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, December 29, 2010

December 29, 2010

Top news
Human Rights Defender – Zhao Lianhai (赵连海)
Melamine Activist 'Thanks' Government for Support
Global Times, December 29, 2010

Food safety activist Zhao Lianhai (赵连海), who was sentenced to 2.5 years’ imprisonment on charges of disturbing social order in November 2010, has been released on medical parole according to a statement posted on his personal blog at Bullog. In his announcement, Zhao states his support and agreement with the Chinese government and that he agrees with the criminal penalties imposed upon him. He also requests that people who are concerned with his case speak of it no further.
Related information:
通告 (Announcement)
Zhao Lianhai, December 28, 2010

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Milk Activist's Fate Unclear after Parole Talk
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2010

趙連海 維權招來千古冤 (Zhao Lianhai: Rights Defence Incurs Eternal Injustice)
Ming Pao, December 28, 2010

Bilateral Ties
Yang Jiechi's US Trip to Set Up Hu's State Visit
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2010

580 Economic Fugitives Still at Large Overseas
China Daily, December 28, 2010

Govt Sets New Targets in Anti-Corruption Campaign
China Daily, December 29, 2010

Netizens Roast Govt Bodies for Costly Purchases
China Daily, December 29, 2010

China Builds Sichuan Earthquake Museum
Associated Press, December 28, 2010

Human Rights Defender – Ding Zilin (丁子霖)
丁子霖被软禁74天返京 对外隔绝亲戚被迫写保证 (Tiananmen Mothers' Ding Zilin Returns to Beijing following 74 Days of House Arrest, Her Relatives Were Forced to Sign Guarantee to Keep Ding and Jiang from Outside Contact)
Radio Free Asia, December 28, 2010

Human Rights Defender – Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)
Nobel Laureate Liu Marks 55th Birthday in Prison
Agence France-Presse, December 28, 2010

HK Protest Marks First Anniversary of Liu Jailing
China Post, December 27, 2010

Land Policy
Experts to File Land Seizure Regulation Proposal
China Daily, December 27, 2010

Chinese Investigative Reporter Dies after Attack
Associated Press, December 28, 2010

Chinese Government Shuts Down Blogger's Cutting-Edge Magazine
The Independent, December 29, 2010

深圳美聯經紀圍毆記者阻採訪 (Estate Brokers from Shenzhen Midland Realty Surround and Beat Journalists to Stop Coverage)
Ming Pao, December 29, 2010

Tibet-Related Website Gets Social in Makeover
China Daily, December 28, 2010

Protests and Petitions
China: Apology for Farmer Locked in Mental Wards
New York Times, December 28, 2010

「上訪村長」車禍死惹質疑 (Vehicular Homicide of "Petitioning Village Head" Qian Yunhui Aroses Suspicion)
Sing Tao Daily, December 29, 2010
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Village Head's Death Sparks Internet Rumors
Global Times, December 29, 2010
外地来京上访遭关黑监狱 围观解救质疑依法治国 (Locking Up of Petitioners Who Travel to Beijing to Petition in Black Jails Calls Rule of Law into Question)
Radio Free Asia, December 28, 2010

Report: Laos Deports Uighurs Back to China
Associated Press, December 29, 2010