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, May 29, 2007

May 29, 2007

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defender - Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄)

郭飞雄见律师诉遭酷刑逼供 要求紧急向中央举报 (Guo Feixiong Tortured While Under Detention in February, Asks Lawyer to Report Incident to Beijing)
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2007

On May 28, Guo Feixiong told his lawyer that he had been tortured while being detained in Shenyang on February 12. He was beaten by a high-voltage electrical rod on his hands, face and reproductive organ. He was also slapped in the face many times. He committed suicide on February 13 but did not succeed. Refer to our "top news" on May 22 for more background information.


Embarrassing Setback on Emission Targets
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2007

四川立法禁止性骚扰 讲“荤”段子就是性骚扰 (Sichuan to Outlaw Sexual Harassment)
Xinhuanet, May 29, 2007

Human Rights Defender - Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
简要新闻: 维权人士陈光诚的妻子袁伟静被解除“监视居住” (In Brief: "Residential Surveillance" Removed for Wife of Rights Defender Chen Guangcheng)
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2007
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Human Rights Defender - Sun Xiaodi (孫小弟)
简要新闻:中国环保人士孙小弟遭袭击女儿被殴打 (In Brief: Environmentalist Sun Xiaodi and Daughter Beaten by Thugs)
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2007 -

June 4th
林和立引述解放军 「六四1170人死」 (Journalist Quotes a People's Liberation Army Contact that 1170 Dead during June 4th)
Ming Pao, May 29, 2007

“天安门母亲”周末首次在北京举行座谈会 ("Tiananmen Mothers" Hold First Conference in Beijing)
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2007

Land Policy
Industry Ponders Why China Canned Maglev Project
Associated Press (via YahooNews), May 28, 2007

Customs Puts Limit on Publications and Discs
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2007

Military Eases Rules for Ethnic Minorities
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2007

Olympic Missionaries Warned to Follow Rules
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2007

湖南一农妇在派出所离奇死亡 当局称自杀并强行火化尸体 (Hunan Hawker Found Dead in Police Station, Authorities Claimed Suicide But Cremated Corpse Without Family Permission)
Radio Free Asia, May 08, 2007

Protests and Petitions
京律师为广西村民辩护 (Beijing Lawyers to Defend Detainees in Guangxi Protest on One Child Policy)
Ming Pao, May 29, 2007

烟台两千民众聚集要求对话:“阳光工程不应只照官家” (2,000 Retired Workers and Soldiers Demand Dialogue with Shandong Authorities over Retirement Benefits)
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2007

Seeking Justice, Dodging Capture in Beijing
Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2007

Public Health
Chinese Warning over Toy Safety
BBC, May 28, 2007

Spiritual Deficit
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2007