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, January 26, 2007

January 26, 2007

Top News of the Day
Gender - Trafficking of Women
歹徒杀人卖尸办冥婚 (Women in Shaanxi Murdered and Sold to Families to Marry Their Dead Sons)
Ming Pao, January 26, 2007
A number of women have been murdered in Shaanxi Province in the past several months and sold to families in neighboring Shanxi Province whose sons have died. These families believe their dead sons and the dead women they bought would get married in the underworld. According to reports, there were insufficient dead female bodies, so women were murdered and sold for large sums of money. Three suspected murderers have been arrested.

Bilateral Ties
European Parliament Debates Human Rights in China
UNPO, January 24, 2007

Anti-Graft Watchdog Must Be Free of Local Influence, Says Party School
South China Morning Post, January 26, 2007

Death Penalty
Death Penalty and Jail Terms for Drug Dealer Family
Xinhuanet, January 25, 2007

Economic Development
Mainland Growth the Fastest in 11 Years
South China Morning Post, January 26, 2007

Maximum Fine over China Pollution
BBC, January 26, 2007

Human Rights Defenders - Internet Activists
北京法院驳回杨子立案重审申请 (Beijing Court Refuses to Retry Yang Zili)
Radio Free Asia, January 26, 2007

Human Rights Defender – Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
探视日不准陈光诚会见家人 律师指违法不人道 (Family Not Allowed to See Chen Guangcheng on Prison's Visiting Day)
Radio Free Asia, January 25, 2007

Land Policy
Warning of Social Unrest over Home Costs on Mainland
South China Morning Post, January 26, 2007

No Compensation Adds Insult to Injury for Victims of Crime
South China Morning Post, January 26, 2007

Blackmailing by Journalists in China Seen as 'Frequent'
Washington Post, January 25, 2007

维权人士:中国似收紧控制互联网 (Rights Defenders Find China Tightening Internet Control)
Voice of America, January 25, 2007

Migrant Workers
China Strains to Fit Migrants into Mainstream Classes
New York Times, January 26, 2007

城市发展不能以伤农为代价 (Cities Cannot Develop at the Expense of Migrant Workers' Health)
Legal Daily, January 26, 2007

政务咨询刘淇直奔奥组委摊位” ("Floating Population Administrators" to Monitor Population Flow at Local Levels in Beijing)
The Beijing News, January 26, 2007

China Promises to Make Visa Application Easier for Olympics
People's Daily, January 26, 2007

Gov't Aims for 3 Mln Chinese to Escape Poverty in 2007
Xinhuanet, January 26, 2007

Protests and Petitions
专访代表探讨花楼街理性维权 (Representatives in Hunan Interviewed on How to Defend Rights)
Radio Free Asia, January 25, 2007

随州农民追讨徵地补偿受到流氓骚扰和恐吓 (Victims of Land Grabs in Hubei Threatened by Thugs Allegedly Employed by Local Authorities)
Radio Free Asia, January 25, 2007

克拉玛依区一商贩因上访被行政拘留 (Xinjiang Vendor Detained for 15 Days for Petitioning over Demolition of Market Stall)
Radio Free Asia, January 25, 2007

Three Gorges
审计署:部分三峡移民安置质量不高就业生活困难 (Audit Department: Some of Those Resettled by Three Gorges Project Were Undercompensated)
People's Daily, January 26, 2007