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, September 25, 2006

September 23 - 25, 2006

Top News of the Day
Protests and Petitions - Police Power Abuse
湖北荆州发生抗议警察暴力的学生暴动 (Over 400 Students Protest Police Brutality in Jingzhou, Hubei Province)
Radio Free Asia, September 24, 2006

Over 400 students protested what they believed was a police assault on a student in Jingzhou (荆州), Hubei Province on September 21. The students believe the police used excessive force in arresting the student, who was charged with illegal gambling. The students demanded an explanation, blocked highways and damaged police vehicles. Police denied allegations of police brutality.

Protests and Petitions - Labor
四川遂宁数十名下岗职工上访遭警察殴打 (40 Laid-off Workers Beaten for Protesting at Government Building in Suining, Sichuan Province)
Radio Free Asia, September 22, 2006
According to Human Rights in China, 40 laid-off workers were beaten up and several arrested in Suining (遂宁), Sichuan Province on September 20. A CPC Committee cadre reportedly instructed the hospital not to treat the injured protestors. Three petitioners have been detained.

Death Penalty
疑难案件院长或庭长主审 合议庭庭前审查八项重点 (New Judicial Interpretation Lists 8 Criteria for Holding Open Appeal Trials for Death Penalty Cases)
Legal Daily, September 25, 2006

最高人民法院 最高人民检察院 关于死刑第二审案件开庭审理若干问题的规定(试行) (New Regulation on Certain Questions Regarding Holding Trials of the Second Instance Involving the Death Penalty (Provisional))
Legal Daily, September 25, 2006

京关民校 百童暴晒上堂 (Hundreds of Migrant Workers' Children Forced to Take Class Outdoors due to School Closure)
Ming Pao, September 25, 2006

Emissions-trading Event for Beijing
SCMP, September 23, 2006

中国将公开除机密外所有审计结果 (China to Announce All Non-Classified Audit Results)
Voice of America, September 24, 2006

Thousands of Officials Own up on Mine Shares)
SCMP, September 23, 2006

中国阻挠维权者参与基层人大选举 (China Blocks Rights Defenders' Participation in Local Elections)
Voice of America, September 22, 2006

民间组织人士参选人代 望贴近大众传关爱文化 (Representatives of Civil Organizations Run for Local People's Congress Elections)
Radio Free Asia, September 22, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Journalist - Shi Tao (師濤)
Jailed Chinese Journalist to Sue Yahoo in US Renewed Focus on Net Freedom)
PC Advisor, September 25, 2006

Human Rights Defenders
湖北赤壁农民维权领袖被拘留 (Farmers' Representative in Hubei Province Detained for Planning to Go to Beijing to Protest Resettlement Compensation)
Radio Free Asia, September 24, 2006

Land Policy
State Media Slams House Price Policy
SCMP, September 25, 2006

江西南昌县城管拆房与村民发生冲突 (Hundreds of Villagers Clash with Authorities over Forced Evictions in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province)
Radio Free Asia, September 22, 2006

中国尝试让职业律师出任司法系统官员 (China Experiments with Letting Lawyers Work as Judicial Officials)
Radio Free Asia, September 22, 2006
收紧新闻自由 不美丽的误会 (Commentary: New Measures on Foreign News Agencies Do Not Bring Additional Censorship)
Ming Pao, September 25, 2006

Xinhua Ignores Critics of New Media Rules
Financial Times, September 25, 2006

UN人权报告:非人道酷刑在中国仍然普遍 (Torture Still Common in China: UN Special Rapporteur on Torture)
Radio Free Asia, September 22, 2006

中共省级党委 下月起大換届 (CPC Committees at Provincial Level to Hold Elections Starting Next Month)
Wen Wei Po, September 25, 2006

Protests and Petitions
深圳阻台商倒扁活动夭折 (Taiwanese Merchants Prevented from Holding Demonstration Against Taiwanese President in Shenzhen)
Ming Pao, September 25, 2006

政府借着改制变更资源使用权 未获赔偿安置的村民抗议 (Hundreds of Villagers Protest Lack of Compensation over Land Grabs in Wuhan, Hubei Province)
Radio Free Asia, September 23, 2006

Social Security
Social Insurance System Covers 6% More Chinese Each Year
Xinhuanet, September 24, 2006

Hong Kong
Beijing Courts Religious Leaders to Enhance United Front
SCMP, September 25, 2006

HK Delegates Plan More Active Role
SCMP, September 25, 2006