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, November 04, 2009

November 04, 2009

Top News
Human Rights Defenders
民主党人李志友携妻女逃离中国 (Democracy Activist Li Zhiyou Flees to Thailand with Family)
Radio Free Asia, November 04, 2009

Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region-based activist and China Democracy Party Member Li Zhiyou (李志友) fled China with his wife and daughter last week, arriving in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Li told RFA that the journey took five days. Li Zhiyou was involved with forming of the China Democracy Party and served three years in prison (1999-2001) on charges of inciting subversion of state power for his involvement with it. Since his release, Li has been subject to constant harassment from authorities and has been detained many times.

Chinese Trial Reveals Vast Web of Corruption
New York Times, November 04, 2009

Death Penalty
Migrant Escapes Death Penalty over Killings
South China Morning Post, November 04, 2009

China Seeks Laws to Protect Polluted Lakes: State Media
Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo! News), November 03, 2009

Human Rights Defenders
Founder Faces Life Term over His Political Party
South China Morning Post, November 04, 2009

济源维权人士原红遭到警察殴打 (Jiyuan, Henan Rights Activist Yuan Hong Beaten by Police)
Radio Free Asia, November 03, 2009

Internet Censorship
內容不良 魔獸世界遭封殺 (GAPP Shuts Down Popular Online Game World of Warcraft Due to "Harmful Content")
China Times, November 04, 2009,4521,11052101+122009110400382,00.html

China Police Chief Urges Harsher Internet Controls
Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo! News), November 03, 2009

內地封鎖柏林圍牆網站 (Berlin Twitter Wall Site Blocked in China)
Apple Daily, November 04, 2009
Related information:
Berlin Twitter Wall (柏林Twitter围墙)
Land Policy
上海迪士尼已启动拆迁安置 占地4.12平方公里 (Shanghai to Begin Evictions and Demolitions as 4.12 sqkm Planned for Newly-Approved Disney Park)
21st Century Business Herald, November 04, 2009

78%基层法院建立立案信访大厅 (78% of Grass-roots Courts Have Case Petitioning Offices)
People's Daily, November 04, 2009

Torture Continues to Be the Main Investigative Tool in China
AsiaNews, November 03, 2009

Protests and Petitions
被姦上訪女抵京 今赴庭審 (Trial of Female Petitioner Raped while Held in Black Jail to Be Heard Today in Beijing)
Ming Pao, November 04, 2009
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安徽当局阻扰李蕊蕊听审被强奸案 (Anhui Authorities Obstruct Li Ruirui's Case)
Radio Free Asia, November 03, 2009
Public Health
China's Economy Powering Syphilis Spread
Reuters (via Yahoo! News), November 03, 2009

北京守望家庭教会被迫在雪中进行主日崇拜 (Beijing's Shouwang House Church Forced to Hold Sunday Services Outside in Snow)
Voice of America, November 03, 2009

社科院副研究员范亚峰因参予教会维权被开除 (CASS Researcher Loses Position after Participating in House Church Rights Defense Movement)
Radio Free Asia, November 03, 2009

Three Gorges
China's Three Gorges Dam Comes of Age
Asia Times Online, November 04, 2009