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, November 10, 2006

November 10, 2006

Top News of the Day
Death Penalty
Courts to Ease Up on Death Penalties
SCMP, November 10, 2006
Supreme People's Court president Xiao Yang said yesterday that China did not have the sufficient social and cultural conditions to abolish the death penalty, but he advised judges to use "the death penalty with reprieve" in special circumstances, one of which was that defendants showed "sincere repentance" and offered compensation for losses they caused.

Death Penalty
湖南省高级法院原院长吴振汉一审被判处死缓 (Former President of Hunan Higher People's Court Given Death Sentence with Two-year Reprieve on Corruption Charges), November 10, 2006

In Brief: Man Sentenced to Death for Butchering 7 Women
SCMP, November 10, 2006

沈阳“1·18”案主犯张显光领死刑 (Man Sentenced to Death on Murder and Robbery Charges, Will Appeal)
Legal Daily, November 10, 2006

我国环境政策法律有效性及效率有待提高 (OECD Invited to Comment on Environmental Policies, Finds Implementation Problems)
Legal Daily, November 10, 2006

Xinjiang's Battle Against the Desert
Asia Times Online, November 10, 2006

Human Rights Defenders
In Brief: Democracy Campaigner Freed After 7 Years
SCMP, November 10, 2006

泛滥联盟成员张子霖被拘留 ("Pan-blue Alliance" Member Zhang Zilin Gone Missing, May Be Detained)
Radio Free Asia, November 09, 2006

City Jobless Will Not Top 5pc: Report
SCMP, November 10, 2006

前10月事故死亡人数降4.7% (Number of Accidental Deaths in Beijing Drops by 4.7 Percent in First 10 Months of 2006)
The Beijing News, November 10, 2006

中国“目前煤矿事故出现回潮和反复” (Coal Mine Accidents Return in China)
Radio Free Asia, November 09, 2006

First Rules Issued on Academic Fraud After Spate of Scandals
SCMP, November 10, 2006

China Convicts All but 0.66 Pct of Trial Defendants
Reuters (via YahooNews), November 09, 2006

Being Reporter "Third Most Dangerous Job in China"
Reuters, November 09, 2006

中国博客超过三千万 (Number of China's Bloggers Exceeds 30 Million)
Radio Free Asia, November 09, 2006

Multilateral Relations
New WHO Chief Chan Vows to Use Leverage on Secretive China
AFP (via YahooNews), November 09, 2006

Bill to Reignite Ownership Debate
SCMP, November 10, 2006

中国人口发展面临挑战素质需提高 (Quality of Population Needs Improvement: Chinese Cadre)
Voice of America, November 09, 2006

Protests and Petitions
Police Clash with Villagers Holding 'Corrupt' Officials
SCMP, November 10, 2006

中国群体性事件数字锐减引发置疑 (Drastic Decrease in Number of Mass Incidents Questioned)
Voice of America, November 08, 2006

Public Health
医药调价:利益博弈越前移政策质量越高 (Commentary: Debates on Proposed Increase in Drug Cost Will Improve Quality of Health Policy)
China Youth Daily, November 10, 2006

First Free Aids Clinic Opens
SCMP, November 10, 2006

Hepatitis Expulsion Hearing Delayed
SCMP, November 10, 2006

Knowledge of HIV Is Poor Among Officials, Says Survey
SCMP, November 10, 2006