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, August 15, 2008

August 15, 2008

Top News
Protests and Petitions

Olympic Games: Climbers Held over Tibet Banner Protest in Beijing
The Guardian, August 15, 2008

Early in the morning on August 15, two foreign activists climbed the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing and unfurled a banner reading “Free Tibet” in Chinese and English. Three additional foreign activists stood below to ensure the climbers’ safety. The five, all a part of Students for a Free Tibet, were arrested approximately 30 minutes after security officials first saw the climbers.

Bilateral Ties

US Officials under Fire after HK-Born Man Dies in Custody
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2008

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Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands
New York Times, August 13, 2008

Death Penalty
Former Land Chief Gets Death Penalty for Bribes
Shanghai Daily, August 15, 2008

China Quake Work to Cost $150bn
BBC, August 14, 2008

Land Policy
Policy Thrust on Saving Arable Land
China Daily, August 14, 2008

司法部发布修订后的《国家司法考试实施办法》 (Ministry of Justice Releases Revised "Implementation Measures for the National Judicial Examination")
Legal Daily (via Xinhuanet), August 15, 2008

Across China's Countryside, 'Just Too Busy' for Olympics
Washington Post, August 15, 2008

Beijing Hospitals Lock Psychiatric Wards
Financial Times, August 14, 2008

China's Choreographed Detentions
Washington Post, August 15, 2008

Chinese Children in Ethnic Costume Came from Han Majority
Wall Street Journal, August 14, 2008

On the Defensive, China Lashes Out at Critics
Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2008

Related information:
IOC: China Should Not Prevent Media from Reporting
Associated Press (via Google), August 14, 2008

Sixth IOC/BOCOG Press Conference
IOC/BOGOC, August 14, 2008

Two Killed, Four Injured in Collision of Van and Olympic Bus
Xinhuanet, August 14, 2008

京訂採訪八不干預 針對境外記者 公安局修訂指引 (Beijing Police Tighten Guidelines for Non-Mainland Reporters, Set "Eight Don't Interferes")
Ming Pao, August 14, 2008

Green Axe Hangs over Local Officials
China Daily, August 15, 2008

Protests and Petitions
In Beijing, Do Splashy Protests Pay Dividends?
Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2008,0,4269176.story

上海访民在北京被押回看管 (Shanghai Petitioners Escorted Home from Beijing; Petitioner Shen Peilan Remains Missing)
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2008

State-owned Enterprises
Chinese Gov't Denies Whopping Salary Rumor for SOE Heads
Xinhuanet, August 14, 2008

Taiwan to Accept "Unification" Pandas from China
Reuters, August 14, 2008

Hundreds Held as Tibet Exiles, Nepal Police Clash
Reuters, August 14, 2008

China Warns of "Life and Death" Battle with Terror
Reuters, August 14, 2008

Related news:
Attacks Possibly Linked to Terror Groups
South China Morning Post, August 14, 2008
Crackdown on Xinjiang Mosques, Religion
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2008