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, May 18, 2009

May 18, 2009

山西一“粮官”涉嫌贪挪私分国资逾2000万被诉 (Shanxi Company Chief Laundered 20 Million Yuan)
Xinhuanet, May 17, 2009

中国对中小学校舍安全“问责到底” (Government Will Check School Building Safety)
Xinhuanet, May 17, 2009

Freedom of Speech
北京独立作家江棋生再被警方抄家 (Beijing Independent Writer Jiang Searched by Police)
Voice of America, May 18, 2009

敏感书籍六四临近被大陆查禁 (Beijing Bans Sensitive Books as June 4th Approaches)
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2009

湖北关闭89家违规违法网站 (Hubei Authorities Shut Down 89 Websites), May 15, 2009

Human Rights Defenders - Zhang Kai, Li Chunfu (张凯、李春富)
北京律師重慶被毆 同行拉橫額抗議 ( Beijing Lawyers Protest Police Abuses)
Ming Pao, May 18, 2009
Related Information
Beijing Lawyers Beaten for Representing Falun Gong Case
Human Rights in China, May 13, 2009

Human Rights Defenders- Gao Zhisheng (高智晟)
美国参议员联名致信胡锦涛 呼吁释放高智晟 (American Senators Write Letter to Hu: Release Guo)
Radio Free Asia, May 15, 2009

Related Information
Wife of Abducted Rights Defense Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Requests Urgent Help from U.S. Congress in Open Letter
Human Rights in China, April 23, 2009
June 4th
中央審查趙紫陽文件首曝光 (Beijing Produces Repor on Zhao)
Ming Pao, May 17, 2009

北京学者举办六四民主运动研讨会 (Bejijng Scholar Holds Seminar About Tiananmen Square)
BBC, May 17, 2009

王炳章女儿到中国探监被拒入境 (Wang Bingzhang's Daughter Banned from Immigration)
Voice of America, May 16, 2009

中煤矿井建设队伍朔州伤亡事故已有11人遇难 (11 Died in a Mining Accident in Shuozhou)
Xinhuanet (available at, May 16, 2009

工商总局:10月底前将安全事故企业责任人纳入黑名单 (Names for Industrial Safety Blacklist to be Compiled by Late October)
Xinhuanet, May 16, 2009

Land Policy
浙江村民网上呼吁 请求调查政府强占土地 (Zhejiang Farmer Complains Online: Requests Investigation on Government Land Grab)
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2009

受邀赴美出席听证工人遭公安搜查后失联 (Workers Searched by Police, Whereabouts Unknown after Returning from Hearing in US)
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2009

我国高收入行业30年变迁:行业间收入差距或已达10倍 (After 30 Years Income Disparity in Different Industries Grown Tenfold)
Xinhuanet, May 18, 2009

Protests and Petitions
北京再次发生上访农民集体自杀事件 (Another Petitioning Farmer Commits Suicide in Beijing)
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2009

广东江门农民进京上访后被拘10天 被要求写保证 (Farmer from Jiangmen, Guangdong Arrested while Petitioning in Beijing), May 16, 2009

重庆发生一起大规模群体事件 (Masses Protest in Chongqing)
Voice of America, May 16, 2009

Public Health
China reports its 6th victim of swine flu
Xinhuanet (available at Shanghai Daily), May 18, 2009

广电总局新规定:6-10月黄金档时段禁播古装剧 (Historical Costume Dramas Banned from Prime Time from June to October)
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2009