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, April 20, 2007

April 20, 2007

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defender – Huseyin Celil (塞利尔)

Uygur-Canadian Gets Life Sentence for 'Terror Activities'
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2007
On April 19, Huseyin Celil (塞利尔) was sentenced to life in prison on separatism and terrorism charges by the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court. He was also deprived of his political rights for life. The court held that he had been active in a terrorist organization called the East Turkestan Liberation Organization. Originally from Xinjiang, Celil was recognized as a refugee; he obtained Canadian citizenship in 2005, but Beijing still considers him to be a Chinese citizen. He was detained in Uzbekistan in March 2006 while visiting relatives and was sent to China three months later.


防腐局提前本月成立 (CPC to Set Up Corruption Prevention Bureau This Month)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2007

Social Impact Reviews Urged to Prevent Uproar over Key Developments
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2007

北京放宽未成年子女落户条件 均可以随父进京 (New, More Lenient Policy Allows Children to Stay in Beijing with Fathers Who Only Have "Collective Hukou")
Xinhuanet, April 20, 2007

Human Rights Defender - Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫)
中国民主党人朱虞夫再度被拘留 (China Democracy Party Member Zhu Yufu and Son Placed Under Criminal Detention)
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2007

Human Rights Defenders
赣榆维权人士石福奎遭村干部殴打 (Jiangsu Rights Defender Beaten by Village Cadres for Revealing Excessive Fines for Violating One-Child Policy)
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2007

中国泛蓝联盟各地成员遭全面打压 (Pan-Blue Alliance Members Across China Harassed by Police)
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2007

刑事诉讼法修改能改变什么? (How Much Improvement Will Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law Bring?)
Nanfang Weekend, April 17, 2007

Tests for Entertainers
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2007

拉萨网吧安装电子监视器杜绝未成年人进入 (Lhasa Internet Cafes Install Electronic Surveillance Equipment to Bar Minors' Use)
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2007

Olympics Progress 'Considerable' But Pollution and Traffic an Issue
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2007

Beijing to Ban 1 Mln Vehicles During Olympic Games
Xinhuanet, April 19, 2007

China’s Elite Talk of Democracy in One-Party State
New York Times, April 19, 2007

广西百色是否强制堕胎 官员否认 (Guangxi Cadres Deny Compulsory Abortion)
Voice of America, April 19, 2007

Protests and Petitions
工人抗议扣薪挟持副市长 (Anhui Workers Keep Vice-Mayor in Factory over Wage Protest)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2007

重庆居民因拆迁问题欲跳桥自杀而获赔偿 (Chongqing Woman Receives Compensation for Eviction and Beating Following Suicide Threat)
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2007

Petitioning China
Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2007

Public Health
Shanghai Company Denies Singling Man Out for Hepatitis B
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2007