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.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 11, 2007

Top News of the Day

自贡民告警非法关押案败诉 官员庭外操控结局早定? (Sichuan Villagers Lose Lawsuit over Illegal Detention, Complain Court Was Controlled by Authorities)
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2007

On May 10, six Sichuan villagers lost a lawsuit against local police, whom they alleged had illegally detained them after a land grab protest. They villagers complained that the court was controlled by government officials. For example, the court did not summon any of the defendants' witnesses to testify in court, and the villagers were frequently interrupted when trying to make their case. Also, the videotape of the protest provided by the police did not show any police beatings, even though villagers said there was.

Bilateral Ties

Envoy to Africa Will Focus on Darfur
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

简要新闻:德国联邦议讨论谴责中国劳改制度的提案 (In Brief: German Parliament Discusses Motion Condemning China's Reeducation-Through-Labor System)
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2007

Polluters Face Automated Monitoring
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

Food Security
China to Start Mobile Food Testing
Associated Press (via YahooNews), May 10, 2007

Freedom of Speech
穆嘉:研究中国的学者存在多种形式的自我审查 (Hong Kong-Based Scholar Criticizes Self-Censorship Among China Scholars)
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2007

世卫代表敦促中国减少妇女自杀 (WHO Urges China to Reduce Suicide Among Women)
BBC, May 09, 2007

Officials Punished for Spate of Accidents
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

海淀原区长周良洛案涉违规批地 (Former Head of Local District in Beijing Suspected of Land Corruption)
The Beijing News, May 10, 2007

Human Rights
Lo Haocai Elected Head of China's Top Human Rights Research Body
Xinhuanet, May 10, 2007

Human Rights Defenders
Wife Steps Into Anti-Pollution Warrior's Shoes After His Arrest
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

江西乐平市村民举报村支书贪污被砍断手指 (Jiangxi Villager's Fingers Chopped Off for Reporting Corruption)
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2007

In Brief: Internet Firms Apologise for Morally Corrupt Content
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

Race Is on to Clean Waterways by Olympic Games Deadline
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

Pressure China on Rights, MPs Say
The Globe and Mail, May 10, 2007

解决处置群体事件“非常紧迫”为哪般? (Why Is Work to Urge Petitioners to Return Home So Urgent?)
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2007

Autopsy Rejects Car Accident in Teacher's Death
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

Hospitals to Use Police to Curb Conflicts
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007

Protests and Petitions
汕头村民围工厂限期搬走 抗议非法占地 骚乱蔓延邻镇 (Victims of Land Grab in Guangdong Surround Factory After Week-long Standoff, Demand That Factory Move Away)
Ming Pao, May 11, 2007

湖北访民遭法警殴打并拘留 多次上访无果 (Judge Tells Beaten and Detained Hubei Petitioner That Rule of Law Means Using the Law to Rule Petitioners)
Radio Free Asia, May 09, 2007

Public Health
外地儿童短期无法在京入医保 (Children Not from Beijing Not Allowed Medical Insurance in the Capitol)
The Beijing News, May 11, 2007

民权县公安包庇黑社会 歧视艾滋病人 (HIV/AIDS Patients in Henan Beaten by Thugs; Police Protect Thugs and Hold Victims for 24 Hours)
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2007

State Security
China Reticent over Reportedly 'Dead' Leader
Agence France-Presse (via YahooNews), May 10, 2007