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.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

July 20, 2006

Top News of the Day
Protests and Petitions - Health
Desperate Parents Seek Help in HK
SCMP, July 20, 2006
A group of farmers from Jiangmen, Guangdong Province have gone to Hong Kong to appeal for help for their children, who contracted acute toxic encephalitis after taking a meningitis vaccine distributed by the mainland authorities last year. Some of the children have reportedly lost the ability to talk, walk or even sit up after the injections. The local authorities have refused to take any responsibility for the matter, saying that the children had “bad luck”.

Corporate Social Accountability
Web Groups 'Ignore' Human Rights in China
Financial Times, July 20, 2006

Cadres Punished for Buying and Selling Promotion
SCMP, July 20, 2006

Death Penalty
曾使警督李久明蒙冤判死缓 真凶昨被执行死刑 (Man Executed for Murder and Rape in Tangshan, Hebei Province)
Xinhuanet, July 20, 2006

China Has 55 Million Illiterate Women
People's Daily, July 19, 2006

Food Security
吃后损腎脏伤神经致癌 紅药水西瓜广州通街卖 (Watermelon Injected with Mercurochrome on Sale in Guangzhou)
Apple Daily, July 20, 2006

商议民主:公共决策民意说了算 (Discussing Democracy: Let the Public Make Policy Decisions)
China Youth Daily, July 20, 2006

粤官若救災不力就地免职 (Guangdong Officials to Be Dismissed if Found Negligent in Disaster Relief Duties)
Ming Pao, July 20, 2006

Human Rights Defenders – Lawyers - Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
China: Release “Barefoot Lawyer”
Human Rights Watch (HRW), July 19, 2006

临沂法院口头通知延期审理陈光诚 (Local Court Informs Chen Guangcheng's Lawyer About Delay of Trial)
Radio Free Asia, July 19, 2006

A Global Citizen Needs Law to Protect Its People
SCMP, July 20, 2006

Lawyers Seek Reform of Criminal Law
SCMP, July, 20, 2006

大陸网民1.23亿 全球第二 (China Has World’s Second Largest Number of Internet Users)
Ming Pao, July 20, 2006

医药減肥购物节目停播 夸大效果 破坏传媒公信力 (TV Ads on Drugs and Slimming Products Pulled for Exaggerating Results)
Ming Pao, July 20, 2006

China's Jiang Creeps Back from Political Oblivion
Reuters (via Swissinfo), July 20, 2006

学者批中国重设学部委员只看政治 (Only 2 Out of 47 Members of New Social Sciences Department Committee at CASS Are Non-CPC Members)
Voice of America, July 19, 2006

Protests and Petitions
Hundreds Protest over Redundancies at Chinese Bank
Today Online, July 20, 2006

村民堵施工现场 北京六环路施工受阻 (Resettled Villagers Continue 7-Month Protest of Construction of Ring Road in Beijing, 6 Detained)
Radio Free Asia, July 19, 2006

中国医生与污染抗争西方媒体关注 (A Chinese Doctor's Fight Against Pollution)
Voice of America, July 20, 2006

Public Health
21 Held Liable for Qiqihar Drugs Scandal
SCMP, July 20, 2006