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, February 09, 2007

February 9, 2007

Top News of the Day
Death Penalty

Uyghur Activist Executed in China
Radio Free Asia, February 08, 2007

Ismail Semed, an ethnic Uyghur, was executed by a shot to his heart in Urumqi on February 8 for "attempting to split the motherland". This charge was based on the allegation that he was a founding member of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Beijing has outlawed as a terrorist group. Semed told the trial court that his confession was coerced. Two other Uyghurs who testified against him have since been executed.

Death Penalty

A Matter of Life and Death
Beijing Review, February 08, 2007

Human Rights Defender – Ching Cheong (程翔)
程翔送广州囚禁 (Ching Cheong Sent to Guangzhou to Serve Prison Term)
Ming Pao, February 09, 2007

Human Rights Defender – Huseyin Celil (塞利尔)
Celil's Desperate Family Had Given Up Hope
The Globe and Mail, February 08, 2007

Human Rights Defender – Liu Xinjuan (刘新娟)
上海市民上访维权被强送精神病院 (Liu Xinjuan Escapes from a Shanghai Psychiatric Hospital After Forced Admission)
Radio Free Asia, February 08, 2007

赔钱减刑,合法?合理?合情? (Are Damages for Lesser Punishments Justified?)
Nanfang Weekend, February 08, 2007

Beijing Tightens Media Grip with Penalty Points System
South China Morning Post, February 09, 2007

王楠7败痛哭 教练怒赶记者 (Coach Yells at Journalists After Their Coverage of Olympic Gold Medalist's Bad Performance)
Nanfang City News, February 09, 2007

Official Denies Banning Books
South China Morning Post, February 09, 2007

广西电视台两名记者帮农民工讨薪遭到暴力殴打 (Two Journalists Beaten for Covering Migrant Workers' Back-Pay in Guangxi), February 09, 2007

中国当局拒绝国际笔会中国分会秘书长张裕入境 (Secretary-General of Chinese PEN from Sweden Barred from Entering China After PEN's Meeting)
Radio Free Asia, February 08, 2007

Migrant Workers
Migrant Workers' Top Ten Cities
Xinhuanet, February 08, 2007

Multilateral Relations
Mixed Reaction at Development Meet to China's Africa Aid Push
Associated Press (via YahooNews), February 09, 2007

Jockeying Intensifies Ahead of China Party Summit
Reuters (via YahooNews), February 08, 2007

China to Name Those Who Skirt Child Policy
Associated Press (via YahooNews), February 08, 2007

Protests and Petitions
随州村民代表在被迫签署“不上访保证书”后获释 (Village Representative from Hubei Released Only After Signing a "No-Petitioning Assurance Letter")
Radio Free Asia, February 08, 2007

Public Health
Plan Issued for Dealing with Mass Illness Incidents
Xinhuanet, February 08, 2007

香港法轮功学员曾爱华案周一开庭 (Falungong Practitioner Who Resided in Hong Kong to Be Tried in Shanghai)
Radio Free Asia, February 08, 2007