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, June 10, 2010

June 10, 2010

Top news
Human Rights Defender – Tan Zuoren (谭作人)
法院驳回谭作人上诉维持原判 (Court Dismisses Tan Zuoren's Appeal, Affirming the Original Sentence )
Radio Free Asia, June 09, 2010

The Sichuan Provincial Higher People’s Court has upheld the sentence of five years’ imprisonment and three years’ deprivation of political rights of Tan Zuoren (谭作人), the Sichuan environmental activist and writer convicted of “inciting subversion of state power.” The decision was announced on June 9, 2010, in a 12-minute-long hearing held in the Chengdu Municipal Intermediate People’s Court, the court that originally tried Tan on August 12, 2009. In the appeal statement he filed after the original guilty verdict, Tan declared: “I am not guilty; I don’t accept [the verdict]; I protest; I appeal.”
Related information:
Sichuan High Court Upholds Five-Year Sentence for Earthquake Activist Tan Zuoren (谭作人案二审维持原判)
Human Rights in China, June 9, 2010


China Approves Guidelines to Enhance Forest Protection
Xinhua News Agency, June 09, 2010

Hong Kong
Lawmakers Endorse Geoffrey Ma as Top Judge
South China Morning Post, June 10, 2010

Human Rights Defender – Ni Yulan (倪玉兰)
China Housing Activist Maintains Defiant Stand
Agence France-Presse, June 10, 2010

Human Rights Defender – Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠)
Prisoner in His Own Home: The Plight of a 'Rights Lawyer' under Illegal House Arrest Reflects Beijing's Fear of Dissent
South China Morning Post, June 10, 2010
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美国教授到我家 (An American Professor Pays Me a Visit)
Zheng Enchong, May 31, 2010
安监总局:加强地下矿山通风安全管理工作 (SAWS: Strengthening the Management of Underground Mine Ventilation and Safety)
Xinhua News Agency, June 09, 2010
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晋煤郊南矿难遇难人数升至3人 正全力搜救2名被困矿工 (Shanxi Mine Death Toll Risen to 3)
Xinhua News Agency, June 09, 2010
Land Policy
Couple Throw Acid over Six Court Officials Trying to Seize Their Home
Associated Press, June 10, 2010

270名农民土地被支书骗走搞开发 反映三年无果 (270 Farmers Cheated Out of Land by Party Secretary, Exploitation Reflects Three Years without Result)
Dahe Daily, June 10, 2010

玉树藏民反抗议征地数名代表被抓 (Tibetans in Yushu Detained for Protesting against Land Expropriation)
Radio Free Asia, June 09, 2010

Google Says U.S., E.U. Should Pressure China on Web Censorship
Business Week, June 10, 2010

內地首次明確超生人口可落戶 (China Clarifies for First Time that Newborns Born in Excess of Population Control Limit Can Be Registered)
Sing Tao Daily, June 10, 2010

新疆库车县清查非法宣传品 销毁维族妇女服饰 (Kuqa, XUAR Bans Illegal Propaganda, Destroys Traditional Uyghur Women’s Clothing)
Radio Free Asia, June 09, 2010