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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

September 13, 2006

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defenders - Sun Buer (孙不二)
专访:区人大独立参选人孙不二和母亲遭拦殴 ("Pan-blue Alliance" Candidate for Local People's Congress Sun Buer and Mother Beaten in Hubei Province)
Radio Free Asia, September 12, 2006

Sun Buer (孙不二), a "Pan-blue Alliance" candidate for a local People's Congress election, and his mother were beaten by four unknown men in Hubei Province on September 12. According to Sun, internal security officers advised him to withdraw from the election on September 12 or he risked being beaten. He refused, and was beaten that night.

Human Rights Defender - Internet Activist - Guo Qizhen (郭起真)
中国网络维权人士郭起真出庭受审 (Chinese Internet Activist Guo Qizhen Stands Trial for Subversion)
Voice of America, September 12, 2006
Chinese Internet activist Guo Qizhen (郭起真) went to trial in Hebei Province on September
12. He was charged with subversion for publishing articles on the Internet, although his lawyer believed his participation in the hunger strike called by Gao Zhisheng was the real reason for the charge. The verdict is yet to be delivered.

Corruption Entrenched, Audit Shows
SCMP, September 13, 2006

社论:预算法软弱无力 审计如风过耳 (Editorial: Budget Law and Audits Not Effective in Curbing Corruption)
Nanfang Daily, September 13, 2006

Death Penalty
原辽宁人大代表驾车杀人改判死缓 (Death Sentence of Former Liaoning People's Congress Delegate Reduced on Appeal for Showing Regret and Compensating Victims)
The Beijing News, September 13, 2006

Veolia to Pursue Growth in China Water Services
SCMP, September 13, 2006

中国平均每三天发生一起水污染事故 (On Average, Water Pollution Incidents Happen Every 3 Days in China)
Radio Free Asia, September 12, 2006

专家:中国有法难依污染事件频繁 (Experts: Pollution Incidents Frequent Because Laws Are Not Followed)
Voice of America, September 11, 2006

Living with a Treaty on Rights
SCMP, September 13, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Journalist – Ching Cheong (程翔)
关注組﹕刘敏仪申请探程翔 (Ching Cheong's Wife Applies to Visit Husband)
Ming Pao, September 13, 2006

Ching's Appeal May Not Be Heard in Court, Says Lawyer
SCMP, September 13, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Lawyer - Gao Zhisheng (高智晟)
公安联系高智晟助手称案件进入预审程序 (Gao Zhisheng's Case Enters Pre-trial Stage)
Radio Free Asia, September 12, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Xinjiang - Huseyin Celil (塞利尔)
Sentencing Reports Worry Wife of Canadian Held in China
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) , September 12, 2006

Media - Censorship
China Extends Media Clampdown to Courts
AP( via YahooNews), September 13, 2006

未经批准法官不得接受记者采访 (New Policy Prohibits Judicial Officers from Receiving Media Interviews Without Permission)
Legal Daily, September 13, 2006

We Will Not Be Bowed or Broken
SCMP, September 13, 2006

China Says New Foreign-Media Rules Aren't Restrictive
Bloomberg, September 12, 2006

Media - Internet Censorship
百姓网站换址重开 继续与读者互动 (Website of Magazine Baixing Reopened, Continues Interacting with Readers)
Radio Free Asia, September 12, 2006

毛主席永远活在人民的心里/文﹕梁文道 (Commentary: Chairman Mao Will Stay in People's Hearts Forever)
Ming Pao, September 13, 2006

Public Health
突发卫生事故每月公布 (China to Start Announcing Nationwide Public Health Emergencies Every Month)
Ming Pao, September 13, 2006

中国每天有192人感染艾滋病 (On Average, 192 People Contracted HIV Per Day in 2005)
BBC, September 13, 2006