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, July 20, 2009

July 18-20, 2009

Top news
Civil Society
Centre for Human Rights Shut Down: Beijing Aims to Silence Dissent
Asia News, July 18, 2009
On July 17, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs shut down the law research center Open Constitution Initiative, confiscating its computers and documents. The action was ostensibly because OCI, which was established to provide legal consultation and assistance to the public, had not registered with the government as a civil society organization. Rather, it had registered as a company, as authorities would not accept its registration as an NGO.

Related information:
Law Research Center Is Shut Down as Authorities Tighten Control on Civil Society Groups
Human Rights in China, July 17, 2009

1,000 Flee Homes after Chemical Leak
Associated Press (via South China Morning Post), July 20, 2009

Human Rights Defenders
Silence after China Blogger Amoiist Tweets Arrest SOS
Guardian, July 17, 2009

广州九名民主人士登山游玩被警察带走 (9 Democracy Activists Taken into Custody while Hiking in Guangzhou)
Radio Free Asia, July 19, 2009
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China: Tweetting a Detention Experience
Global Voices Online, July 20th, 2009
山东网民被控诽谤官员遭审判 (Netizens from Shandong Charged for Libel Online)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 20, 2009

Censorship Issue Settled as Authorities Silence Booming Mainland Twitter Clone
South China Morning Post, July 20, 2009

China Charity Fund to Support 10,000 Extremely Poor People
Xinhua News Agency, July 20, 2009

Public Health
China's Medicine Watchdog Launches Pharmaceutical Safety Program
Xinhua News Agency, July 18, 2009

State Security
政府信息公开一年观察:一些部门以保密需要搪塞 (Some Departments Make Use of State Secert to Avoid Open Information: State Media)
Outlook (via Xinhua News Agency), July 20, 2009

After Riots, China to Promote Anti-separatist Laws
Associated Press (via Yahoo! News), July 20, 2009

Xinjiang Riots Pre-planned at 50 Places: State Media
Reuters (via Yahoo! News), July 19, 2009

Xinjiang Widens Crackdown on Uighurs
Financial Times, July 19, 2009