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.

Monday, April 28, 2008

April 26-28, 2008

Top News of the Day
Hong Kong

Torch Protest Trio Denied Entry to HK
South China Morning Post, April 27, 2008

Hong Kong Immigration has denied entry to three human rights activists from The Colour Orange. The activists had reportedly come to Hong Kong to participate in a peaceful protest. According to Legco member Albert Ho, who tried to assist their entry at the airport, HK Immigration did not intend to allow the activists to enter. Previously, the Secretary for Security had said that people could demonstrate peacefully during the torch relay.

Death Penalty

最高法院首次远程提讯死刑被告人 (Supreme Court Questions Defendant over Video Conference for Death Penalty Review)
Legal Daily, April 26, 2008

Death Toll Rises to 66 in East China Train Collision
Xinhuanet, April 28, 2008

Officials Contrite after Public Enraged by Brutal Attacks
South China Morning Post, April 28, 2008

Hong Kong
Legal Journal Refuses to Print Article on Tibet
South China Morning Post, April 26, 2008

Police Quiz Student on Protest Plan
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2008

Human Rights Defenders
杭州群警干扰维权人士茶聚 严控茶馆防止论政 (Hangzhou Police Disrupt Meeting of Democracy Activists; Detain Three)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2008

内蒙族人在洛中领馆前举牌 要求当局释放内蒙政党领袖 (Inner Mongolian Demonstrates outside L.A. China Embassy Demanding Authorities Release Hada and Soyolt)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2008

Related information:
IR2008: About the Individual: Hada
April 2008

Nobel Group Drops Broadcaster after China Censorship
Reuters, April 26, 2008

中国加强网络封锁 境内无法登陆境外网站 (China Strengthens Internet Blockade; Many Foreign Sites Inaccessible)
Radio Free Asia, April 26, 2008

Britain, US, Interpol Warn of Increased Terror Risk in China
Agence France-Presse (via Google), April 26, 2008

Lay off China, Olympics Chief Tells West
Agence France-Presse (available at YahooNews), April 26, 2008

NKorean Tries to Set Himself on Fire during Seoul Torch Run
Associated Press (available at YahooNews), April 27, 2008

Torch Supporters and Protesters Mark Japan Relay
Reuters, April 26, 2008

Protests and Petitions
北京奥运开始大规模截查访民 (In Lead up to the Olympics, Authorities Undertake Massive Measures to Stop Petitioners in Beijing)
Radio Free Asia, April 28, 2008

Protests over Media Coverage in LA, Vancouver, Stockholm
South China Morning Post, April 28, 2008

Scholars Warn against the Rise in 'Blind, Narrow Xenophobia'
South China Morning Post, April 28, 2008

Public Health
Virus Outbreak in Chinese City Kills 19 Children
Reuters, April 27, 2008

State Security
Security Clampdown on Canton Trade Fair
Financial Times, April 26, 2008

China Pours Scorn on Dalai Lama amid Tibet Talks Ire
Reuters, April 27, 2008

Dalai Lama Says Wants 'Serious' Talks with China
Associated Press (available at YahooNews), April 26, 2008

广东当局扣留一小厂制造的数千面“雪山狮子旗” (Guangdong Authorities Seize Thousands of Tibetan "Snow Lion" Flags Produced at Local Factory)
Radio Free Asia, April 27, 2008

Nepal Police Detain 80 Tibetan Protesters
Agence France-Presse (available at YahooNews), April 27, 2008

Tibetan Writer Says Her Blog Has Been Hacked Again
Associated Press (available at South China Morning Post), April 28, 2008

Uighurs Struggle in a World Reshaped by Chinese Influx
Christian Science Monitor, April 28, 2008

新疆普通高校将把军训计入学分 (Xinjiang College and University Students to Receive Course Credit for Military Training)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2008

乌鲁木齐市警方年内试点审讯全程录音录像 (Urumqi Police to Start Pilot Program of Recording Criminal Interrogations)
Xinhuanet, April 25, 2008