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 28, 2006

August 26-28, 2006

Top News
Underground Bishop Released After Bowing to Beijing
SCMP, August 28, 2006
An Shuxin (安树新), a bishop in the underground Catholic Church, has been released after being held under house arrest in Hebei Province for more than 10 years. The release is a result of his recognition of the government's authority over the church, according to an official bishop in a local church in Hebei. The US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation says six more bishops are still in prison. An was reportedly arrested in 1996 for conducting an underground seminary.

Bilateral Ties
Britain Ignores Asylum Seeker's Fears
SCMP, August 28, 2006

Prosecutor, NPC Members Dismissed
SCMP, August 28, 2006

This Time, Anti-graft Investigators Are Staying Put in Shanghai
SCMP, August 28, 2006

Embezzler Highlights Lack of Controls on Party Fees
SCMP, August 26, 2006

教育部要求规范义务教育办学行为 废止乱收费 (Ministry of Education’s New Opinion Prohibits Arbitrary School Charges), August 28, 2006

NPC Report Slams Slow Progress on Pollution
SCMP, August 28, 2006

Chemical Spill Pollutes China Reservoir
AP( via YahooNews), August 27, 2006

Beijing Capital in the Clear
SCMP, August 28, 2006

CCB Denies Lending to Illegal Power Projects
SCMP, August 28, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Journalist - Zhao Yan (赵岩)
Appeal Likely for Journalist at The Times
New York Times, August 26, 2006

Related News
Politics Still Drives Mainland Legal System
SCMP, August 26, 2006

中国被批两案件审判不公随意定罪 (China Criticized for Arbitrary Convictions in Chen and Zhao Cases)
Voice of America, August 25, 2006

Human Rights Defender - Religious Practitioner
美牧师帮北韩难民被中国拘押经历 (American Priest Tells of Experience of Being Detained in China for Aiding North Korean Refugees)
Voice of America, August 24, 2006

Human Rights Defender
When Activists Fall Foul of China's Police State
International Herald Tribune, August 25, 2006

中华人民共和国各级人民代表大会常务委员会监督法 (Supervision Law for All Delegates of the Standing Committee of the National People Congress of the People’s Republic of China)
Xinhuanet, August 27, 2006

Related News
中国评论﹕监督法聊胜於无 (Commentary: China's New Supervision Law Better Than Nothing)
Ming Pao, August 28, 2006

Law Empowers NPC Members to Check Abuses
SCMP, August 28, 2006

Wikipedia Chief Says No to Censorship
SCMP, August 27, 2006

Bar on Foreign Press Printing Papers on Mainland to Remain
SCMP, August 26, 2006

Ministry Attacks Student 'Sob Stories'
SCMP, August 26, 2006

Migrant Workers
Unlucky, Unfazed, Unbroken
Los Angeles Times, August 21, 2006

Poverty Relief Official Says China's Poverty Line Is Too Low
CRI Online, August 23, 2006

Protests and Petitions
南京拘拦路陈情工人 (Nanjing Authorities Arrest over 100 Protesting Workers)
Ming Pao, August 28, 2006

Rural Issues
Concrete Paves Peasants' Long Road from Poverty
The Guardian, August 27, 2006,,1859248,00.html

Qinghai-Tibet Railway Line May Be Extended to Nepal
SCMP, August 28, 2006