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, July 12, 2006

July 12, 2006

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defenders – Lawyer - Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
陈光诚会见律师 进一步揭露政府的非法迫害 (Chen Guangcheng Reveals Further Illegal Persecution from the Authorities)
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2006

For the first time, on July 11 Chen Guangcheng was able to meet his lawyers without the presence of the police. According to the lawyers, Chen revealed details of the alleged abduction by police to Shandong from Beijing, beatings and other torture that occurred during interrogation. Chen's brother added that Chen's wife Yuan Weijing would also be detained once her baby's lactation period was over.

Human Rights Defender - Public Intellectual - Guo Qizhen (郭起真)
河北沧州维权人士郭起真被起诉 (Hebei Human Rights Defender Guo Qizhen Indicted)
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2006

Human rights defender Guo Qizhen has been formally indicted on subversion-related charges. Guo was detained on May 12 for posting essays on the Internet and formally arrested on June 6. While the authorities stated that his lawyer Li Jianqiang could see him, Li has twice attempted to see his client in detention but has not been permitted to do so.

Death Penalty
广东两名男子绑架活埋人大代表被判死刑 (Two Sentenced to Death for Kidnapping and Burying Alive an NPC Representative in Guangdong), July 12, 2006

城市垃圾报废农民家园 (Urban Garbage Being Dumped in Rural Areas)
China Youth Daily, July 12, 2006

美专家谈中国环境污染治理 (US Experts Discuss How China Can Handle Pollution)
Voice of America, July 12, 2006

Half of China's Chemical Plants Endanger Environment
Xinhuanet, July 11, 2006

China Power Appetite 'Wasteful'
BBC, July 10, 2006

Experts Call for Measures to Help Protect Girls' Rights
People's Daily, July 11, 2006

Inconclusive Rape Trial Ends with Acquittal
China Daily, July 11, 2006

Women's Rights Advocated in Volunteer Program
Xinhuanet, July 11, 2006

Human Rights Defender - Public Intellectual - Wu Hao (吴皓)
Blogger Hao Wu Freed After Being Held for Five Months
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), July 11, 2006

The Return of China's Censors
Asia Times Online, July 11, 2006

Migrant Workers
福建省青少年犯罪20%是留守孩子所为 (20% of Underage Criminals in Fujian Are Children of Migrant Workers)
China Youth Daily, July 12, 2006

China's Classic Reform Conundrum
The Australian, July 10, 2006,20867,

China's Population Control Program Plagued by Abuse Allegations, Gender Imbalance
Voice of America, July 11, 2006

Protests and Petitions
穗居民呛声 反建变电站 (700 Residents in Guangzhou Protest Construction of Electric Substation)
Wen Wei Po, July 12, 2006

湖北教师信访要求关注民办教师生活 (Private School Teachers in Hubei Petition City Government for Better Treatment)
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2006

Public Health
Professional Training Program Launched for Deaf Teachers
Xinhuanet, July 11, 2006

Xinjiang - Rebiya Kadeer (热比娅)
热比娅一儿子疑不堪酷刑签字认罪 (Son of Rebiya Kadeer May Have Pleaded Guilty Due to Torture)
Voice of America, July 11, 2006