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, July 24, 2006

July 22-24, 2006

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defenders – Petitioner - Fu Xiancai (付先财)
三峡移民代表付先财亲属被监控骚扰 (Family of Three Gorges Petitioner Fu Xiancai Monitored and Harassed)
Radio Free Asia, July 21, 2006

According to a news report by Human Rights in China, family members of Three Gorges petitioner Fu Xiancai are being followed and harassed by police. Fu was seriously injured during an attack more than a month ago and is still in hospital slowly recovering. Except for visits from his family, Fu is not allowed to contact others.

Related News
HRIC News Update: Fu Xiancai’s Family and Friends Harassed by Police “Minders”
Human Rights in China, July 20, 2006

Human Rights Defenders
宜宾政府逮捕村民代表打压维权 (Two Villagers Arrested for Planning to Welcome Home Released Rights Leader Liu Beixing)
Radio Free Asia, July 21, 2006
Authorities in Yibin County, Sichuan Province have arrested two of a group of individuals who were planning a welcome home gathering for a local rights leader who was recently released from prison named Liu Beixing. Authorities have also summoned a number of the group for allegedly “planning an illegal gathering and demonstrations,” even though the group had no intention of demonstrating. Liu was sentenced to a three-year prison term in 2003 for representing the villagers in a compensation lawsuit.

Death Penalty
京连环綁架杀人兇徒残忍 (Beijing's Serial Kidnapper and Murderer)
Ming Pao, July 24, 2006

兰州铁路局原总会计师张宁被数罪并罚判死刑 (Lanzhou Railway Bureau Chief Zhang Ning Sentenced to Death on Multiple Corruption Charges)
Xinhuanet, July 22, 2006

Plenty of Awareness but Not Enough Action
SCMP, July 24, 2006

Small Steps on a Long Road to Cleaner Air
San Francisco Chronicle, July 23, 2006

Victory Is a Rare Pleasure for China's Erin Brockovich
SCMP, July 23, 2006

Don't Play Down Death Tolls, Warn Officials
SCMP, July 24, 2006

Civil Servants to Get Pay Rise
SCMP, July 23, 2006

Human Rights
Global Bazaar in Body Parts
San Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2006

Human Rights Defenders – Journalist - Ching Cheong (程翔)
Journalist's Trial May Start in 10 Days
SCMP, July 22, 2006

China to Quicken Censoring of TV Animation Production
People's Daily, July 24, 2006

Media Attacks New Rules on Reporting Health Emergencies
SCMP, July 22, 2006

China Calls for the Ultimate Sacrifice from Its Olympics Workforce
The Telegraph, July 23, 2006

Olympic Tower Sports 'Beijing 2008' Logo
SCMP, July 21, 2006

Disgraced Former Party Chief Freed on Medical Parole
SCMP, July 24, 2006

Protests and Petitions
艾滋上访者被拘留 艾滋专款被贪污 (Two AIDS Patients Detained After Petitioning Ministry of Health)
Radio Free Asia, July 21, 2006

一名法轮功练习者在北京被捕 (Whereabouts Unknown of Detained Falun Gong Practitioner and Staff Member of Asia Foundation’s Beijing Office)
Radio Free Asia, July 23, 2006

国际人权组织代表谴责中国继续打压法轮功 (International Human Rights Organization Condemns China's Continuous Persecution of Falun Gong)
Radio Free Asia, July 21, 2006

Social Security
中国养老保险制度面临重大改革 (China's Insurance System for the Aged Faces Big Reforms)
Voice of America, July 24, 2006

Spirit of Dalai Lama Is Unbowed by Wind of Change
The Times, July 21, 2006,,25689-

Wife Begs China to Release Husband Facing Execution
Toronto Star, July 24, 2006