Between Rich and Poor Farmers in Guangdong)
Ming Pao, April 21, 2006

Public Health
一份令人震惊的药品回扣清单 (An Astronomical Medical Bill)
China Youth Daily, April 21, 2006

湖北禽疫患者死亡 病源仍成謎 (Human Bird Flu Victim Dies in Hubei, Source of Infection Unknown)
Wen Wei Po, April 21, 2006

从红包到点刀费 潜规则暴露医疗界之耻评 (Patients Feel Obliged to Give Doctors Gifts of Money to Ensure Good Care)
Xinhuanet, April 21, 2006
New Bird Flu Case Fatal, 2 Birds Die in Liaoning
China Daily, April 21, 2006

Public Health / Police
Shanghai Police Block HIV News Conference
AP( via YahooNews), April 21, 2006;_

Public Health / Media
上海公安拘捕三名海外记者 (Three Foreign Journalists Arrested in Shanghai While Attending News Conference Held by AIDS Patients)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

Religion / Cai Zhuohua (蔡卓华)
家庭教会牧师蔡卓华再次被转移服刑地点 (House Church Leader Cai Zhuohua Moved Again to New Place of Detention)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2006

Thursday, April 20, 2006

April 20, 2006

Top News of the Day

Media - Internet Censorship
雅虎公司卷入第三位中国异见人士被判刑案 (Yahoo! Allegedly Involved in Conviction of Another Dissident Writer in China)
Radio Free Asia, April 20, 2006
The U.S. Internet Company Yahoo! has been accused of helping the Chinese authorities to identify dissident writer Jiang Lijun, who was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment in 2003, according to the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders. This is the third time that Yahoo! has been implicated in the convictions of Chinese dissidents by disclosing their clients’ e-mail information to the government.

Related News
Yahoo Accused of Helping Jail Another Chinese Writer
CNET Networks, April 20, 2006


Children - Trafficking of Children
Orphanage Probed Over Baby Charges Claim
Xinhuanet, April 20, 2006

Death Penalty
甘肃宣传部原副部长石星光被害案开庭 三被告死刑 (Three Sentenced to Death for Killing Former Deputy Chief of Gansu Publicity Department)
Xinhuanet, April 20, 2006

Human Rights
China's Silence Boosts Tyrants
International Herald Tribune, April 20, 2006

Congress Panel Will Discuss Rights Record
SCMP, April 20, 2006

Human Rights Abuses and Authoritarian Rule Dominate in China
Voice of America, April 20, 2006

Help U.S. Firms Free China's Web
International Herald Tribune, April 20, 2006

Police - Abuses
讨论:在中国刑讯逼供为何禁而不止?(Discussion: Why Has China Still Not Banned the Use of Torture to Extract Confessions?)
Radio Free Asia, April 20, 2006

Public Health - HIV-AIDS/STDs
血友病人感染艾滋上海讨说法 (Hemophiliac Patients with HIV/AIDS Protest Against a Pharmaceutical Plant in Shanghai)
Radio Free Asia, April 20, 2006

讨论:中国没有人因为信仰被逮捕? (Discussion: Has Anyone Been Arrested for Their Religious Beliefs in China?)
Radio Free Asia, April 20, 2006

Rural Issues
Farmers in China Face Great Wall
Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2006