Petitions and Protests
Human Rights Defenders
Xinhua accuses Voice of America of distorting facts
A spokesman for the Foreign Information Administration Center of the Xinhua News Agency accused Voice of America (VOA) of distorting facts with "ill intention." The spokesman denounced an article published by VOA on May 1, which argued that the Measures for Administering the Release of News and Information in China by Foreign News Agencies, issued by Xinhua on September 10, 2006, restricts the development of foreign news agencies in China.
TV signal hijacked and anti-Party message broadcast
A television signal was hijacked and anti-Communist Party messages were broadcast during primetime in Guangdong on May 1. The footage showed anti-government slogans urging viewers to abandon the Communist Party. It was reported to have lasted about 20 seconds before being blacked out. The broadcast also reached millions of viewers in several other cities. The hijackers are still unknown.
China among "Enemies of the Internet"
Reporters Without Borders listed China as one of 13 "Enemies of the Internet" while launching a Chinese-language version of its Web site on May 3. The Paris-based group appealed to the Chinese authorities not to block rsf-chinese.org and to stop censoring other Chinese-language news Web sites.
Chinese MySpace reports 30,000 users
MySpace China (Myspace.cn) announced on May 8 that the site had registered 31,826 users since its launch on April 27.
Xinhua criticizes local government over cover-up
The official Xinhua News Agency on May 15 criticized local authorities in Shandong Province for covering up information on hand, foot and mouth disease.
Increased controls over magazine and periodical publications
The General Administration for Press and Publications (GAPP) announced on May 23 that it will begin enforcing new rules, the Regulatory Basis for the Publication of Periodicals, in an attempt to tighten control over an estimated 9,000 weekly and monthly magazines and periodicals. The move has been interpreted as an effort to limit negative coverage before the 2008 Olympics.
Plan for real name registration for bloggers dropped
Chinese officials announced on May 22 that proposals requiring Internet bloggers to register under their real names had been blocked. However, blog hosts would be held responsible for censoring sensitive blog entries.
Boxun journalist taken away
Nanjing-based journalist Sun Lin (孙林), a regular contributor to the overseas Boxun Web site, was taken away by police on May 30. He was reportedly told that Boxun endangers national security.
China's blacklist for Olympics
It was reported at the end of May that the Ministry of Public Security issued an internal notice to police departments across China in April, requiring them to bar hostile overseas journalists and other blacklisted people from entry.
HRW accuses China of backtracking on promises of greater media freedoms
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on May 31 observed, "The Chinese government is already failing to deliver on its pledge to fully lift restrictions for foreign journalists ahead of the Beijing Games," referring to the relaxed controls that took effect on January 1. HRW reported that a number of foreign journalists have found that authorities ignore or are unaware of the supposed new freedoms, and have obstructed them in their reporting duties.
Petitions and Protests
Different strategies used to suppress petitioners
It was reported on May 4 that authorities in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Chengdu have adopted various strategies to suppress petitioners. Shanghai's Office for Letters and Calls decided in an April meeting to train laid-off workers to monitor petitioners, and on April 29, its officials forced three petitioners to sign a letter confessing to the crime of disturbing social order after beating them up. Jiangsu authorities detained petitioners and made them attend "education classes," while in Chengdu, a notice was issued on April 29 that banned certain types of petitioning, including kneeling, shouting slogans and self-immolation.
Villagers ransack homes and offices of village leaders over land disputes
During the first two weeks of May, villagers in 13 township communities in Guangdong Province ransacked homes and offices of village leaders in protest over news that almost all of their land had been sold to people with close connections to those officials. In Toupu Village, villagers realized that all the land had been sold by the village Party secretary in October, when local authorities rejected all land allocation applications submitted by 31 township enterprises.
Protest against police power abuse in Shanghai
Some 280 petitioners gathered on a busy street in Shanghai on May 9 to protest police abuses of petitioners. Eighty petitioners were reportedly taken away by police. The protest was prompted by the May 4 police beating of Chen Zonglei (陈宗雷) after he petitioned the Shanghai authorities over a forced eviction.
Protesters bring suit against police
Six Sichuan villagers on May 10 lost a lawsuit against local police, who they alleged had illegally detained them after a land grab protest. The villagers complained that the court was controlled by government officials, as evidenced by the lack of defense witnesses and frequent interruption of the villagers as they tried to make their case. Villagers said the videotape of the protest provided by the police also failed to show police beatings of protesters.
Man attempts to set fire to Mao portrait in Tiananmen Square
Chinese police arrested a man who allegedly tried to set fire to the giant portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square on May 12. Gu Haiou, from Urumqi, threw a homemade object at the painting two hours after arriving in Beijing. Smoke and fire broke out briefly on the bottom left-hand corner of the portrait, which was promptly replaced. Apart from a brief report by Xinhua News Agency, all other news agencies and Web sites were silent regarding the arson attempt.
New petitioning regulation issued
The Supreme People's Procuratorate issued a regulation on petitioning work that took effect on May 13. Some of its main points include: 1) Officials can be punished for abuse of power, dereliction of duty and other negligent behavior when they process petitions; 2) petitioners will be held criminally responsible for distorting facts and harming others' lawful interests; and 3) heads of local procuratorate offices must receive petitioners at least 12 times a year and for at least half a day each time they meet.
Local government in Hubei handles petitioners by "accompanying and leading"
It was reported on May 11 that authorities from Huangshi, Hubei Province, have started sending staff to "accompany and lead" petitioners in order to achieve the two "Nos": no petitioning in Beijing and no local chaos.
Workers protest unpaid wages in Shenzhen
About 400 workers have been protesting unpaid wages and redundancy packages at the Eltop Electronics Factory in Shenzhen since May 21. About 200 police officers and uniformed security guards are said to have raided the factory on May 28 and 29, when protesters surrounded trucks transporting equipment. At least 18 people have been detained and 10 injured after police used force in an attempt to end the protest. The factory announced last month that it would relocate to Dongguan at the end of May.
Protests over family planning rules
Riots broke out across the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region between May 25-31 in protest against forced abortions and sterilizations. From May 25 to 26, as many as 3,000 people in several counties clashed with police, some burning government buildings and overturning cars to vent their anger. Twenty-eight people were detained, according to state media. In Shitao Township, Rongxian County, residents reignited riots on May 29 over family planning rules that had taken effect on May 17-20. Protesters surrounded local government offices and clashed with police. At least a dozen villagers were arrested on May 30. Also on May 29, hundreds of protesters in Yangmei Township, Rongxian County, gathered in front of a family planning office and demanded a refund of fines imposed for having more than one child. Similar incidents also occurred in Bobai County.
Text messages stop construction of a chemical plant
A flood of text messages calling for street protests outside of government offices prompted the city of Xiamen, Fujian Province, to delay the building of a petrochemical plant. The leaders of Xiamen announced on May 30 on the city's Web site that the building of the petrochemical plant would be postponed in order to weigh environmental objections. The messages compared the plant to an "A-bomb" because of dangers to the environment in the event of an accident. The plant was to be built only 1.5 kilometers away from the nearest residential area.
Tiananmen Mothers call for accountability
Ding Zilin (丁子霖) and more than 20 other members of the Tiananmen Mothers gathered at the end of May to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the violent crackdown on unarmed protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. During a roundtable discussion held on May 24 and 26, members of the group expressed their opinions and requests as an alternative to their previous open letters to the central government.
Human Rights Defenders
In early May, it was reported that former China Democracy Party member He Depu (何德普), now in prison, was beaten by another inmate who had a good relationship with prison authorities. There have been previous reports of He being beaten by law enforcement agents.
Prison authorities prevented the family of Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), a blind self-taught lawyer imprisoned in Shandong Province, from visiting him on May 8. They also refused to pass on to Chen a copy of the Law on the Protection of Disabled Persons (the version for persons with visual disabilities), on the grounds that they could not verify the contents of the book.
It was announced on May 11 that Xu Jiehua (许洁华), wife of prominent Jiangsu environmental activist Wu Lihong (吴立洪), would be continuing Wu's activism over pollution in Tai Lake following his arrest. Xu announced that she had filed a lawsuit in the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on May 9 against the State Environmental Protection Administration for naming their hometown of Yixing as one of the mainland's 44 "Green and Eco-aware Cities" while thousands of people in Yixing have cancer because of pollution there. "The lawsuit was scheduled by my husband and his friend Chen Faqing before his arrest, and I am now replacing him to do that," Xu said in Beijing. Her husband was detained by Yixing police for alleged blackmail on April 13, and their family has suffered harassment for more than 10 years as a result of their activism.
Guangxi-based rights defender Mo Jufeng (莫巨烽) was forcibly sterilized on May 13 for violating the one-child policy by having two children. Mo argued that both his children were over 10 years old, and he had no intention of having a third child. Mo noted that the authorities had not taken any action against him in the past 10 years, and suspected the forced surgery was actually retaliation against his rights defense work. Mo has been monitored by the police, and his Internet access has been blocked.
Hu Jia (胡佳), a rights activist who fought for medical benefits for thousands of people in central Henan Province who were infected with HIV/AIDS from tainted government-run blood banks, was briefly detained and then placed under house arrest on May 18, after he attempted to leave for Hong Kong with his wife, Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕). Authorities had ordered him not to leave the mainland, and had accused him of "endangering state security." On May 20, a Beijing policeman stationed outside Hu's apartment threatened to beat him with a wooden club spiked with nails. The policeman reportedly ordered Hu to pay compensation for a pair of sunglasses that were broken when other officers restrained him from attacking Hu.
Beijing-based rights defender Qi Zhiyong (齐志勇) was detained on May 15 after inviting 30 other rights defenders to a birthday party he organized for himself. Rights defender Liu Fenggang (刘凤刚) was beaten by police for his involvement in the birthday celebration.
China Democracy Party member Chen Shuqing (陈树庆) had been on a hunger strike for over half a month as of May 18. Chen had been in detention for eight months without charge, and his family had not been allowed to visit him.
Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫) and his son were formally arrested on May 18 on allegations of obstructing the execution of official duties and assaulting police officers. As of the end of May, they had appointed human rights lawyer Mo Shaoping and his colleague to represent them, and the prosecutor was considering whether to indict them.
Despite the serious pressure placed on rights defender Guo Feixiong's (郭飞雄) family, Guo has refused to admit guilt with respect to charges of "illegal business activities." Guo (also known as Yang Maodong [杨茂东]) was formally indicted on May 15, the last day an indictment could be issued within the timeframes set by law. The procuratorate had previously sent the case back to the Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB) twice for supplemental investigation. Guo's wife, Zhang Qing, said that on April 16 and 21, PSB officials from both Guangzhou and Shenyang, Liaoning Province, had offered her the opportunity to visit Guo at the detention center, on the condition that she encourage him to confess to the accusations against him. Zhang refused the offer. Guo is set to go on trial on June 15 in Guangzhou's Tianhe District Court.
On May 3, Canada's House of Commons unanimously passed a highly unusual motion calling on China to give Canada consular access to Huseyin Celil (塞利尔), a Canadian Uyghur serving a life sentence in China for alleged terrorist links.
Environmental activist Tan Kai (谭凯), sentenced on charges of illegally obtaining state secrets, was released on April 19 after 18 months of imprisonment. In 2005, Tan, a computer repairman, founded a group called Green Watch to look into complaints by local residents in Zhejiang that pollution from a chemical factory was destroying crops and causing birth defects.
According to a posting on the Web site Boxun at the end of May, Hubei-based workers' representative Zhou Yuanwu (周远武) was sentenced to two years and six months' imprisonment for "obstructing the execution of official duties".
Survey on wages of miners conducted
In May, news reports highlighted a survey conducted by 10 undergraduate students of Hunan Normal University, which found that miners earn only 1,000-2,000 yuan ($130-260) monthly with barely any other benefits. The survey also found that 82 percent of the miners interviewed had less than a high-school education, 62 percent had no occupational skills, and 48 percent could not find other jobs.
Labor Contract Law proposed
China's proposed Labor Contract Law, which was first presented in December 2005, is tentatively scheduled to be passed in June by the standing committee of the National People's Congress. The proposed Labor Contract Law will be the most significant overhaul of workplace regulation to date in China.
Employment training for women
Chinese authorities were reported in early May to be trying to improve women's employment and increase training of women who are laid off to help them get reemployed. More than 270,000 Chinese women have received employment training from labor departments, with 154,000 finding jobs or setting up their own businesses. About 21 percent of rural women in cities were fired after they became pregnant or had a child, state media reported on May 7.
Work safety campaign to be launched
The State Council released a document on May 15 stating that China will conduct an inspection and supervision campaign to try to improve work safety. The campaign will focus on high-risk industries such as mining, petrochemicals, non-ferrous metals, construction and fisheries.
Major labor accidents in May
It was reported in May that on average, 13 coal miners die per day in accidents. Xinhua report later in May stated that mining accident rescue teams saved 1,503 miners between January 2006 and April 2007, an average of about 90 lives per month.
Major industrial accidents that occurred in May:
|5/3||Baishuiwan Village, Anji County, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province||Shihuitang Quarry||Landslide||2 dead; 2 injured|
|5/4-5/10||Dewo Town, Anlong County, Bouyei-Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Qianxinan, Guizhou Province||Zhenpanjiang Chemical Plant||Arsine gas leak||3 died; 23 hospitalized|
|5/5||Linfen, Shanxi Province||Pudeng Coal Mine||Explosion||28 dead; 23 injured; 2 missing|
|5/7||Jiahe County, Hunan Province||Zhalin Coal Mine||Explosion||5 dead; 3 injured|
|5/7||Zhulin County, Wenshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province||Quarry||Controlled Explosion||5 dead; 6 injured|
|5/8||Yangtze River, Chongqing Municipality||Jinsha Shipping Co. Ltd Boat||Boat Capsized||3 missing|
|5/8||Hainan Island||Jiadexin Foodstuff Co. Ltd||Carbon monoxide poisoning||15 injured|
|5/9||Xiakou Village, Pingshan County, Hebei Province||Two houses||Explosion||4 dead; 11 injured|
|5/9||Shenyang, Liaoning Province||Mill||Explosion||8 injured|
|5/11||Cangzhou, Hebei Province||Cangzhou Dahua TDI Co. Ltd. Chemical Factory||Chemical explosion||3 dead; Dozens injured; 2,000 evacuated|
|5/11||Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province||Cangzhou Dahua Co. Ltd. Chemical Factory||Explosion||1 dead; 80 injured|
|5/11||Wuwei City, Gansu Province||Jiutiaoling Coal Mine||Explosion||2 dead; 10 injured|
|5/14||Jidong County, Jixi City, Heilongjiang Province||Hongyuan Mine||Gas Explosion||3 dead; 4 missing|
|5/15||Luntai, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region||Baoshan Coal Mine||Collapse||7 dead; 5 injured;|
|5/19||Huazi Town, Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province||Coal Mine||Explosion||3 dead; 3 injured|
|5/20||Daxian County, Sichuan Province||Shi'ergou Mine||Explosion||7 dead|
|5/23||Hunan Province||Nickel smelting furnace at Xiaochong Industry Co. Ltd||Explosion||10 injured|
|5/23||Sichuan Province||Xinglong Coal Mine||Explosion||13 dead; 7 injured|
|5/26||Shanghai||Workshop processing wood fragments||Explosion||4 dead; 5 injured|
|5/28||Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province||Baixinglou Restaurant||Fire||11 dead; 16 injured|
|5/28||Poguan Village, Guizhou Province||Huifeng Stone Material Factory||Explosion||8 dead|
|5/28||Fujian Province||Quanzhou-registered Freighter||Ship Collision||1 dead; 4 missing|
|5/30||Anping Township, Lianyuan City, Hunan Province||Xinwansan Coal Mine||Coal and gas outburst ||2 dead; 4 missing|
Coal mine owner Wang Jianjun was fined one million yuan ($129,800) and sentenced to life in prison for covering up a gas blast that killed 21 people in Shanxi Province in March. Wang sealed off information, sent miners home and destroyed evidence after the blast. Two of his managers were sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment, and another 19 defendants, including eight civil servants, were jailed.
Zhang Ruilin, one of the owners of the illegal coal mine in Shanxi Province where 14 people were killed in an explosion on April 30, was arrested on May 2. The police are still searching for the other owner, Zhao Laiyin, who, like Zhang, fled after the accident. Five other organizers have been detained in connection with the explosion.
Coal mine owner Hao Yingjie was detained after fleeing the Pudeng coal mine in Kecheng Township, Puxian County, after a gas blast killed 28 people. Twelve other people connected to the accident have also been detained.
State media reported that 133 people have been punished after being held responsible for five serious accidents that resulted in 249 deaths. Fifty-one people have been transferred to judicial departments while another 82 government officials at city and county levels have been disciplined. Three private coal mines involved in these accidents were fined more than 30 million yuan ($3.9 million) each.
A local court in Jiangsu Province sentenced cadre Zhu Xiaochun (朱晓春) to death with a two-year reprieve on embezzlement of public funds charges, according to a report on May 8.
Liu Yonghong was sentenced to life in prison on May 9 for taking bribes while posing as a reporter for the Party's official newspaper, People's Daily.
Zheng Xiaoyu (郑筱萸), former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, faces execution after a Beijing court convicted him on May 29 of graft and dereliction of duty. He said he would appeal. Zheng, 62, was head of the agency from 1998 to 2005, and was found to have taken bribes from eight companies.
Policeman Li Litian was sentenced to death by a local court in Henan on May 10 for throwing a man to his death from the third story of a police station. His accomplice Lu Liusheng was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.
A local court in Guangdong Province reduced the death penalty for three murderers (names not revealed) to death with a two-year reprieve after they paid 50,000 yuan in compensation to the victims' families, according to a newspaper report on May 25.
On May 17, Nigerian Ogoo Beze Nwoke (奔士) was sentenced to death with two-year reprieve by a local court in Sichuan Province on drug trafficking charges.
 "VOA Accused of Distorting Facts," Xinhua News Agency, May 4, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/05/content_6060013.htm.
 "Hackers Hijack TV Signal for Anti-Party Messages," South China Morning Post, May 4, 2007.
 "中国何时从"互联网之敌"名单上消失？ (When Will China Disappear from the List of "Enemies of the Internet"?)," Radio Free Asia, May 05, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/05/wang/.
 "MySpace China Hits 30,000 Registered Users ," Pacific Epoch, May 9, 2007, http://www.pacificepoch.com/newsstories/96387_0_5_0_M/.
 "临沂流行儿童手足口病 当地政府试图封锁消息 (Local Government in Shandong Blocks News About Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease)," Radio Free Asia, May 15, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/xinwen/2007/05/15/china_disease_info/.
 "China Steps Up Publishing Curbs on Magazines," Radio Free Asia, May 23, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/english/china/2007/05/23/china_media/.
 "China Shelves Real-Name Blogging Plan," Financial Times, May 22, 2007, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/69c7ffba-0879-11dc-b11e-000b5df10621,dwp_uuid= 9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html.
 "简要新闻∶海外博讯网记者孑木遭到拘捕 (Nanjing Journalist of Boxun Web Site Arrested)," Radio Free Asia, May 30, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/xinwen/2007/05/30/#jiemu.
 "中国公安部发出限制奥运入境"黑名单" (Ministry of Public Security Issues Internal Blacklist Prohibiting 11 Types of Individuals from Entering China During the Olympics)," Radio Free Asia, May 30, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/xinwen/2007/05/30/china_olympic.
 "'China Backtracking on Media Freedom Rights'," Agence France Presse, May 31, 2007, http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id= 3&art_id=nw20070531103506725C127191.
 "上海、湖北和成都官方压制上访维权 (Authorities in Shanghai and Other Localities Suppress Petitioners)," Radio Free Asia, May 04, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/04/shangfang.
 "Stealing the Dirt Beneath Farmers' Feet," South China Morning Post, May 16, 2007.
 "上海访民繁华街道聚集 抗议官方任意殴打 (Shanghai Petitioners Protest Against Police Abuse)," Radio Free Asia, May 09, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/09/shanghai.
 "自贡民告警非法关押案败诉 官员庭外操控结局早定？ (Sichuan Villagers Lose Lawsuit over Illegal Detention, Complain Court Was Controlled by Authorities)," Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/10/zigong.
 "Media Turns a Blind Eye at Politically Sensitive Period," South China Morning Post, May 14, 2007; "Fire Damages Iconic Mao Portrait," BBC, May 12, 2007, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6650123.stm.
 "最高检：疑难信访可听证 (Supreme People's Procuratorate Issues Regulation on Petitioning Work)," The Beijing News, May 14, 2007, http://email@example.com.
 "中国地方政府对付访民有新招：陪访和领访 (Local Government in Hubei Has New Methods for Handling Petitioners: Accompanying and Leading Petitioners)," Radio Free Asia, May 11, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/11/fangmin/.
 "Police Move In as Workers Defy Employer's Bid to Quit Shenzhen," South China Morning Post, May 30, 2007.
 "Guangxi Family Planning Protests Erupt Again in Rong County," Radio Free Asia, May 29, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/english/china/2007/05/29/china_guangxi/.
 "Calm Returns After Attacks on Government Offices in South China," Xinhua News Agency, May 31, 2007. Ching-Ching Ni, "The World; China's One-Child Policy Spurs Riots; Thousands of Peasants Battle Police After Alleged Sterilizations," Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2007; "China Family-Planning Protests Flare Anew," Reuters, May 31, 2007, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK95542.htm.
 "Protest Threat Delays Chinese Plant," Financial Times, May 31, 2007, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/e7042cde-0f12-11dc-b444-000b5df10621,_i_rssPage= 415f2042-300f-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8,Authorised=false.html?_i_location= http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2Fe7042cde-0f12-11dc-b444-000b5df1062 1%2C_i_rssPage%3D415f2042-300f-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8.html&_i_refer er=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fsearch%3Fq%3D%22Protest+threat+delays+ Chinese+plant%22.
 Human Rights in China, "Tiananmen Mothers Roundtable Calls for Official Accountability," May 31, 2007, http://www.hrichina.org/public/contents/39867.
 "简要新闻：北京异议人士何普在狱中被殴打 (In Brief: Beijing Dissident He Depu Beaten by Prison Inmate)," Radio Free Asia, May 06, 2007.
 "狱方拒收合法送书 不安排家人见陈光诚代写申诉 (Prison Authorities Refuse to Pass Family's Book to Chen Guangcheng, Wife Still Under House Arrest)," Radio Free Asia, May 08, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/08/chen_guangcheng.
 Minnie Chan, "Wife Steps Into Anti-pollution Warrior's Shoes After His Arrest," South China Morning Post, May 11, 2007.
 "国保监控期间强行绝育 维权人士称遭变相报复 (Rights Defender Forcibly Sterilized in Guangxi)," Radio Free Asia, May 14, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/14/jueyu.
 "Policeman on Tape Threatening Chinese Activist," Agence France Presse, May 21, 2007, http://web.lexis-nexis.com.proxy.uchicago.edu/universe/document?_m=8fb698166 c0325170ce5ab53db403ec5&_docnum=244&wchp= dGLbVtz-zSkVb&_md5=7ae3d6e15d9dbb511698d4c44d1faf9f.
 "北京残疾维权人士齐志勇被非法拘禁 (Disabled Beijing Rights Defender Detained for Organizing Birthday Celebration)," Radio Free Asia, May 15, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2007/05/15/qizhiyong.
 "中国民主党杭州成员 陈树庆狱中绝食抗议被长期关押 (Hangzhou-Based China Democracy Party Member Chen Shuqing Launches Hunger Strike over Prolonged Detention)," Radio Free Asia, May 18, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/xinwen/2007/05/18/china_dissident_detain/.
 "杭州异议人士朱虞夫找到辩护律师 (Mo Shaoping Becomes Defense Lawyer for Zhu Yufu)," Voice of America, May 28, 2007, http://www.voanews.com/chinese/w2007-05-28-voa17.cfm.
 "杭州异议人士朱虞夫找到辩护律师 (Mo Shaoping Becomes Defense Lawyer for Zhu Yufu)," Voice of America, May 28, 2007, http://www.voanews.com/chinese/w2007-05-28-voa17.cfm.
 Human Rights in China, "Rights Defender Guo Feixiong Maintains Innocence, is Formally Indicted," May 15, 2007, http://www.hrichina.org/public/contents/37607; Human Rights in China, "Case Update: Rights Defender Guo Feixiong's Trial Date Set," May 21, 2007, http://www.hrichina.org/public/contents/38474.
 Aisha Sherazi, "A Western Passport Should Mean Something," The Ottawa Citizen, May 5, 2007.
 "被判窃取国家机密的浙江环保人士谭凯刑满出狱 (Zhejiang Environmentalist Tan Kai Released from Jail)," Radio Free Asia, May 01, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/xinwen/2007/05/01/china_rights_environment.
 "简要新闻：湖北省维权工人代表周远斌被判刑二年六个月 (In Brief: Workers' Representative from Hubei Sentenced to 2 Years and 6 Months' Imprisonment for ‘Obstructing the Execution of Official Duties')," Radio Free Asia, May 29, 2007, http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/xinwen/2007/05/29/xinwen/#zhouyuanbin.
 "Driven by Poverty, China's Coal Miners Risk All"," Asia Times Online, May 3, 2007, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/IE03Cb01.html.
 "China Toils Over New Labor Law," Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2007, http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB117849173259593852-iksPXSVy WmuECE4t646qC0rO0P4_20070514.html?Mod=regionallinks.
 "China Improves Women Employment," Xinhua News Agency, May 7, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/07/content_6067100.htm.
 "China to Start Campaign To Curb Work Safety Accidents," Xinhua News Agency, May 15, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/15/content_6104919.htm.
 "China Mine Blast That Killed 30 Blamed On Drive To Boost Output," International Herald Tribune, May 9, 2007, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/09/asia/AS-GEN-China-Mine-Blast.php.
 "China's Mine Rescue Teams Save 90 Lives Every Month," Xinhua News Agency, May 30, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/31/content_6180828.htm.
 "Landslide in East China Quarry Kills Two Workers," China Daily, May 3, 2007, http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-05/03/content_865378.htm.
 "Toxic Gas Kills Three, Hospitalizes 23 in SW China," Xinhua News Agency, May 16, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/16/content_6107622.htm.
 "Death Toll in China Mine Blast Rises to 28," Reuters, May 7, 2007, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK166570.htm; "28 Die in N.China Coal Mine Blast," CCTV, May 8, 2007, http://www.cctv.com/english/20070508/102781.shtml.
 "Coal Mine Office Blast Kills 5, Injures 3," Xinhua News Agency, May 7, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/07/content_6066677.htm.
 "Quarry Blast Leaves Five Dead, Six Injured in SW China," Xinhua News Agency, May 8, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/09/content_6076833.htm.
 "Three People Missing After Boat Capsizes In Southwest China River," Xinhua News Agency, May 9, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/09/content_6076813.htm.
 "Carbon Monoxide Leak Leaves 15 Workers in Hospital in S. China," Xinhua News Agency, May 8, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/09/content_6073081.htm.
 "Village Explosion Kills Four, Injures 11 in north China," Xinhua News Agency, May 9, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/09/content_6077422.htm.
 "Eight Injured In Mill Explosion," Xinhua News Agency, May 9, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/English/2007-05/09/content_6076156.htm.
 "China Says 19 Seaweed Farm Workers Swept Into Sea," Reuters, April 17, 2007, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/T176055.htm.
 "One Person Killed In North China Chemical Factory Blast," Xinhua News Agency, May 11, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/11/content_6086870.htm and "N China Chemical Plant Blast Casualties In Stable Condition," Xinhua News Agency, May 14, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/14/content_6096555.htm.
 "Gas Blast Kills Two, Injures Ten In NW China Coal Mine," Xinhua News Agency, May 11, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/11/content_6086654.htm.
 "Three Confirmed Dead In NE China Colliery Gas Blast," Xinhua News Agency, May 16, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/16/content_6107276.htm.
 "Coal Mine Tunnel Collapse Leaves Four Dead," Xinhua News Agency, May 16, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/16/content_6105965.htm and "Death Toll Rises To Seven In Xinjiang Coal Mine Collapse," BBC, May 17, 2007.
 "China: Three Miners Killed, Three Injured In Mine Explosion In Liaoning," Xinhua News Agency, May 19, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/19/content_6122650.htm.
 "Death Toll In China Coal Mine Blast Rises To Seven," BBC, May 21, 2007, http://www.industrywatch.com/pages/iw2/Story.nsp?story_id=106599925&ID= iw&scategory=Metals+%26+Minerals%3ARegulations&P=&F=&R=&VNC=hnall.
 "Smeltery Blast Injures 10 In Central China," China Broadcast, May 24, 2007, http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
 "China Coal Mine Blast Kills 13," Agence France Presse, May 24, 2007, http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=65644.
 "Explosion Kills Four, Injures Five in Shanghai Workshop," Xinhua News Agency, May 27, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/27/content_6159132.htm.
 "Nanjing Subway Construction Cave-In Kills Two," China.com, May 29, 2007, http://english.china.com/zh_cn/news/society/11020309/20070529/14127738.html.
 "Three Detained For Fatal Chinese Restaurant Blaze," The Press Trust of India, May 28, 2007, http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200705281322.htm.
 "Eight Killed In Quarry Blast In Southwest China," The Press Trust of India, May 28, 2007, http://news.andhrajyothy.com/dotNews/dotNews-readNews.aspx?newsId=6369.
 "Ship Collision Leaves One Dead, Four Missing In Southeast China," Eastday.com, May 28, 2007, http://english.eastday.com/eastday/englishedition/nation/userobject1ai2866447.html.
 "2 Dead, 4 Missing In Coal Mine Accident in SW China," Xinhua News Agency, May 30, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/30/content_6175918.htm.
 "China Coal Mine Owner Gets Life For Cover-Up," Reuters, May 1, 2007, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SHA101220.htm.
 "Fugitive Mine Owner Nabbed By Police, Other Still At Large," Xinhua News Agency, May 2, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/02/content_6054462.htm.
 "Coal Mine Boss Detained For Gas Blast That Killed 28 Miners," Xinhua News Agency, May 9, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/09/content_6078001.htm.
 "China Punishes 133 People In Five Serious Accidents," Xinhua News Agency, May 10, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-05/10/content_6079936.htm.
 "弟弟贪千万公款助哥哥豪赌 分别被判死缓和无期 (Jiangsu Cadre Sentenced to Death with Two-Year Reprieve for Embezzling Public Funds to Help Brother Addicted to Gambling)," Xinhua News Agency, May 08, 2007, http://news.xinhuanet.com/legal/2007-05/08/content_6070649.htm.
 "China Sentences Fake Reporter To Life In Prison For Bribery," International Herald Tribune, May 9, 2007, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/09/asia/AS-GEN-China-Fake-Reporter.php.
 "Corrupt Drugs Chief to Appeal Against His Death Sentence," South China Morning Post, May 31, 2007.
 "China Says Official's Death Sentence Is A 'Warning'," ABC Radio Australia, May 31, 2007, http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/s1939252.htm.
 "In Brief: Policeman, Court Official Get Death Sentences for Murder," South China Morning Post, May 14, 2007.
 "东莞杀人犯赔偿5万获减刑 (Death Penalty for 3 Murderers Reduced to Reprieve Sentences in Guangdong Province After Compensating 50,000 Yuan to Victims' Families)," The Beijing News, May 25, 2007, http://email@example.com.
 "体内藏海洛因746克 成都首次判决外籍毒贩死刑 (Storing 746 Grams of Heroin Inside His Body, Nigerian Sentenced to Death by Chengdu Court)," Legal Daily, May 18, 2007, http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/2007ajzj/2007-05/18/content_619426.htm.