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, March 08, 2007

March 8, 2007

Top News of the Day

Protests and Petitions
北京一百多上访人被带走 (Over 100 Beijing Petitioners Taken Away by Police)
Radio Free Asia, March 07, 2007
According to witnesses, public security officers took away over 100 petitioners in Beijing on March 7, as the NPC and CPPCC conferences were underway. Some longtime petitioners have reportedly been sent to reeducation-through-labor centers or placed under administrative detention.


Bilateral Ties
人权团体抨击奥地利训练中国军官 (Austria Criticized for Training China Military Officers)
BBC, March 08, 2007

China Not a Strategic Adversary: US Defense Chief
Agence France-Presse (via YahooNews), March 08, 2007

Chinese Children Die Due to Lack of Medical Care
Reuters, March 08, 2007

教育部部长:适时考虑城市义务教育免费工作 (Ministry of Education: Will Consider Extending Free Compulsory Education to Urban Areas), March 08, 2007

财政部:地方政府投入不够导致教育经费未达4% (Ministry of Finance: National Education Funding Fails to Hit Target of 4% of GDP Due to Insufficient Investments from Local Governments)
People's Daily, March 08, 2007

Shanxi City Shuts Polluting Factories
South China Morning Post, March 08, 2007

Spy-in-the-Sky System to Spot Delta's Worst Polluters
South China Morning Post, March 08, 2007

Laws Tighten Screws on Polluters
China Daily, March 07, 2007

今后全国人大会议妇女代表比例将不低于22% (Percentage of Women NPC Delegates to Be Set at No Less Than 22%), March 08, 2007

Human Rights Defenders - Wang Xiaoning (王小宁)
网上发文被中国判刑妻抵美诉雅虎 (Wife Arrives in US to Sue Yahoo for Revealing Information Leading to Imprisonment of her Dissident Husband)
Voice of America, March 06, 2007

Chinese Coal Mine Explosion Kills 15
Associated Press (via YahooNews), March 08, 2007

34万件 人民陪审员参审案件数 (People's Jurors Participate in the Trial of 340,000 Cases)
Legal Daily, March 08, 2007

《财经》传犯禁遭撤稿 (Caijing Magazine Reportedly Ordered to Remove Cover Story That Was Considered Too Sensitive)
Ming Pao, March 08, 2007

Internet Police Keep Tight Grip on Blogs
South China Morning Post, March 08, 2007

中国今年不增加新网吧 (China Will Not Allow New Internet Cafes to Open in 2007)
Radio Free Asia, March 06, 2007

专家称中国近期不会增加军费透明 (Expert Says China Will Not Increase Transparency of Military Expenditures)
Voice of America, March 07, 2007

Olympics Merchandise to Net $70m
China Daily, March 08, 2007

China Aims to Rid Dire Poverty by 2010
Xinhuanet, March 08, 2007

Protests and Petitions
湖北随州因征地拆迁发生警民冲突 (Hubei Villagers Clash with Police over Illegal Land Grab and Forced Eviction)
Voice of America, March 07, 2007

Public Health
Wu Yi Apologizes for High Medical Costs
China Daily, March 08, 2007

卫生部部长高强:新医改方案将向社会公示 (Ministry of Health Gao Qiang: The Plan for Health Care Reform Will Be Publicized for Public Consultation), March 08, 2007

中国家庭教联会副会长因聚会被拘留十天 (House Church Leader Dong Quanyu Put in 10-Day Detention After Meeting with Fellow House Church Leaders)
Radio Free Asia, March 07, 2007

Only Half Chinese Speak Mandarin
BBC, March 07, 2007

资深藏人平汪据报上书胡锦涛 (Senior Tibetan Scholar Urges President Hu Jintao to Allow Dalai Lama's Return in Open Letters)
BBC, March 08, 2007

Hong Kong
Beijing Warns on Push for Suffrage
South China Morning Post, March 08, 2007