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, January 16, 2006

January 14-16, 2006

Top News of the Day

Protests and Petitions – Zhongshan Land Compensation Protest
Villagers Vow to Fight on for Compensation
SCMP, January 16, 2006
About 50 villagers were injured, and a further 100 were detained, during a clash with military police dispatched to break up a protest over land acquisition in Panlong village in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province. During the Saturday protest, which involved some 10,000 villagers, police beat protestors at random and it was rumored that a 13-year-old girl had died as a result.


Suicide of Zhejiang Official Met with Shock
SCMP, January 16, 2006

Equality Finally Gets a Chance with Revision of Education Standards
SCMP, January 16, 2006

Key Measures Missing from Draft, Experts Say
SCMP, January 16, 2006

Beijing Determined to Build 'Livable City'
SCMP, January 16, 2006

China`s Developing World Energy Strategy - Edward Lanfranco
UPI, January 16, 2006

潘岳:中国环保形势严峻 公众参与程度低是要因 (Environmental Chief Says that Lack of Public Participation is a Major Cause for Environmental Degradation), January 16, 2006

讨论:广东民间要求罢免省委书记张德江的诉求 (Discussion: The People’s Demand That Zhang Dejiang, General Secretary of Guangdong’s Provincial Committee, Be Dismissed)
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2006

Human Rights Defenders
北京警方再带走拟悼念赵紫阳居民 (Beijing Police Arrest Activist Li Jinping Again, Allegedly for Planning to Hold Memorial Activities to Mark the First Anniversary of Zhao Ziyang's Death)
Voice of America , January 16, 2006

Labor - Work Safety
整顿关闭煤矿进程缓慢:竟有省份一矿未关 (Slow Progress in Reforms on Coal Mines, No Mines Have Been Shut Down in Some Provinces)
People's Daily, January 16, 2006

Poverty - Urban Poverty
Beijing's Income Gap Grows, as Study Sees Slum Potential
SCMP, January 16, 2006

Protests and Petitions – Zhongshan Land Compensation Protest
中山徵地 釀警民衝突 (Clash Between Police and Villagers in Zhongshan Due to Land Acquisition) Wen Wei Po, January 16, 2006

中山逾萬警民衝突數十傷, 不滿政府低價徵地高價出售 (Dozens Injured as Over 10,000 Villagers Clash with Police in Zhongshan)
Ming Pao , January 16, 2006

广东村民抗议征地不公与警方冲突 (Guangdong Villagers Clash with Police Over Unfair Compensation on Land Acquisition)
Voice of America, January 16, 2006

Scores Injured as China Police Quell Protest: Residents
AFP (via YahooNews), January 16, 2006

Traffic Blockade Ends in Guangdong
Xinhuanet, January 16, 2006

Villagers in Land Protest Flee Police Batons and Tear Gas
SCMP, January 16, 2006

Fight for Fair Land Payout Brought to Violent End
SCMP, January 14, 2006

Protests and Petitions- Shanwei Incident
Curfew on Riot Village Lifted Amid Talk of Beijing Probe
SCMP, January 14, 2006

Public Health
四川医药购销黑幕:已查128人吃回扣近千万 (Medical Fee Scandal in Sichuan: 128 People Took Close to 10 Million Yuan in Illegal Kickbacks), January 16, 2006

Wealth Grows, but Health Care Withers in China
New York Times, January 16, 2006

Rural Issues
Huge Funds Increase for Rural Roads
Xinhuanet, January 16, 2006

Model Village to Teach Others How to Improve
China Daily, January 16, 2006

Social Security
Pension System to Cover 220m People in 2010
Xinhuanet, January 16, 2006