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, June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009

In China, Parents Mourn Children Abducted by Traffickers
Reuters (via Yahoo! News), June 28, 2009

Shanghai Authorities Hold 9 in Connection with Building Collapse, Order Safety Checks
Associated Press, June 29, 2009,1,2363085.story

Green Dam
Companies Appeal to China to Drop Web Filter Plan
Associated Press (via Yahoo! News), June 27, 2009

China's Internet Filter Rules Draw WTO Complaints
Reuters, June 26, 2009

Human Rights Defenders -- Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)
國際律師協會函溫總 關注維權律師受打壓 (International Bar Association Writes Premier Wen on The Targetting of Rights Defense Lawyers)
Ming Pao, June 29, 2009

Related information:
China: Targeting of Defence Lawyers (
Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, June 19, 2009

刘晓波被捕后首度会见律师 (Liu Xiaobo Meets with Lawyers for The First Time Since Arrest)
Radio France Internationale, June 27, 2009

Human Rights Defenders
Snitching for China Leads to Sorrow and Exile
Associated Press (via Google News), June 28, 2009

For more information on the New Youth Study Group, see:
Case Update: Beijing Intellectuals Yang Zili and Zhang Honghai Released after Eight Years in Prison
Human Rights in China, March 12, 2009

How China Justifies Empty Witness Chairs
Caijing Magazine, June 26, 2009

Original article in Chinese:
Caijing Magazine, June 22, 2009

China's Top Legislature Abolishes Eight Outdated, Redundant Laws
Xinhua News Agency, June 27, 2009

Related information:
关于废止部分法律的决定 (Resolution on Abolishing Certain Legislation)
Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, June 27, 2009

China Revises Statistics Law to Curb Data Falsification
Xinhua News Agency, June 27, 2009

Related information:
中华人民共和国统计法 (Law on Statistics of the People's Republic of China) (revised)
Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, June 27, 2009

China's Legislature Eyes Stability with Law on Rural Land Disputes Meditation
Xinhua News Agency, June 27, 2009

Related information:
中华人民共和国农村土地承包经营纠纷调解仲裁法 (Law of the People's Republic of China on the Mediation and Arbitration of Rural Land Contract Management Disputes)
National People's Congress, June 27, 2009

佛山稔海25名村民因保护自己的合法权益而获刑 (25 Foshan Villagers Sentenced After Defending Right to Fair Compensation)
Radio Free Asia, June 28, 2009

近日中国大陆互联网使用困难不断 (Chinese Netizens Encounter Difficulties Using Various Popular Online Sites over Past Few Days)
Radio Free Asia, June 26, 2009

Reshuffle Targets Judicial Corruption
South China Morning Post, June 29, 2009

Protests and Petitions
港資廠民族群毆120死傷 驚動政治局 急遷走600新疆籍員工 (2 Dead, 118 Injured in Clash between Han and Newly-hired Uyghur Workers at Guangdong Toy Factory)
Ming Pao (via Yahoo! News), June 27, 2009

Rumormonger Held over South China Toy Factory Brawl
Xinhua News Agency, June 29, 2009

Public Health
山东卫生厅调查东明肿瘤” (Shandong Provincial Bureau of Health to Investigate Large Number of Tumors in Dongming County)
The Beijing News, June 26, 2009