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.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

February 7, 2007

Top News of the Day

Human Rights Defenders - Liu Fenggang (刘凤钢)
专访刚刚出狱的基督教活动人士刘凤钢 (Interview with Released House Church Leader Liu Fenggang)
Radio Free Asia, February 06, 2007

In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Zhejiang house church leader Liu Fenggang (刘凤钢) revealed that he was poorly treated in prison and was not given proper medical treatment for his heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. He had been previously denied release on medical parole. Liu was sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment on charges of gathering and providing state secrets to overseas organizations. He was released on February 4, 2007 and returned to his Beijing home on February 6, 2007.


Bilateral Ties
Africa Looks to China Because Beijing Ignores Abuses, Analysts Say, February 06, 2007

Get to Chinese Trial, Harper Tells Diplomats
Reuters (via YahooNews), February 06, 2007

Death Penalty
沈阳黑社会团伙主犯被判死刑 (Shenyang Gang Leader Sentenced to Death)
Legal Daily, February 07, 2007

Converting to Clean Energy 'Too Costly'
South China Morning Post, February 07, 2007

Climate Change 'Affecting' China
BBC, February 06, 2007

Freedom of Speech
International PEN Concerned About Writers' Freedom of Expression in China
Voice of America, February 06, 2007

國際筆會中國作家香港赴會受阻 (Chinese Writers Barred from Attending International PEN Conference Held in Hong Kong)
BBC, February 05, 2007

九位中国作家获赫尔曼-哈米特奖 (Rights Group Honors Nine Chinese Writers with Hellman/Hammett Prize)
Radio Free Asia, February 06, 2007

Human Rights Defenders - Gao Yaojie (高耀洁)
高耀洁处于软禁之中 近况受关注 (Chinese AIDS Activist Under House Arrest)
Radio Free Asia, February 06, 2007

China Foreign Ministry Ignorant of AIDS Doctor Ban
Reuters Alert Net, February 06, 2007

Human Rights Defenders - Yan Zhengxue (严正学)
律师表示当局对严正学的指控没有真凭实据 (Lawyer Says Subversion Charge Against Detained Artist Yan Zhengxue Groundless)
Radio Free Asia, February 06, 2007

网文揭露官药勾结 转帖者被取保候审 (Man Earlier Detained for Re-posting Article Revealing Corruption Scandal Released on Bail)
Nanfang City News, February 07, 2007

China Unblocks Taiwan Newspaper Web Sites
Washington Post, February 05, 2007

去年超过三十名记者在中国大陆被扣留 (Over 30 Journalists Detained in China Last Year, Committee to Protect Journalists Says)
Radio Free Asia, February 06, 2007

Lost-in-Translation Signs to Be Cleansed for Olympics
The Seattle Times, February 06, 2007

Protests and Petitions
武汉下岗职工上访代表被强迫送“党校培训” (Wuhan Worker Representatives Sent to Party School for 'Training' after Petitioning Against Dismissal Compensation)
Radio Free Asia, February 06, 2007

中国担心民间宗教扩张 (China Concerned over Growing Popularity of Religious Groups)
Radio Free Asia, February 07, 2007

维吾尔流亡人士集会纪念伊宁事件 (Uyghurs in Exile Protest at Chinese Embassy to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Yining Incident)
Voice of America, February 06, 2007