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, February 25, 2008

February 23-25, 2008

Top News of the Day
Protests and Petitions

山东访民林英明被关进精神病院56天 (Shandong Petitioner Lin Yingming Already Detained in Psychiatric Hospital for 56 Days)
Radio Free Asia, February 23, 2008
Shandong petitioner Lin Yingming (林英明) is being held in a psychiatric hospital by the Rushan, Shandong police due to repeated petitions in Beijing. RFA speaks with Huang Qi (黄琦), head of Tianwang Human Rights Center, whose help Lin has requested many times; Huang states, "When they brought him to the hospital, they strapped him into the bed and for several days injected him with unknown chemicals. […] He has been again detained in a psychiatric hospital for 53 days, because he continues his accusations. […] We can tell from what he's said and what he's written that he is an extremely healthy person, including his mental health." Fellow petitioner Liu Zhengyou (刘正有) comments that petitioners being retrieved by local police and sent to a psychiatric hospital is hardly unusual, as public security bureaus are wont to stop petitioners by any means necessary.

Bilateral Ties

China Keen to Help Solve Darfur Conflict: Envoy
Agence France-Presse (available at YahooNews), February 24, 2008

Civil Society
China's State Council to Use Internet for Public Opinion
Xinhuanet, February 22, 2008

China Jails 17 for Deadly Coal Mine Blast
Reuters, February 24, 2008

Economic Development
Experts Warn Inflation in China Could Lead to Social Unrest
Voice of America, February 22, 2008

Pollution Fears Spark Outcry on Refinery Project
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2008 3a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=46db39c816c48110VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD

Rumours of Dam-building Leave Villagers Fearing for Their FutureSouth China Morning Post, February 25, 2008

中国政府又要“瘦身”? (Does the Chinese Government Want to Downsize Again?)
Radio Free Asia, February 23, 2008

Human Rights Defender
山东维权人士周孟新被警方带走 (Shandong Human Rights Defender Zhou Mengxin Carried Away by Police)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2008

Land Policy
On Solid Ground - Beijing's Landmark Edict on Land Rights for the Vast Rural Population Is a Powerful Signal of Change
South China Morning Post, February 23, 2008

How One Man in China Strengthens the Rule of Law
Christian Science Monitor, February 22, 2008

泛蓝成员张子霖被判刑两年 不服提出上诉 (Zhang Zilin Sentenced to Two Years, Plans to Appeal)
Radio Free Asia, February 22, 2008

China Asks Web Sites to Eradicate Porn, Violence
Reuters, February 22, 2008

Time to Worry About the Unthinkable – Failure
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2008

Olympics-Six China Provinces Ordered to Cut Pollution
Reuters, February 22, 2008

Public Health
中国现存艾滋病病毒感染者和病人约70万 (Approximately 700,000 People in China Currently Carry or Are Infected with HIV)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2008

Tibetans, Chinese Police Clash at Festival
Radio Free Asia, February 22, 2008

中国官员指疆独恐布集团有计划袭击奥运 (Chinese Official States that XUAR Separatist Group Is Planning a Surprise Attack During the Olympics)
Radio Free Asia, February 22, 2008