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.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

February 6, 2007

Top News of the Day
Media / Human Rights Defender - Gao Yaojie (高耀洁)

China Tightens Controls on Own Media
Associated Press (via YahooNews), February 05, 2007

International PEN said yesterday that 20 Chinese writers were prevented from attending its international conference in Hong Kong over the weekend. Some of them were warned not to go and some had their travel documents seized. In addition, Gao Yaojie (高耀洁), a retired doctor in her 80s, was detained at her home in Henan Province, apparently to prevent her from applying for a US visa so she could receive an award by the Vital Voices Global Partnership. Gao gained recognition in the late 1990s for her efforts to alert people in Henan to an AIDS outbreak being spread by tainted blood transfusions.

Bilateral Ties
Thanks China, Now Go Home: Buy-up of Zambia Revives Old Colonial Fears
The Guardian, February 05, 2007,,2005902,00.html

中央将对副处级以上领导干部进行婚姻及家庭涉外情况普查 (CPC to Look Into Marriage and Family Situation of Senior Cadres)
Radio Free Asia, February 05, 2007

China and UN Plan Carbon Trading Exchange
Financial Times, February 06, 2007

面对按表决器的手,请记者克制职业冲动 (Commentary: Journalists Should Not Record How People's Delegates Vote)
China Youth Daily, February 06, 2007

Human Rights Defender - Yan Zhengxue (严正学)
律师会见严正学说案有重大隐情严将以死抗争 (Yan Zhengxue Indicted for “Participating in a Hostile Organization,” Says He Will Commit Suicide If Given Long Sentence)
Radio Free Asia, February 05, 2007

Land Policy
Action Plea on Self-Funded Homes
South China Morning Post, February 06, 2007

目击者谈成都暴力拆迁烧死人事件的细节 (Witnesses Say Evictors Set Fire to Hostel in Chengdu, Evictee Burnt to Death)
Radio Free Asia, February 05, 2007

南京晨报记者采访时遭殴打 (Nanjing Journalist Beaten After Newspaper Challenges Zoo on Origin of Polar Bear)
Radio Free Asia, February 06, 2007

中国电影局禁止《苹果》参加柏林电影节 (China Film Bureau Bans Film from Competing in Berlin International Film Festival)
Radio Free Asia, February 05, 2007

Online Marxist Archive Blames China for Electronic Attacks
International Herald Tribune, February 05, 2007

Official Warned Against Votes Lobbying
China Daily, February 06, 2007

民盟内蒙古支部成员指责政府操控民盟选举 (China Democracy League's Inner Mongolia Branch Condemns CPC for Manipulating Election)
Radio Free Asia, February 05, 2007

Protests and Petitions
Migrants Target Supportive Paper in Row over Back Pay
South China Morning Post, February 06, 2007

Public Health
Chinese Scholars Call for Better Protection of Labor Rights of HBV Carriers
Xinhuanet, February 05, 2007