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, February 06, 2006

February 4 – 6, 2006

Top News of the Day

Police - Abuses
浙江报人被警打死 (Editor of Zhejiang Newspaper Beaten to Death by Police)
Apple Daily, February 06, 2006
A deputy editor with the Taizhou Evening Post in Zhejiang Province who was severely beaten by police officers last October has died of liver and kidney failure, his family said. Wu Xianghu became the target of a police attack last year because of a report he published about exorbitant fees levied by the traffic authorities.

Related News
Deputy Editor Beaten by Police Dies
SCMP, February 06, 2006

Protests and Petitions
土地信访数量居高不下 《国土资源信访规定》出炉 (Number of Petitions over Land Disputes Stands High, New Regulation Issued by Land Resources Ministry Requires Bureaus to Report Case Status)
Legal Daily, February 06, 2006
The Ministry of Land Resources has issued a regulation to require bureaus at the provincial level or above to publicize the status of petitions they have received. The new rule came as petitions related to land disputes filed by citizens accounted for up to 80 percent of all complaints received by the Chinese government in some provinces in recent years.


Bilateral Ties - US/China
China's Crushing of Dissent Could Fuel Instability, Warns Washington
SCMP, February 06, 2006

Death Penalty
案犯被判死刑不应适用罚金刑 (Fines Should Not Be Levied in Death Penalty Cases)
Legal Daily, February 06, 2006

李金华:树立民本审计观医疗、养老将成重点 (Chief Auditor Li Jinhua: Establish a People-Oriented Auditing Principle Focused on Health Care and Pension)
Xinhuanet, February 06, 2006

Rein in State Power or Face a National Crisis, Says Professor
SCMP, February 06, 2006

Year of the Watchdog
The Standard, February 06, 2006

Human Rights Defenders - Lawyers
Lawyer Launches Hunger Strike to Support Persecuted Activists
SCMP, February 06, 2006

Lawyer, Wife Fret as Rights Activist Held
SCMP, February 06, 2006

维权人士郭飞熊被打 (Rights Activist Guo Feixiong Beaten)
Radio Free Asia, February 05, 2006

Labor - Work Safety
China Vows to Reduce Coal Mine Deaths by 3.5 pct in 2006
Xinhuanet, February 06, 2006

Labor - Employment Conditions
劳动部调查:职场人士2/3感到遭遇就业歧视 (Survey by Labor Ministry: Two-thirds of Employees Claim They Have Suffered from Job- Related Discrimination), February 06, 2006

Law - Legal Reform
Pushing the Boundary of What Can't be Done in Legal Reform
SCMP, February 06, 2006

中国开始要求手机用户用实名登记 ("Real-Name" Registration for Mobile Phone Users Begins in China)
Radio Free Asia, February 04, 2006

Media - Censorship / Press Freedom
BBC Tones Down News on China Website
Financial Times, February 06, 2006

Media - Internet Censorship
中国人权:Google中国,发挥公司领导作用为时未晚 (Human Rights in China Issues Statement to Not Too Late for Corporate Leadership)
Radio Free Asia, February 04, 2006

Police - Abuses
Chinese Village Anger Erupts Against Police
Reuters (via YahooNews), February 06, 2006

Police – Crime
Survey: Education Key to Reducing Crime
Xinhuanet, February 06, 2006

国家发改委:我国城市居民收入差距较大且不合理 (National Development and Reform Commission: Wealth Gap Between Rural and Urban Residents Unreasonable)
Xinhuanet, February 06, 2006

Protests and Petitions
广东省吴川县两个村落发生大规模械斗 (Clash over Land Rights Between Residents of Two Villages in Guangdong Province Breaks Out)
Radio Free Asia, February 05, 2006

Public Health - HIV-AIDS/STDs
AIDS Scourge Travels Fast on Ancient Chinese Road
Chicago Tribunal, February 06, 2006

Anhui Provides Free Housing to Needy AIDS Patients
Xinhuanet, February 06, 2006

Rural Issues Farmers Deserve Proper Response to Their Many Complaints
SCMP, February 06, 2006

State Security
Chinese Security Policy Safeguards Sovereignty, Unity, Territorial Integrity, Official
People's Daily, February 06, 2006

Three Gorges
Three Gorges Dam to Be Completed Ahead of Schedule
Xinhuanet, February 06, 2006