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.

Monday, March 19, 2007

March 17-19, 2007

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defender – Li Xige (李喜阁)

地方官软禁草根领袖 谁是中国艾滋防治绊脚石? (Henan Authorities Obstructing Work of AIDS Activists)
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2007
Although China recently allowed AIDS activist Dr. Gao Yaojie to go to the US to receive an award for her work, other lesser-known activists are being obstructed from carrying out their work. Both Zhu Longwei (朱龙伟) and Li Xige (李喜阁) have been under house arrest in Henan for nearly two months. Zhu was placed under house arrest in mid-January, after he was interviewed by a British journalist, and when he tried to attend a conference in Guangzhou, he was stopped by police. Li Xige has been under house arrest since early February and has not been allowed to communicate with the outside world.

Death Penalty

在全国率先落实最高法院等四部门相关规定 广州中院安排死刑犯刑前会见亲属 (From March 11, National Regulation Allows Death-Row Convicts to See Their Families Before Execution)
Legal Daily, March 19, 2007

Wen Dodges Question on Emissions
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2007

深公务员不作为要登报報道歉 (Shenzhen Civil Servants Must Publish Apology in Newspapers for Official Misconduct)
Wen Wei Po, March 19, 2007

Human Rights
既维权又执法缺少公正基础 吉林消协拥有执法权惹争议 (Jilin Consumer Rights Body Criticized for Dual Identity as Rights Defender and Law Enforcer)
Legal Daily, March 19, 2007

Human Rights Defenders
简要新闻:湖北维权人士刘飞跃目前处境危险 (In Brief: Stricter House Arrest for Hubei Rights Defender Liu Feiyue)
Radio Free Asia, March 19, 2007
inwen/ - liufeiyue

蜀国演义酒楼被判赔偿1万5 (Beijing Court Orders Restaurant to Compensate Plaintiff with 15,000 Yuan over Tainted Snails)
Legal Daily, March 19, 2007

一案激起千层浪 民告官诉讼击溃2700亩圈地计划 (Series of Administrative Litigations Halt Zhejiang Authorities' Plan to Conscribe 2,700 Mu [445 Acres] of Land)
Xinhuanet, March 18, 2007

简要新闻:官方媒体删除外国记者与温家宝有关赵紫阳一段问答 (Xinhua Removes Wen Jiabao's Remarks About Zhao Ziyang in Interview with French Journalist)
Radio Free Asia, March 19, 2007

中宣部禁止有关“反右”、“文革”等历史事件的出版物出版 (Ban of Publications on Anti-Rightist Campaign and Cultural Revolution Among Publicity Department's 17 Verbal Orders)
Radio Free Asia, March 17, 2007

广电总局再次要求查封网络电视台 (Eight Internet TV Stations Ordered to Shut Down Since Late Last Year), March 18, 2007

永州暴动事件当地居民被警告不得向外界发表意见 (Hunan Residents Warned Not to Discuss Riot with Outside World)
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2007

没收外媒记者证监控异见者 奥运言论自由蜜月期乃幻像? (Foreign Journalist’s Press Card Confiscated in Nanjing: What Does This Mean for Media Freedom Ahead of Olympics?)
Radio Free Asia, March 18, 2007

公安部:身份核查不涉隐私 (Ministry of Public Security: Identity Verification Will Not Infringe on Privacy)
The Beijing News, March 19, 2007

Wen's View Suggests No Early Plans for Change
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2007

'China Has Come Full Circle': Former Top Official
Radio Free Asia, March 17, 2007

One-Child Policy to Stay for Now
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2007

Protests and Petitions
Activists Challenge Status Quo in China
Associated Press (via YahooNews), March 17, 2007

简要新闻:访民郑大靖被被湖北驻京办事处拘禁 (In Brief: Hubei Government's Regional Office in Beijing Detains Petitioner Zheng Dajing)
Radio Free Asia, March 17, 2007
inwen/ - zhengdajing

两会结束上海访民解禁回家 讲述拘禁期间无尊严受虐待 (As "Two Sessions" Close, Released Shanghai Petitioners Reveal Abuses)
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2007

浙江天台访民徐江娇:打人者仍然逍遥法外 (Assailant of Zhejiang Petitioner Xu Jiangjiao Remains at Large)
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2007

吉林访民控诉警察如土匪 (Jilin Petitioner Calls Police “No Better Than Bandits”)
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2007

Animal Rights Movement on the Rise
South China Morning Post, March 18, 2007

Dalai Lama Must Give Up Secession, Says Premier
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2007