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, March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006

Top News of the Day

Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Speech Put to Brutal Test
SCMP, March 15, 2006
Petitioners who were gathered outside the Great Hall of the People, where Chinese senior leaders and politicians were having their annual meetings, were harassed and detained by police yesterday. This coincided with Premier Wen Jiabao's speech which stressed how people's rights in China were protected by the law.

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Some Local Governments Infringe on People's Legal Rights: Premier
People's Daily, March 15, 2006


Death Penalty
原安徽双轮集团副总经理刘峰受贿被判死缓 (Company Group Head in Anhui Province Sentenced to Death with Reprieve for Accepting Bribes), March 15, 2006

Focus of Education Must Be Oriented Toward General Public: Chinese Premier
People's Daily, March 15, 2006

Plagiarism, Fake Research Plague Academia
China Daily, March 15, 2006

Government - Grassroots Elections
中国农村贿选破坏选举现象 (Bribery and Corruption in Rural Elections)
Radio Free Asia, March 15, 2006

Human Rights Defenders
发表批评政府的文章 李建平被起诉 (Dissident Li Jianping Charged with Posting Online Articles Critical of the Government)
Radio Free Asia, March 15, 2006

讨论:《劳动法》是否需要重新修订? (Discussion: Should the Labor Law be Revised?)
Radio Free Asia, March 15, 2006

Union Can Do Better on Work Safety, Says Premier
SCMP, March 15, 2006

Land Policy
Land Grabs Should Be Punished: Wen
SCMP, March 15, 2006

Who Should Own the Good Earth of China
The Christian Science Monitor, March 15, 2006

司法鉴定仍有四方面问题待解 (Four Problems Related to Judicial Forensic Work Unresolved)
Legal Daily, March 15, 2006

Media - Internet Censorship
温家宝谈互联网:国家利益高于言论自由 (Premier Wen Jiabao Says About the Internet: National Interests Are More Important Than Freedom of Speech)
Radio Free Asia, March 15, 2006

国际方法监管网络 (Surveillance of Internet Is Based on International Practice)
Ming Pao, March 15, 2006

Web Surfers Must Stick to the Law, Says Wen
SCMP, March 15, 2006

Rural Issues
Farmers Sceptical of Socialist Nirvana Vow
SCMP, March 15, 2006