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, October 18, 2006

October 18, 2006

Top News

Media - Censorship / Press Freedom
Scholar Held after Raid on Home
SCMP, October 18, 2006
Dissident scholar and publisher Ding Dong, 55, was detained for 12 hours yesterday by 20 uniformed and plain-clothes police officers for trying to publish a book by late liberal democrat He Jaidong. He was taken away after the police raided his home and took away his computer, more than 200 books and some manuscripts. He was returned home 5:30am today. Ding refused to reveal the reason for his interrogation, but was disappointed that He's book might not be published.

廈大開設高爾夫球課引起爭議 (Controversy on Compulsory Golf Lessons for Law and Business Students at Xiamen University)
BBC, October 18, 2006

A Fresh Stink
SCMP, October 18, 2006

UN Warning Could See Dams Scrapped
SCMP, October 18, 2006

Government - Governance and Accountability
湖南学生离奇死亡 官员涉嫌掩盖真相 (Hunan Officials Criticized on Secondary Student's 'Mysterious' Death)
Radio Free Asia, October 17, 2006

Human Rights Defenders - Rights Defender Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠)
郑恩宠仍被限制自由 郭起真被判刑4年 (Rights Lawyer Zheng Enchong Placed Under House Arrest, Dissident Writer Guo Qizhen Sentenced for Four Years)
Radio Free Asia, October 17, 2006

北京家政合同禁止成年异性与保姆同居一室引争议 (Controversy in Beijing over Domestic Helpers Sharing Rooms with Minors of Opposite Sex)
Xinhuanet, October 18, 2006

Drive to Clean up China’s Coalmine Heartland
Financial Times, October 18, 2006,dwp_uuid=9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html0000779e

China Sets up Expert Testimony Administration
People's Daily, October 18, 2006

国家赔偿不赔“精神”带出的问号 (Questions Raised on Mental Damages Not Covered under State Compensation Law)
Legal Daily, October 18, 2006

Media - Internet Censorship
China Internet Rumor-mongers Face Fines: Report
Reuters (via YahooNews), October 18, 2006

Media - Censorship / Press Freedom
Press Freedom is Gaining Momentum on Mainland, Says Outspoken Academic
SCMP, October 17, 2006

Beijing Doubles Plain-clothes Police to Make Public 'Feel Safer'
AFP (via YahooNews), October 18, 2006

中国最富的150万个家庭占有70%的财富 (1.5 Million Households Share 70% of China's Wealth)
China Youth Daily, October 18, 2006

Plan to Lift the Poorest Villages out of Poverty
SCMP, October 18, 2006

Public Health - HIV-AIDS/STDs
中国艾滋病传播方式已与非洲相似 (China and Africa Share Similarities in AIDS Transmission)
Voice of America, October 17, 2006