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, September 09, 2010

September 09, 2010

Top News
Human Rights Defender – Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)
Blind Chinese Legal Activist Released-Reports
Reuters, September 09, 2010

Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), the blind, “barefoot” lawyer who gained international attention when he was sentenced in 2006 to four years and three months in prison, was released today from the Linyi Municipal Prison in Shandong Province. Chen was first detained in 2006 after filing a class-action lawsuit against the city of Linyi on behalf of its inhabitants over the city’s policy of forced abortions and sterilizations, and was later convicted of “intentional damage of public property” and “gathering people to block traffic.”
Related information:
Blind Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Released after More than Four Years in Prison
Human Rights in China, September 09, 2010

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陈光诚刑满9日在当局严密监控下被送回家中 (Chen Guangcheng Escorted Home, Still under Tight Surveillance)
Radio Free Asia, September 08, 2010


Death Penalty
China Anti-corruption Boss Sentenced to Death
Associated Press, September 09, 2010

调查显示中国地下水污染严重 农村人受害最直接 (Rural Residents Most Affected by Underground Water Pollution)
Xinhua News Agency, September 08, 2010

Human Rights Defenders
No Trial for Labor Activist
Radio Free Asia, September 08, 2010

赵作海家乡又出错案 5农民蒙冤3年 (Henan: More Wrongfully-convicted Cases Emerge )
China Youth Daily, September 09, 2010

青年拍摄农田被淹场面遭乡干部群殴 (Youth Beaten by Cadres for Taking Photos of Flooded Farm)
Dahe Daily, September 09, 2010

China Grants Internet Map Service Licenses to Select Operators
Press Trust of India, September 09, 2010
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China Daily, September 09, 2010
Protests and Petitions
Family's Petitions Open Up Can of Corrupt Worms
South China Morning Post, September 09, 2010

Public Health
Waiting for a Hospital Bed in Beijing — on the Sidewalk
McClatchy Newspapers, September 08, 2010

Henan Health Officials Criticized for Hiding Tick Bites from Public
Global Times, September 09, 2010

新疆停办少数民族护照 (Xinjiang Stops Processing Passport Applications for Minorities)
Radio Free Asia, September 09, 2010