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, February 01, 2007

February 1, 2007

Top News of the Day

Protests and Petitions
女村民上访浙江人大被天台县政府拘禁 (Village Woman Detained for Attempting to Petition Zhejiang NPC Representatives)
Radio Free Asia, January 31, 2007

A female petitioner from a village in Tiantai county, Zhejiang, was illegally detained in a guest house in her home county by the police, after attempting to petition Zhejiang NPC Representatives outside the People's Hall in the provincial capital on January 30, 2007. She was forcefully repatriated to Tiantai county and placed in a guest house under close surveillance. She is barred from leaving and has yet to be released from the guest house. She has been petitioning against abuses and corrupt officials in her locality.


Bilateral Ties
China Aims to Bring Peace Through Deals with Dictators and Warlords
The Times, January 31, 2007,,3-2575808,00.html

反映童工的电影《中国正蓝》在欧美放映 (A Film on Child Labour in China Screens in U.S. and Europe )
Radio Free Asia, January 31, 2007

Civil Society
抓紧修订《社团登记管理条例》 (Ministry of Civil Affairs to Strenthen Efforts to Revise the Regulations for the Registration and Management of Social Organizations)
Legal Daily, February 01, 2007

Pension Fund Scam Involves at Least 20
South China Morning Post, February 01, 2007

调查显示广东免费义务教育部分经费被挪用 (Survey: Some Funds for Free Compulsory Education Embezzled), February 01, 2007

Killing Puts Focus on Corruption in Chinese News Media
New York Times, January 31, 2007

Death Penalty
赔钱减刑该用怎样的眼光审视 (Examining the Proposal "Money Compensation for Death Penalty Reprieve")
Legal Daily, February 01, 2007

中国评论﹕刑事判决岂能因钱而异 (Commentary: Criminal Verdict Shouldn't Be Amended for Money)
Ming Pao, February 01, 2007

International Campaign Unlikely to Halt Executions in China
Agence France-Presse (via YahooNews), February 01, 2007

广东省环保局回应洋垃圾事件:80%废品来自国内 (80% of Waste Dumped into the Sea Are From China, Says Guangdong Environmental Bureau Official)
People's Daily, February 01, 2007

国务院14部门调研户籍制度 (14 State Council Departments Ordered to Study the Feasibility of Deepening Hukou Reform)
The Beijing News, January 31, 2007

Human Rights Defenders – Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄)
广州第三次拒绝郭飞雄取保候审 (Guangzhou Public Security Bureau Refuses Guo Feixiong's Third Bail Application)
Radio Free Asia, January 31, 2007

中国禁书事件:官民拉据中切开言论空间 (Book's Ban Sparks Controversy on Society's Freedom of Speech), February 01, 2007

Washington Urged to Confront China on Internet Censorship
The Age (Australia), January 31, 2007

China to Provide Free Family Planning Services to Migratory Population
People's Daily, February 01, 2007

Protests and Petitions
浙江洞头县以漏税罪名逮捕并扣押维权渔民代表 (Zhejiang Fishermen Representatives Arrested and Detained for Tax Evasion After Petitioning Against Local Officials)
Radio Free Asia, January 31, 2007

中国政府软硬兼施减少农村抗争?(How Does the Chinese Government Reduce Rural Conflicts with a Carrot-and-Stick Approach?)
Voice of America, January 30, 2007

勞資糾紛威脅中國社會穩定 (Labor Disputes Threaten China's Social Stability)
BBC, January 30, 2007

Public Health
Canada Rights Team Decries China 'Organ Tourism'
Reuters (via YahooNews), February 01, 2007

Rural Issues
学者称中国无力解决农村内在问题 (China Can't Solve Intrinsic Rural Issues, Says Scholar)
Voice of America, January 30, 2007

Prostitutes Flooding in: Dalai Lama
South China Morning Post, February 01, 2007

Tibetans Tortured After Arrest: Witness
South China Morning Post, February 01, 2007

中国与新疆独立势力争夺青年一代 (China and Xinjiang Pro-independence Group Compete to Gain Influence in the Minds of Xinjiang Youth
Voice of America, January 30, 2007