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.

Friday, September 08, 2006

September 8, 2006

Top News of the Day
Media - Internet Censorship
百姓杂志网站被关 主编表示无惧压力 (Web Site of Magazine Baixing Shut Down; Editor Says Will Not Submit to Pressure)
Radio Free Asia, September 07, 2006

The Web site of the Chinese news monthly Baixing (百姓) was shut down on September 6. Its editor Huang Liangtian (黄良天) believed the closure was because of the magazine's reports on the beating to death of a villager involved in a dispute with developers in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province. Huang said he had been warned by Jiangsu and Guangdong authorities that the Web site would be shut down if the articles were not removed.

Protests and Petitions
浙江千人暴动 (Thousands Run Riot in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province)
Ming Pao, September 08, 2006
On September 6 and 7, thousands of people protested the handling of a homicide case in which a woman fell from a building and died in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. Police were sent in to disperse the crowd. Scores of protestors were injured and a dozen were arrested. Some protestors then damaged the factory of the deceased's husband, whom they believed was responsible for the death.

Bilateral Ties

China Criticizes US Use of Secret Prisons
Mens, September 06, 2006

Death Penalty
雇凶杀人大代表 (Four Sentenced to Death for Murdering Cadre and Wife in Shandong Province)
Legal Daily, September 08, 2006

Estimated Pollution Cost Fails to Tell Full Story
SCMP, September 08, 2006

Lead Poisoning of Villagers Probed
SCMP, September 08, 2006

Sexy Dressing Blamed for Harassment in China
AFP (via YahooNews), September 07, 2006

Human Rights
自由之家将中国列为“第二等级受压制社会” (China Ranked as Near the Bottom of Freedom House's List of the Most Repressive Countries)
Radio Free Asia, September 07, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Journalist - Ching Cheong (程翔)
內地「法律专家」6点反驳 (Mainland "Legal Experts" Give 6 Arguments to Support Ching's Conviction)
Ming Pao, September 08, 2006

亲京报上诉前夕引述内地专家﹕ 程翔上诉不乐观 假释非不可能 (Mainland Experts Say Ching Cheong's Chance of Successful Appeal Is Slim, But Parole Not Impossible)
Ming Pao, September 08, 2006

Human Rights Defender - Public Intellectual - Hu Jia (胡佳)
Rights Campaigner Detained in China
AFP (via YahooNews), September 07, 2006

June 4th - EU Arms Ban
温家宝访欧前武禁问题再起波澜 (European Parliament's Resolution Urges EU Leaders Not to Lift Arms Ban Against China Ahead of Chinese Premier's Visit)
Radio Free Asia, September 07, 2006

New Balance 'Pays Workers 32 Cents an Hour'
World Net Daily, September 08, 2006

毛热烧向互联网 ("Mao Enthusiasm" Heats up on the Internet)
Ming Pao, September 08, 2006

中国评论﹕治军从严 说易行难 (Commentary: Managing the Military Is Easier Said Than Done)
Ming Pao, September 08, 2006

中国公开报导高级将领受罚引关注 (Concerns Grow as Chinese Media Allowed to Report on Punishment of Senior Military Cadres)
Voice of America, September 07, 2006

数历史功过就在今朝 重评毛泽东愈早愈好 (Chinese Researcher Argues Re-evaluation of Mao Zedong Should Happen as Early as Possible)
Ming Pao, September 08, 2006

In China, Living with the Unspeakable
Washington Post, September 07, 2006

Protests and Petitions
西安检察院案件接访“终身制” (Xi'an Procuratorate Officials to Bear "Lifetime Responsibility" for Handling Petitioning Cases)
Legal Daily, September 08, 2006

A Writer's Portrait of an Unhinged China
International Herald Tribune, September 08, 2006

State Security
Comment: State Secrets Within China’s State Secrets
New Strait Times, September 08, 2006

自由之家列西藏为人权最受压地区 (Freedom House Ranks Tibet as Among the World's Most Repressive Territories in Terms of Human Rights)
Voice of America, September 08, 2006