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, December 08, 2006

December 8, 2006

Top News of the Day
北京为奥运将拆迁22个城中村 (22 Migrant Villages to Be Demolished for Olympics)
Radio Free Asia, December 07, 2006
Twenty-two villages inhabited by migrant workers are to be demolished for the Olympics by June 2007. About 150 other villages in Beijing have already been demolished. About a quarter of Beijing's 15 million population are migrant workers. According to Human Rights in China's spokesperson Feng Congde, these are the last 22 areas in Beijing where migrant workers lived that have not yet been demolished, and many of the workers who lived in those villages were evicted with no compensation.

Bilateral Ties
China Loans Create ‘New Wave of Africa Debt’
Financial Times, December 08, 2006

中国评论﹕高薪养廉 缘木求鱼 (Commentary: Wage Increase Alone Can Not Reduce Corruption)
Ming Pao, December 08, 2006

China Moves Quietly to Keep Its Cadres Honest
Los Angeles Times, December 07, 2006

Freedom of Speech
余杰名誉侵权案终审败诉 打击公众舆论监督? (Writer Yu Jie Loses Libel Case, Ordered to Pay 10,000 Yuan in “Emotional Damages”)
Radio Free Asia, December 07, 2006

Gay Man Accuses Tsinghua of Discrimination
China Daily, December 07, 2006

乌市停暖事件相关方互相推诿 (Government Departments Pass Responsibility to Each Other During 5-day Heat Stoppage in Urumqi)
The Beijing News, December 08, 2006

Human Rights
寿光农民工普法工作颇见成效 (Legal Publicity Work for Migrant Workers in Shouguang, Shandong)
Legal Daily, December 08, 2006

Shenzhen Defends Shaming of Prostitutes
SCMP, December 08, 2006

Human Rights Defender – Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
Chinese Activist Says Officials Ordered His Torture
Radio Free Asia, December 07, 2006

首席调解员取代民间和事佬 (Mediation System Formalized in Dingxi, Gansu Province)
Legal Daily, December 08, 2006

Migrant Workers
深圳:农民工将与户籍居民平起平坐 (Migrant Workers to Enjoy Same Benefits as Residents That Have Hukou in Shenzhen)
China Youth Daily, December 08, 2006

现费用难题面"择城"困扰 打工子弟教育现状调查 (Survey on Education for Migrant Workers' Children in Beijing)
Legal Daily, December 08, 2006

Games Construction Office Gets New Chief
SCMP, December 08, 2006

Protests and Petitions
成都百多名商户到法院门前示威维权 (Over 100 Shop Owners Protest Corruption at Sichuan Courts)
Radio Free Asia, December 07, 2006

Public Health
Fake Drugs Highlight Bootleg Ills
The Standard, December 08, 2006

North Korea
U.S. Urges China to Pressure North Korea on Rights
Reuters (via YahooNews), December 07, 2006