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, August 24, 2006

August 24, 2006

Top News of the Day
Religion - Christianity
Six House Church Leaders Formally Arrested in Zhejiang Province After Church Destruction
China Aid, August 22, 2006

Six detained Protestant house church leaders have been formally arrested for "inciting violence to resist implementation of the law" after their church was destroyed in late July in Xiaoshan, Zhejiang Province. The authorities claimed the church was an illegal structure.

Bilateral Ties
Authors Told to Pay Damages to Nanking Survivor
SCMP, August 24, 2006

未成年人保护法修订草案:电邮日记被列为隐私 (Proposed Law on Protection of Minors Makes Emails and Diaries Private), August 24, 2006

Civil Society
中国政府徵求民间抗衡日本对策? (Why Did China Consult a Civil Organization on its Anti-Japanese Strategy?)
Voice of America, August 22, 2006

教育部官员:让孩子全日制"读私塾"行为违法 (Education Official Says Full-time Study in Old-style Chinese Private Schools Is Illegal)
Xinhuanet, August 24, 2006

Relief in Sight for Distressed Students
SCMP, August 24, 2006

四川多名学者撰写备忘录质疑南水北调西线工程 (Sichuan Academics Question Transferal of Water from South to North), August 24, 2006

松花江支流发生化工污染 (Songhua River Under Threat from Another Chemical Spill)
The Beijing News, August 24, 2006

Food Security
粮食安全面临多重挑战 中国积极采取应对之策 (China Proactive on Food Security Problems)
Xinhuanet, August 24, 2006

Fatal Party Thrown for Auditors 'Broke Rules'
SCMP, August 24, 2006

桑美台风媒体报道与官员描述不一 (China Central Television and Local Officials Differ on Typhoon Reports)
Radio Free Asia, August 23, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Lawyer - Gao Zhisheng (高智晟)
中国知名学者:秘捕高智晟不合法 (Famous Scholar of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Argues Secret Arrest of Gao Zhisheng Is Unlawful)
Voice of America, August 22, 2006

China's Unions Emboldened by Wal-Mart Success
Asia Times Online, August 24, 2006

Land Policy
山林变法:第三次土改艰难破冰 (Third "Land Reform" on Forestry Takes a Difficult Turn)
Xinhuanet, August 24, 2006

娄底审判员当庭打瞌睡 (Judicial Officer Naps During Trial)
The Beijing News, August 24, 2006

浙江大学庄道鹤被行政记大过处分 (Zhejiang University Editor Zhuang Daohe Receives Administrative Punishment for Trying to Publish Book on "Double Regulations")
Radio Free Asia, August 23, 2006

Protests and Petitions
中国颁布军队信访条例受密切关注 (Concerns Grow over Petition Regulations for the Military)
Voice of America, August 22, 2006

Public Health
广东率先给乡村医生发财政补贴 (Guangdong to Become China's First Province to Subsidize Rural Doctors)
Legal Daily, August 24, 2006

卫生部昨出台政策:新建小区须增设社区医院 (New Ministry of Health Policy Requires New Districts to Establish Community Hospitals)
Xinhuanet, August 24, 2006

China Acts on Funeral Strippers
BBC, August 24, 2006

故宫两商店拒国人进入 (Two Shops in Forbidden City Refuse Chinese Customers)
Ming Pao, August 24, 2006

How an Exile Defies China
Guardian, August 22, 2006