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, January 04, 2007

January 4, 2007

Top News of the Day

Human Rights Defenders - Sun Xiaodi (孫小弟)
Activist is Denied Medical Attention
South China Morning Post, January 04, 2007
Environmental activist Sun Xiaodi (孫小弟) has been denied medical treatment in Beijing for a potentially life-threatening tumor and is subject to constant harassment, according to a human rights organization. Sun was jailed in April 2005 for exposing a radiation poisoning scandal in Gansu, where he was a former employee of a state-owned uranium mine. He was diagnosed with an abdominal tumor recently and local authorities have rejected his application to go to Beijing for treatment.

内蒙新疆家庭教会庆祝圣诞活动受打压 (Crackdowns Reported on House Churches in Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang during Christmas)
Radio Free Asia, January 03, 2007
According to the China Aid Association, police raided the private homes of house church leaders in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, barring them from gathering with church followers for Christmas. About eight Mongolian Christians were taken away, with three reportedly still in detention after questioning, and a priest in Xinjiang is in critical condition after being beaten up by police.

China's Crackdown on Corruption Still Largely Secret
Washington Post, December 30, 2006

Food Security
Food Security at Risk: Report
China Daily, January 04, 2007

Freedom of Association
中国泛蓝联盟被迫取消网友聚会 (Pan-Blue Alliance Members Harassed and Forced to Cancel Public Meeting)
Radio Free Asia, January 03, 2007

Human Rights Defenders - Ching Cheong (程翔)
家屬:程翔被轉送北京天河監獄 (Jailed Journalist Ching Cheong Has Been Transferred to Tianhe Prison in Beijing, Family Says)
BBC, January 04, 2007

多部重要法律新年伊始实施 (A Number of Important New Laws Will Take Effect in January 2007)
Legal Daily, January 04, 2007

检察官办案禁说就是你干的” (Procurators Banned from Saying 10 Phrases to Suspects During Investigation)
The Beijing News, January 04, 2007

最高人民法院有关部门负责人解读:诉讼费下调 (Supreme People's Court Explains Measures on Lowering Fees for Lawsuits)
Xinhuanet, January 04, 2007

Chinese Gov'ts "Serve the Media, Not Manage Them"
Xinhuanet, January 04, 2007

Migrant Workers
调查:多数女农民工无产假 1成多单位发产假工资 (Survey: Most Employers Fail to Provide Maternity Leave for Migrant Workers)
Xinhuanet, January 04, 2007

Why China Wants You to Learn Chinese
The Christian Science Monitor, January 04, 2007

China's Henan Bans Abortion Drugs
BBC, January 03, 2007

Protests and Petitions
Fujian Villagers Block Road to Protest Pollution
Radio Free Asia, January 03, 2007

Public Health
近八成西部青年未享受医疗保障 (Nearly 80% of Youth in Western China Do not Enjoy Health Insurance)
China Youth Daily, January 04, 2007