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, August 21, 2006

August 19-21, 2006

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defender – Lawyer – Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
Police Hold Activist's Lawyer Until End of Trial
SCMP, August 21, 2006
Rights defender Chen Guangcheng's trial was held on August 18 but no verdict was announced. The day before the trial, Chen's defense lawyer Xu Zhiyong was beaten up and detained for almost 24 hours, after which officials appointed two local lawyers to represent Chen, despite his objections. Chen's own lawyers filed a complaint with the court stating that the trial was invalid, since the government-appointed lawyers had only one hour to prepare a defense and were not familiar with the case.

Civil Society
官方徵求民间抗日对策 (Authorities Consult Civil Organization on Anti-Japanese Strategy)
Ming Pao, August 21, 2006

中国评论﹕打击贪腐须传媒监督 (Commentary: Media Supervision Needed in the Fight Against Corruption)
Ming Pao, August 21, 2006

Corruption Fuels Rise in Emissions
SCMP, August 21, 2006

The Battle Against Official Graft Has to Start at the Very Top
SCMP, August 21, 2006

社论:灾区政府应该如何面对媒体不实报道” (Editorial: How the Government Should Deal with "False Media Reports" on Disasters)
Nanfang Daily, August 21, 2006

环保总局将公布污染排行榜” (State Environmental Protection Administration to Announce Pollution Levels of Different Localities)
The Beijing News, August 21, 2006

Government - Civil Service
青海:村村都要有大学生村官 (Qinghai Government Vows to Fill Village Official Positions with University Graduates)
China Youth Daily, August 21, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Lawyer - Zhao Xin (赵昕)
Dissident's Banishment Tied to Support for Activists
SCMP, August 21, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Lawyer - Gao Zhisheng (高智晟)
China Dissidents Press for Lawyer's Release
Reuters (via YahooNews), August 20, 2006

Crackdown on Defense Lawyers Is Intensified in China
New York Times, August 18, 2006

Human Rights Defenders
宜宾大塔多名农民遭当局传讯 (Villagers Summoned for Trying to Celebrate the Release of Rights Defender in YibinSichuan Province)
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Lawyer - Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
陈光诚案强行开庭 律师指当局多处违法 (Chen Guangcheng Goes on Trial; Lawyers Allege Trial Is Unlawful)
Radio Free Asia, August 18, 2006

Human Rights Defender - Tibet
China Detains Teenage Girl for Writing Pro-Independence Leaflets
Radio Free Asia, August 18, 2006

Apple Work Code Broken at Supplier's China Plant
Reuters (via YahooNews), August 18, 2006

Land Policy
Blanket Ban on New Staff Housing for Government Departments
SCMP, August 20, 2006

北京奥运采高科技保安 (Beijing to Adopt High-Tech Security Measures During Olympics)
Apple Daily, August 21, 2006

Game to Help
SCMP, August 21, 2006

Post-Games Uses to Be Explored
People's Daily, August 18, 2006

Suicide Verdict Fuels Suspicion of Police Cover-up
SCMP, August 19, 2006

Protests and Petitions
广东茂名警民冲突多人受伤 (Dozen Injured as Villagers Clash with Police in Maoming, Guangdong Province)
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2006

Protests and Petitions - Labor
广西南宁百货大楼职工罢工 (A Dozen Workers Injured as Police Disperse Strike in Nanling, Guangxi Province)
Radio Free Asia, August 18, 2006

Protests and Petitions - Corruption
凌源维权村民遭镇压后警察继续抓人 (Arrest Continues One Month After Anti-Corruption Protest in Lingyuan, Liaoning Province)
Radio Free Asia, August 18, 2006

Public Health
欣弗事件不是药品不良反应” (Antibiotic Incident Is Not About "Bad Reaction to the Drug")
Nanfang Daily, August 21, 2006

HIV Vaccine Trial Hailed a Success
SCMP, August 19, 2006

专家:中国肥胖症增长速度惊人 (Expert: Rate of Obesity Climbs in China)
BBC, August 18, 2006

China Adds Restrictions in Effort to Shake the Faith of Independent Congregations
New York Times, August 18, 2006

Rural Issues
首部西部大开发五年规划将出台 (State Council to Issue First Five-Year Plan for the Great Western Development Campaign)
The Beijing News, August 20, 2006

State Security
中国涉密案件剖析 (Analyzing Cases Involving State Secrets in China)
Voice of America, August 18, 2006

Hong Kong
Thugs Batter Lawmaker Albert Ho
SCMP, August 21, 2006