Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 21, 2009

News
Bilateral Ties
Hu Jintao's Son Linked to Namibia Graft
The Australian, July 21, 2009
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25810295-32682,00.html
Related information:
Central Propaganda Department Censorship Order on the Case of Hu Haifeng, Son of Hu Jintao
China Digital Times, July 22, 2009
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/07/central-propaganda-department-censorship-order-on-the-case-of-hu-haifeng-son-of-hu-jintao/
Human Rights Defender – Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)
人权组织推动刘晓波诺贝尔和平奖提名 (NGO Democratic Forum for China Calls for Liu Xiaobo to be Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize)
Voice of America, July 20, 2009
http://www.voanews.com/chinese/2009-07-20-voa54.cfm

Human Rights Defenders
刘建永逃亡美国 回顾事件经过 (Independent Chinese Pen Center Member Liu Jianyong escaped to US)
Radio Free Asia, July 20, 2009
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/liu-07202009140440.html

Law
山東網民揭貪官遭閉門審訊 (Shangdong Whistleblower Netizen's Trial Held behind Closed Doors)
Ming Pao, July 21, 2009
http://inews.mingpao.com/htm/INews/20090720/ca11323i.htm

河南杞县被传"核泄漏" 宣传部称没必要公开信息 (After Rumors of Radioactive Material Leak Cause Residents to Flee Town, Local Propaganda Bureau Says Releasing through Open Government Information Unnecessary)
Xinhua News Agency, July 21, 2009
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2009-07/21/content_11742645.htm

Multilateral
Australia Hopes to Raise China/Rio Case at ASEAN
Reuters (via Yahoo! News), July 20, 2009
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090721/wl_nm/us_china_australia

Police
'A Place of Torture without Human Rights'
South China Morning Post, July 21, 2009
http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=94c0d15cc5892210VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD

Protests and Petitions
广西上访产妇判刑一年 母子被秘密关押逾三百天 (Guangxi Petitioner Given Suspended Sentence; Had Been Secretly Detained with Infant Son for 300+ Days)
Radio Free Asia, July 20, 2009
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/guangxi-07202009173902.html

汕头农村分地露黑幕 数千农民游行抗争 (Thousands of Guangdong Villagers Protest Suspicious Division of Land)
Radio Free Asia, July 20, 2009
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shantou-07202009171243.html

浙江平阳出动近百特警对付失地农民 (In Zhejiang, around 100 Special Police Officers Dispatched to Deal with Peasants Demonstrating against Appropriated Land)
Radio Free Asia, July 20, 2009
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/pingyang-07202009102807.html

Religion
Falun Gong Seeks U.S. Support in Internet Censor Fight
Reuters (via Yahoo! News), July 20, 2009
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090720/wl_nm/us_china_internet_falungong

State Security
Prisoner of the System
South China Morning Post, July 21, 2009
http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=01a8d15cc5892210VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD

XUAR
新疆当局阻南疆维人游北疆 首次承认大学生7.5游行 (XUAR Authorities Prevent Southern XUAR Uyghurs from Travelling to North XUAR, and Acknowledge Students Present at July 5 Demonstration)
Radio Free Asia, July 20, 2009
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/xinjiang-07202009091816.html

July 18-20, 2009

Top news
Civil Society
Centre for Human Rights Shut Down: Beijing Aims to Silence Dissent
Asia News, July 18, 2009
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=15822&size=A
On July 17, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs shut down the law research center Open Constitution Initiative, confiscating its computers and documents. The action was ostensibly because OCI, which was established to provide legal consultation and assistance to the public, had not registered with the government as a civil society organization. Rather, it had registered as a company, as authorities would not accept its registration as an NGO.

Related information:
Law Research Center Is Shut Down as Authorities Tighten Control on Civil Society Groups
Human Rights in China, July 17, 2009
http://www.hrichina.org/public/contents/170300

News
Disasters
1,000 Flee Homes after Chemical Leak
Associated Press (via South China Morning Post), July 20, 2009
http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=482d0a6ba8692210VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD

Human Rights Defenders
Silence after China Blogger Amoiist Tweets Arrest SOS
Guardian, July 17, 2009
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/17/china-blogger-amoiist-arrest-twitter

广州九名民主人士登山游玩被警察带走 (9 Democracy Activists Taken into Custody while Hiking in Guangzhou)
Radio Free Asia, July 19, 2009
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/9-07192009161907.html
Related information:
China: Tweetting a Detention Experience
Global Voices Online, July 20th, 2009
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/07/20/china-tweetting-a-detention-experience/
Law
山东网民被控诽谤官员遭审判 (Netizens from Shandong Charged for Libel Online)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 20, 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/chinese/simp/hi/newsid_8150000/newsid_8158400/8158484.stm

Media
Censorship Issue Settled as Authorities Silence Booming Mainland Twitter Clone
South China Morning Post, July 20, 2009
http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=97a4f16dad392210VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD

Poverty
China Charity Fund to Support 10,000 Extremely Poor People
Xinhua News Agency, July 20, 2009
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-07/20/content_11737598.htm

Public Health
China's Medicine Watchdog Launches Pharmaceutical Safety Program
Xinhua News Agency, July 18, 2009
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-07/18/content_11728898.htm

State Security
政府信息公开一年观察:一些部门以保密需要搪塞 (Some Departments Make Use of State Secert to Avoid Open Information: State Media)
Outlook (via Xinhua News Agency), July 20, 2009
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2009-07/20/content_11737392.htm

XUAR
After Riots, China to Promote Anti-separatist Laws
Associated Press (via Yahoo! News), July 20, 2009
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090720/ap_on_re_as/as_china_protest

Xinjiang Riots Pre-planned at 50 Places: State Media
Reuters (via Yahoo! News), July 19, 2009
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090719/wl_nm/us_china_xinjiang

Xinjiang Widens Crackdown on Uighurs
Financial Times, July 19, 2009
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5aa932ee-747c-11de-8ad5-00144feabdc0.html