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.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

August 5, 2009

Top news of the day
Human Rights Defender – Xu Zhiyong (许志永)
Chinese Legal Activist Held for Tax Evasion
Associated Press (via Yahoo News), August 04, 2009

On July 29, Xu Zhiyong (许志永), director of Gongmeng Law Research Center of the Open Constitution Initiative (OCI), an organization set up to provide legal consultation and assistance to the public. Officials have not provided a reason for his detention. Gongmeng was shut down by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs on July 17, due to not having registered with the government as an organization.
Related information:
Xu Zhiyong in Custody Seven Days; Still No Official Explanation
Human Rights in China, August 4, 2009
中国弃婴问题严重 (The Serious State of Infant Abandonment in China)
Radio Free Asia, August 04, 2009

Tainted Tap Water Sickens 4,307 in N. China City
China Daily, August 03, 2009

Water Crisis in Parched Northern China
Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo! News), August 04, 2009

Human Rights Defender – Huang Qi (黄琦)
China Quake Dissident on Trial: Lawyer
Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo! News), August 04, 2009

New Laws Stipulate Duties of Chengguan
China Daily, August 04, 2009

Protests and Petitions
Motorcycle Taxi Drivers Rally after Business Ban
Xinhua News Agency (via China Daily), August 03, 2009

Villagers Call off Toxic Leak Protest
South China Morning Post, August 05, 2009

Public Health
新疆核试曾大量平民伤亡? (Did Xinjiang Nuclear Tests Cause a Large Number of Casualties?)
Voice of America, August 01, 2009
Related news:
Did China's Nuclear Tests Kill Thousands and Doom Future Generations?
Scientific American, July 2009
China Jobless Pose 'Grave' Crisis
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 04, 2009

中国鼓励个人收留流浪乞讨者 (China Urges Individuals to Take in Homeless Beggars)
Radio Free Asia, August 04, 2009

Beijing Forced Family's 'Denunciation': Uighur Leader
Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo! News), August 04, 2009

China’s Tally of 718 Arrests in July Riots Is Questioned
New York Times, August 04, 2009