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.

Friday, May 06, 2011

May 06, 2011

Top news
Human Rights Defender – Li Wangyang (李旺阳)
China Frees Veteran Labour Activist after 10 Years
Deutsche Presse Agentur, May 06, 2011

Hunan-based labor rights activist Li Wangyang (李旺阳) was released Thursday after serving ten years in prison. Li, who founded the Shaoyang Autonomous Workers Union in 1989, was convicted of inciting subversion of state power in 2001. Li is subjected to four years of deprivation of political rights after his release.
Related information:
Activist Free after Ten-Year Term; Three Writers to Be Released This Month
Human Rights in China, May 05, 2011


China Vows to Fight Corruption among Police Officers
Xinhua News Agency, May 06, 2011

Economic Development
Beijing Refutes Claims of Unfair Business Practice
Global Times, May 06, 2011
Related news:
U.S. Warns China Is Closing Up Again
The Wall Street Journal, May 05, 2011
Food Security
No Let-Up as Food Scandals Mount
South China Morning Post, May 06, 2011
Related news:
China to Take Every Possible Measure to Ensure Food Safety: Official
Xinhua News Agency, May 05, 2011
中国食品安全标准老了 (Food Safety Standards Past the Expiration Date)
Southern Weekend, May 05, 2011

Human Rights Defender – Ai Weiwei (艾未未)
Beijing Rejects Foreign Protests over Ai Weiwei
Agence France-Presse, May 05, 2011

Human Rights Defender – Li Xiongbing (黎雄兵)
北京维权律师黎雄兵“获释回家” (Rights Lawyer Li Xiongbing Released)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 06, 2011

重庆出动武装特警为民工讨薪 (Chongqing Armed Police Dispatched to Help Migrant Workers Get Paid)
Southern Metropolis Daily, May 06, 2011

Land Policy
暴力灌屎的汉能征地 (Jiangsu: Land Requisition by Hanergy Holdings Leads to Violent Battle with Villagers)
TIME WEEKLY, May 05, 2011

哈尔滨抓捕18名暴力阻止强拆人士 (Harbin: 18 Detained for Obstructing Demolition)
Northeast Web, May 06, 2011

China to Curb Public Appearances by Justice Officials
Caixin, May 05, 2011

China's 'Model' TV Dramas
Radio Free Asia, May 05, 2011

Migrant Workers
Migrants Push Beijing Population to 19.6 Million
Associated Press, May 05, 2011

Outcry after Chained-Up Campaigner Disappears
South China Morning Post, May 06, 2011

川警誤毆教師 上萬民眾抗議 (10K+ Protest after Sichuan Police Beat Teacher in Error)
Ming Pao, May 06, 2011
Related news:
四川射洪警察被指围殴教师 官方称系抓捕时误伤 (Sichuan Police Accused of Surrounding and Beating Teacher; Authorities: It Was an Accident)
Sichuan News Center, May 05, 2011
Protests and Petitions
番禺区过千警力驱散护地村民数十人被抓 (Dozens Detained as 1K Guangdong Police Break Up Crowd of Villagers Guarding Land Auctioned Off by Cadres)
Radio Free Asia, May 05, 2011

Public Health
Extreme Drought Overwhelms Central China
Xinhua News Agency, May 05, 2011

Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Yang to Attend SCO Foreign Ministers Meeting
Xinhua News Agency, May 05, 2011

China Seeks Global Help in Fighting Uighur Separatists
Voice of America, May 05, 2011
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中國:恐怖勢力嚴重威脅 (China: Terrorist Forces a Serious Threat)
Ming Pao, May 05, 2011