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.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

September 30 - October 3, 2006

Top News of the Day

Human Rights Defenders – Lawyer - Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄)
Detained Rights Activist and Lawyer Formally Arrested
SCMP, October 03, 2006
Rights activist Yang Maodong (杨茂东), also known as Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), was formally arrested on September 28, after being taken into police custody more than two weeks ago, according to his wife. He is being held for allegedly running an illegal business. His wife said that the arrest was a trick in order to prevent them from applying for bail for her husband, which was scheduled for September 29. Guo was involved in helping villagers in Taishi Village, Guangdong Province to recall their headman due to corruption allegations last year, for which he was arrested and held for nearly four months.

Bilateral Ties
中国在非洲的投资 (China's Investment in Africa)
Radio Free Asia, September 30, 2006

巴罗佐:中国限制媒体也是贸易问题 (European Commission President Barroso: China's Censorship of the Media is Also a Trade Issue)
BBC, September 30, 2006

Anti-graft Drive Takes on New Urgency as Heads Roll and Hu Feels the Heat
SCMP, October 02, 2006

Death Penalty
Former Lawmaker Executed in NE China for Corruption
People's Daily, September 30, 2006

Gender - Sexuality
中国同性恋处境有改善但仍有歧视 (Despite Progress Made, Social Stigma Against Homosexuals Remains)
Voice of America, September 29, 2006

中国将建劳动用工登记制度 (China to Launch Labor Registration System to Curb Child Labor)
The Beijing News, October 02, 2006

最高法劳动争议司法解释101日开始实施(解读) (Supreme People's Court Issues Interpretation of Questions Regarding Labor Dispute Law, Effective October 1)
Xinhuanet, October 01, 2006

China Mine Explosion Kills 13: Xinhua
Reuters (via YahooNews), September 30, 2006

Land Policy
土地清查风暴10月拉开序幕 问责地方一把手 (Storm Rages Over Who Is Responsible for Illegal Land Grabs Nationwide), October 03, 2006

Media - Censorship / Press Freedom
对婚外恋题材电视剧,监管部门酝酿限制 (China's Censors to Clamp Down on Extramarital Affairs in TV Soap Operas)
Xinhuanet, October 02, 2006

Population - One-Child Policy
Sex Selection Should be Criminalised: Researcher
SCMP, October 03, 2006

One-Child Policy 'Will Not Change'
People's Daily, September 30, 2006

Protests and Petitions
Shanghai’s Disgruntled Want Pensions Mao Cost Them
Financial Times, October 03, 2006

上访数量12年首降 (Number of Petitions Drops for First Time in 12 Years)
Ming Pao, October 03, 2006

.一天安门广场上访者被抓 (Petitioners at Tiananmen Square Taken Away by Police on National Day)
Radio Free Asia, October 02, 2006

中国两名地下教会神父被刑拘 (Two Underground Catholic Priests Arrested in Zhejiang for Illegally Visiting Vatican)
Radio Free Asia, October 02, 2006

In China, Churches Challenge the Rules
Washington Post, October 01, 2006

Rural Issues
Mao's Ill-conceived Dam Still a Curse for Villagers
SCMP, October 03, 2006

让农民拥有自己的组织 (Let the Farmers Organize Themselves)
Nanfang Weekend, September 28, 2006

Three Gorges
300,000 to Move for Three Gorges
SCMP, October 03, 2006