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, February 21, 2008

February 21, 2008

Top News of the Day
Human Rights Defender – Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠)

郑恩宠周三再遭殴打 冯正虎公开信吁中央介入 (Zheng Enchong Beaten Again; Rights Defense Scholar Calls for Central Government's Intervention)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2008
Following Zheng Enchong's (郑恩宠) repeated beatings over the past two weeks, noted Shanghai rights defense scholar Feng Zhenghu (冯正虎) issued an open letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao on February 20. Zheng was beaten twice last week on Feb. 16 and 17; on Feb. 20 he was summoned by the police for a tax issue and was beaten again. Many have called out in response, including Feng Zhenghu. Feng's letter was simultaneously published online and calls on the authorities to adopt measures to stop the Shanghai police from persecuting Zheng and placing him under house arrest.
Related Information:
HRIC Press Release: Zheng Enchong Detained and Beaten
Again Human Rights in China, February 20, 2008

China Factories Move Inland to Avoid Green Scrutiny
Reuters, February 20, 2008

南京出台办法鼓励实名举报 (Nanjing's New Regulations Encourage the Use of One's Actual Name When Reporting Crimes)
Xinhuanet, February 20, 2008

张子霖案一审结束将于周五宣判 (Zhang Zilin's Case Concluded; Verdict to Be Issued Friday)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2008

北京市公安局:赠阅"艳照门"图片系违法 (Beijing Police Say Electronically Circulating over 200 Sexy Pictures Constitutes a Felony)
People's Daily (available at Xinhuanet), February 20, 2008

China Extends Ban on Foreign Cartoons
Associated Press (available at YahooNews), February 20, 2008

Olympics Helpers Not Chosen Based on Beauty, Says Shanghai
South China Morning Post, February 21, 2008

Sponsors Stand by Games Amid Political Storm
South China Morning Post, February 21, 2008

British Foreign Secretary: Boycotts of Beijing Olympics Are Not the Right Path
Xinhuanet, February 20, 2008

China Defends Relocation Policy
Washington Post, February 20, 2008

Relocated Beijingers Were Not 'Forced Out'
China Daily, February 20, 2008

China Media, Public Angered by Spielberg
Associated Press (available at YahooNews), February 20, 2008

北京市文件称奥运期间防敌对人员 (Document of Local Authorities in Beijing Gives Orders to Effectively Monitor "Enemies" During the Olympics)
Voice of America, February 20, 2008

Protests and Petitions
河北访民计划到香港游行请愿被阻 (Henan Petitioners Barred from Petitioning to Hong Kong)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2008

China Official Explains Religion Policy
Associated Press (available at YahooNews), February 20, 2008

两名家庭教会女教师被公安带走后下落不明 (Two Female House Church Teachers Taken Away by Police; Whereabouts Unknown)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2008

Tibetan Language Seen Hurt by China's Neglect
Reuters, February 20, 2008

Rights Group Demands Inquiry on Deadly China Raid
Agence France-Presse (available at YahooNews), February 20, 2008