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, March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009

Top News

Human Rights Defender- Yao Fuxin (姚福信)
China Labour Leader Freed after 7 Years in Jail
Agence France-Presse (via Google), March 17, 2009

Prominent labor activist Yao Fuxin (姚福信) was released from prison on Monday after serving out his seven-year term. Yao was detained in 2002 after speaking at a peaceful demonstration on behalf of workers demanding back wages and pension payments and charged with “subversion of state power.” Yao endured beatings and persecution from other inmates while in prison.

Related News
Labor Leader Activist Yao Fuxin is Released after Completing Seven-Year Term
Human Rights in China, March 16, 2009

Food Security
Fake Food Cases in '08 at 76,500
Xinhua (via China Daily), March 17, 2009

河南毒奶粉受害者家长因拒领补偿金受恐吓 (Father Threatened for Refusing Tainted Milk Compensation Money)
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2009

Hong Kong
Diplomats Voice Fears over Macau Entry Row
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2009

Human Rights Defenders
Chinese Journalist Stranded in Thailand
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2009

陕西安康首例“黑砖厂虐工案”一审主犯被判刑 (Sentencing Reached in Shaanxi Brick Kiln Case)
Xinhuanet, March 17, 2009

Officials Ban Media from Plagiarism Court Case
South China Morning Post, March 15, 2009

3 More Prison Deaths Highlight Need for Reform
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2009

Protests and Petitions

Villagers Arrested after Dam Relocation Protest
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2009

大陆两万名复员军官投诉总政治部 (20 Thousand Demobilized Officers File Complaint against Military)
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2009

Public Health

Gravel Factory Link to Fatal Disease
Shanghai Daily, March 16, 2009

Vatican Sets Up Chinese Web Site
China Post, March 17, 2009

Crime Warning in Guangdong
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2009

State Security
中國加強監管外國人測繪 (China to Strengthen Supervision over Surveying and Mapping by Foreigners)
Ming Pao, March 16, 2009

'Modern Redesign' of Lhasa Approved
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2009

Bomb Blast in Tibetan Area: Police
Agence France-Presse (available at YahooNews), March 17, 2009

China Jails 2 Ethnic Minorities for Protests
Associated Press (available at YahooNews), March 17, 2009