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.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

February 18, 2010

Top News of The Day
Human Rights Defender - Gao Zhisheng (
Missing Chinese Rights Lawyer 'Located'
Voice of America, February 16, 2010

Related Information:

Statement by Geng He, Wife of Gao Zhisheng
Human Rights in China, February 17, 2010

Missing Activist May Be in Jail, Ex-lawyer Says
Associated Press, Agence France-Presse (via South China Morning Post), February 16, 2010

Rights Group Says Missing Chinese Lawyer in Urumqi
Associated Press (via Yahoo! News), February 14, 2010


Bilateral Ties
U.S. Warship on Schedule in HK Despite China Tension
Reuters (via Yahoo! News), February 17, 2010

Warning as Unrest Grows
Radio Free Asia, February 17, 2010

Human Rights Defenders
王丹等发表网路革命宣言 (Exiled Chinese Dissidents Issue Declaration of "Internet Revolution")
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 16, 2010

Land Policy
房屋征收条例征意见结束 非公共利益拆迁成焦点 (Consultation on Draft House Expropriation Regulation Ends; Non-public Interests Demolition Is Main Focus of Discussion)
Beijing News (via Xinhua News Agency), February 13, 2010

China Has over 166,000 Lawyers
Xinhua News Agency (via China Daily), February 16, 2010

Related News:

中国律师行业全面实现共产党党组建设 (CCP's "Party Building" Fully Implemented in Chinese Legal Profession)
Radio Free Asia, February 16, 2010

Protests and Petitions
多名访民年初一试图到温家宝官邸上访 (More than 200 Petitioners Attempt to Visit Wen Jiabao's Official Residence on Chinese New Year)
Radio Free Asia, February 15, 2010

女访民交五万元不上访保证金后离开精神病院 (Petitioner Released from Mental Hospital After Paying 50,000 Yuan Deposit, Writing An Affidavit That She Won’t Petition Again)
Radio Free Asia, February 17, 2010

桂林农民护地多人被打成重伤 (Farmers Trying to Protect Their Farmland Seriously Wounded in Guilin, Guangxi)
Radio Free Asia, February 17, 2010

男子大年初三县政府门前引爆炸药 (Man Detonates Explosives in Front of Gov't Office After His Long-running Petitioning to No Avail)
Radio Free Asia, February 17, 2010

China's "Ant Tribe" Poses Policy Challenge for Beijing
Reuters, February 17, 2010

Taipei Set to Challenge Beijing's 'Soft Power'
Agence France-Presse (via South China Morning Post), February 18, 2010

Beijing Bets on Economy to Stabilise Tibet
Financial Times, February 17, 2010