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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

January 18, 2006

Top News of the Day

北京方舟教会两受警方骚扰 (Fangzhou Church in Beijing Raided by Police)
Radio Free Asia, January 17, 2006
A Beijing church named Fangzhou (“ark”) - founded by rights activists such as writer Yu Jie and lawyer Gao Zhisheng about two years ago - has been raided by police twice recently. No one has been arrested in the incidents.

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"Energy Police" to Patrol Malls
Xinhuanet, January 18, 2006

2006年国家将解决农村2000万人的饮水困难问题 (State Pledges to Resolve Problems with Drinking Water for 20 Million Residents in Rural Areas in 2006)
People's Daily, January 18, 2006

Human Rights Defenders
警方监视家人纪念赵紫阳去世周年 (Family Members of Purged Leader Zhao Ziyang Under Police Surveillance for Holding Memorial Activities to Mark the First Anniversary of His Death)
Voice of America, January 18, 2006

Mourners Gather to Mark Anniversary of Zhao's Death
SCMP, January 18, 2006

Law - Legislative Reform
Property Law Draft Set for Further Revisions
People's Daily, January 18, 2006

China Has 111 Million Internet Users
Xinhuanet, January 18, 2006

中国严控互联网阻止新闻自由流通 (China Steps up Control on Internet to Rein in Press Freedom)
Voice of America, January 18, 2006

Media - Internet Censorship / Corporate Social Accountability
Beijing's New Enforcer: Microsoft
New York Times, January 17, 2006

Media - Censorship / Press Freedom
Geisha Film Has Censors Stumped
SCMP, January 18, 2006

Migrant Workers
Website Launched to Safeguard Workers' Interests
Xinhuanet, January 18, 2006

农民工的工资由谁来定?(Who Should Decide the Salaries of Migrant Workers?)
China Youth Daily, January 18, 2006

Politics - Political Reform
中国地方党委集中换届启动 涉及数以十万计幹部 (Hundreds of Thousands of Cadres Will be Involved in Major Reshuffle at Provincial, City, County and Village Levels)
Asia Times Online, January 18, 2006

Protests and Petitions – Zhongshan Land Compensation Case
Fear Reigns in Land-Grab Village Amid Clampdown
The Standard, January 18, 2006

三角镇警民冲突当局村民各执其词 (Police and Villagers Have Different Versions of Saturday's Crackdown on Land Protest in Sanjiao, Zhongshan)
Voice of America, January 18, 2006

Rural Issues - Rural Development
安徽小岗村重搞集体经济 (Collective Economy in Xiaogang Village, Anhui Becomes Role Model for Rural Reform)
Ming Pao, January 18, 2006