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, November 21, 2006

November 21, 2006

Top News of the Day
Stop Torturing Suspects to Get Confessions, Says Prosecutor
SCMP, November 21, 2006
A deputy procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate has called on mainland police to stop using torture. He said at least 30 wrongful verdicts were due to confessions extracted by torture or other coercive tactics every year, and nearly every wrongful verdict in recent years was related to illegal interrogation. China previously had denied claims made by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture that torture was still widely practiced in the country.

Death Penalty
Innocent Man Who Made China Rethink Death Penalty
The Times, November 21, 2006,,3-2461218,00.html

教育部等五部委出台5项措施支持高校毕业生就业 (Ministry of Education Announces Key Measures to Boost Employment of College Graduates)
People's Daily, November 21, 2006

Human Rights
Some of China's Stories Untold at Exhibit on Human Rights
Washington Post, November 18, 2006

Human Rights Defender - Ching Cheong (程翔)
Journalist Jailed for Spying May Soon Get New Trial, Says Watchdog
SCMP, November 21, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Huseyincan Celil (塞利尔)
PM's Push on Celil Cheers Family
The Hamilton Spectator, November 20, 2006

Human Rights Defender - Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
陈光诚案证人受威胁 家属质疑重审公正性 (Witnesses in Chen Guangcheng's Case Threatened; Family Questions Fairness of the Retrial)
Radio Free Asia, November 20, 2006

Land Policy
Developers Face Double Fees to Save Farmland
SCMP, November 21, 2006

土地新政落实离不开第三只眼 (Implementation of New Land Policy Requires Public Supervision)
Legal Daily, November 21, 2006

司法部着手准备人民调解立法 (NPC and State Council Prepare Mediation Law)
Legal Daily, November 21, 2006

最高法正研究修订法院组织法 (Supreme People's Court Considers Amending the Organic Law of People's Court)
Legal Daily, November 21, 2006

Xinjiang Hepatitis Students Battle School Ban
Radio Free Asia, November 20, 2006

Free Media for Harmony
The Standard, November 20, 2006

Migrant Workers
留守少年儿童已达2000多万 (Number of "Left Behind" Migrant Workers' Children Exceeds 20 Million)
China Youth Daily, November 21, 2006

T-shirt Man Still Being Held After Dog Protest
SCMP, November 21, 2006

Beijing Building the Olympic Dream
BBC, November 20, 2006

Protests and Petitions
Ban on Powered Bikes Draws Fire
SCMP, November 21, 2006

甘肃出台新规:省委书记省长等领导须亲自接访 (New Rule in Gansu Stipulates that Provincial Heads Must Hear Important Petitions)
Xinhuanet, November 21, 2006

Village Locked down After Police Free Hostage Officials
SCMP, November 21, 2006

中国人权展有访民被抓 (Petitioners Taken Away at China's Human Rights Exhibition)
Radio Free Asia, November 20, 2006

Public Health
Capital's HIV Cases Continue to Rise
SCMP, November 21, 2006

专家对中国执行宗教条例看法不一 (Experts Divided on Effects of the Religious Affairs Regulation)
Voice of America, November 21, 2006

Muslim Voices Rising in China
The Boston Globe, November 19, 2006

Social Security
PBoC Chief Urges China Deal with Pension Crisis
Financial Times, November 21, 2006

Tibetans Protest Chinese Leader's Visit to India
AFP (via YahooNews), November 20, 2006