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, August 17, 2009

August 15-17, 2009

Court Confirms Death Decisions on 2 Officials
Human Rights Defender - Xu Zhiyong (许志永)
代理律师首次见到许志永 (Xu Zhiyong Meets His Lawyer for First Time)
Radio Free Asia, August 16, 2009
China Drafting Development Plan on Energy Conservation, Environmental Protection Industry Xinhua, August 15, 2009
Civil Society
China's NGOs Fear for The Worst
Asia Times Online, August 15, 2009

Public Health
China Plant Stormed over Lead Poisoning of Children
Reuters (UK), August 17, 2009

Related news:
China 'Smelter Poisoned Children'
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 16, 2009

Mass Move Set for Area around Smelting Plant
Xinhuanet (via Shanghai Daily), August 15, 2009

China to Improve Access for Media
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 14, 2009
18 to Be Tried for Child Rape, Prostitution
Protests and Petitions
Workers Foil Private Takeover of Steel Firm
Reuters (available at YahooNews), August 17, 2009
Related news:
Hundreds of Workers Protest at Chinese Steel Plant: Report
AFP( via YahooNews), August 15, 2009

Henan Workers Release Hostage After Four Days
South China Morning Post, August 16, 2009
北京扫荡访民无处栖身 律师替访民写诉状获刑(视频) (Massive Crackdown on Petitioners in Beijing, Lawyer Jailed for Helping Petitioner )
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2009