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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

January 17, 2006

Top News of the Day

Human Rights Defenders
China Stops Petitioners Mourning Late Leader Zhao
Reuters (via YahooNews), January 17, 2006
Around 30 people on their way to mourn the death of purged leader Zhao Ziyang, who died one year ago this month, were turned back by police and prevented from visiting the former leader’s home.

Protests and Petitions – Zhongshan Land Compensation Case
Family of Dead Teen Paid to Keep Quiet: Villagers
SCMP, January 17, 2006
Authorities in Guangdong have allegedly paid 130,000 yuan to the family of a teenage girl who was reportedly beaten to death during the violent crackdown on a protest over land compensation last Saturday. A relative of the family alleged the girl's parents had accepted the money and claimed their daughter had died of a heart attack. Chinese officials have denied that anyone was killed during the demonstration.


Surge in Guangdong Corruption Cases
SCMP, January 17, 2006

Death Penalty
内蒙古一专修学院院长雇凶杀人 一审被判死缓 (Head of Inner Mongolia Technical College Sentenced to Death with Reprieve for Murder)
Xinhuanet, January 17, 2006

强化涉及妇女权益保障案件的审判工作 (Supreme Court to Strengthen Protection of Women's Rights)
Legal Daily, January 17, 2006

刑事手段解决欠薪值得期待 (Cases of Unpaid Wages Expected to Be Resolved by Use of Criminal Law)
Legal Daily, January 17, 2006

Land Policy
失地农民,孕育不稳定因素的群体 (Farmers Being Stripped of Land Breeds Instability)
Xinhuanet, January 17, 2006

十一五法律援助法有望出台 (Legal Aid Law Expected to be Enacted Under 11th Five-Year Plan)
Legal Daily, January 17, 2006

Law - Legal Profession
加快修订律师法规范律师执业 (Revision on Legal Profession Regulation to Gain Speed)
Legal Daily, January 17, 2006

Media - Censorship / Press Freedom
新京報高层完成调整 (Reshuffle Complete of Beijing News' Senior Management)
Wen Wei Po, January 17, 2006

Media - Internet Censorship
China's Tangled Web
International Herald Tribune, January 16, 2006

China's Tyranny Has the Best Hi-Tech Help
International Herald Tribune, January 15, 2006

Migrant Workers
600万农民工今年将加入工会 (Six Million Migrant Workers to Be Unionized This Year)
Legal Daily, January 17, 2006

中国裁军20万瞄准部队信息化 (200,000 Soldiers Retrenched as China's Military Gets Computerized)
The Beijing News, January 17, 2006

我国一至六级残疾军人医疗待遇将得到较好保障 (PLA Soldiers with Disabilities to Have Better Medical Coverage)
Xinhuanet, January 17, 2006

Olympics /Economic Development
Olympics to Add Oomph to Beijing Economy
China Daily, January 17, 2006

Chinese Generals Promise to Bolster Paramilitary Police
Los Angeles Times, January 13, 2006,0,1925077.story?coll=la-headlines-worldparamilitary13jan13,0,1925077.story?coll=la-headlines-world

赵紫阳前秘书鲍彤促中国走民主路 (Bao Tong, Former Aid to Purged Leader Zhao Ziyang, Urges China to Democratize)
Voice of America , January 17, 2006

Protests and Petitions – Zhongshan Land Compensation Case
广东中山市警民冲突至少五人受伤 (At Least Five Injured in Zhongshan Protest)
Voice of America, January 17, 2006

Chinese Media Downplay Land Protest in Southern China
Voice of America, January 17, 2006

Police in China Hurt Villagers, Protesters Say
New York Times, January 17, 2006

广东中山失地农民将再聚集 (Protestors in Zhongshan's Land Compensation Case Gather Again)
Radio Free Asia, January 17, 2006

Protests and Petitions Shanwei Incident
Shanwei Crackdown Widow Says Her Husband Was Innocent
Radio Free Asia, January 17, 2006

Protests and Petitions - Resettlement (Case)
村民集体请愿要求政府履行承诺被非法拘禁判刑 (Villagers in Henan Detained by Police for Fighting for Fair Compensation for Relocation)
Radio Free Asia, January 17, 2006

Public Health - HIV-AIDS/STDs
黑龙江北安农场输血感染艾滋病者将索赔3000(Farmers in Heilongjiang Province Seek a Total of 30 Million Yuan in Compensation for Contracting AIDS Through Blood Transfusions)
People's Daily, January 17, 2006

North Korea
North Korea Kim Visit Is China's Worst-Kept SecretAP( via YahooNews), January 17, 2006