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November 2007

November 30, 2007

The information contained in this summary is based on information collected by HRIC in November and is not intended as a complete list. Rather, it should be viewed as a representation of larger trends of dissent and repression in China.

Media Censorship

Petitions and Protests

Human Rights Defenders


Death Penalty

Media Censorship

Official notice restrains China editors’ Olympics coverage
In early November, the Central Publicity Department reportedly issued a notice ordering editors not to run Olympic-related stories that would portray China negatively. Shao Shiwei (邵世伟), deputy chief of the publicity department of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG), reportedly also told newspaper publishers in September that the press should “be more careful” in their Olympics coverage to safeguard China’s image.[1]

Website conference in Beijing discusses Internet censorship
The third annual Chinese Website Conference took place in Beijing on November 4. Over 300 website managers and bloggers from China and overseas met to exchange information about technology, Internet trends, and other technical information. Participants also discussed ways of bypassing internet surveillance in China.[2]

Grassroots publication and websites shut down
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on November 8 that grassroots publication Minjian (Civil Society) had been banned, and its website shut down because it had covered forced land confiscation by authorities in Longquan City, Zhejiang. The website of the blogging forum Niubo was also shut down.[3]

Newspaper shut down
According to a November 11 report by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese police shut down Social News on the grounds that it was not licensed for distribution by the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP). The newspaper had been operating for two years when it published a series of reports criticizing a local court in Yingkou, Liaoning Province, arousing police attention.[4]

Interviewee warned not to speak to foreign journalist
On November 15, RFA reported that villager Chen Yanping (陈艳萍) of Taiping, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was warned by local authorities not to accept interviews from foreign journalists. Chen said that a day before she spoke to a Swiss journalist about rights defense activities in the village, a group of men arrived at her home to monitor her. She also said that villagers felt in danger of their lives.[5]

China to collect information on foreign reporters
On November 12, China Daily reported that GAPP was building a database of information on the approximately 30,000 foreign reporters accredited to cover the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The next day, Chinese Olympic officials denied the existence of such a database, stating that the reporter had made a mistake.[6]

Media censors give rise to “citizen” reporters
On November 12, Reuters reported a trend among Chinese bloggers to cover news events that China’s controlled press leaves unreported. Through Internet blogs, these “citizen reporters” can more easily evade censors. Those with grievances can pay citizen reporters to travel to their homes and report their stories, creating a profitable market for citizen reporters.[7]

Law student sues government for censoring movie
The Associated Press reported on November 15 that Dong Yanbin (董彦斌), a doctorate law student at the China University of Political Science and Law, sued the Chinese government censoring Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution. He accused the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) of failing to set up a movie ratings system that would allow adults to watch the uncensored version. Dong also sued the movie theater where he saw the film for denying him the consumer’s right to information.[8]

News on protests against police censored
According to RFA, on November 18, a Zhejiang migrant worker died following police inaction after he jumped into a river during a police chase. After the incident, over 1,000 individuals protested against the police, and anti-riot squads were dispatched by local authorities. Videos, photos, and discussions on the protests were posted online, but were promptly removed by authorities.[9]

CBC denies accusations of censorship
According to reports by the Canadian Press on November 21, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) denied accusations that it censored Beyond the Red Wall: The Persecution of Falun Gong, its documentary about China’s repression of the Falun Gong movement, under pressure from Chinese officials and amid fears that the broadcaster’s deal to broadcast the Olympics would be jeopardized.[10]

Website on corruption shut down
RFA reported on November 22 the website “Zhonghua Shen Zhengwang,” which has reported on government corruption in Shanghai, was shut down again. Webmaster Sun Qiang (孙强) said the website has been repeatedly censored since it began to expose the illegal activities of Shanghai Public Security Bureau Chief Wu Zhiming (吴志明), nephew of Jiang Zemin (江泽民), in May of this year.[11]

Background checks on foreign journalists ahead of the Olympics
On November 27, deputy head of the 2008 Games accreditation office Yang Minghui (杨明辉), told foreign news agencies that background checks on all foreign journalists applying to cover the 2008 games will be carried out in order to guarantee safety during the games. If checks fail, journalists’ accreditation will not proceed and their information will be sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a final decision.[12] All press members must be nominated by the International Olympic Committee, a National Olympic Committee, or International Sports Federation to achieve accreditation. Individual applications would not be accepted.[13]

More than 1,000 Sichuan websites shut down
RFA reported on November 28 that China’s Legal Daily recently detailed the success of a national crackdown on online pornography started by the Ministry of Information Industry in April 2007. The crackdown included closing 1,450 unregistered websites and 1,050 forums, and blocking more than 200 “illegal forums” in Mianyang City, Sichuan Province, from April to September. Critics, however, contend that the crackdown targets websites that contain political news.[14]

Home of journalist and blogger Zhai Minglei searched
On November 29, Chinese police searched the home of journalist and blogger Zhai Minglei (翟明磊) and took away his printer and computer hard disk. According to the police, the search was linked to the “illegal publication” of the magazine Minjian. Zhai’s blog, “Yaobao,” was nominated for the international Best of Blogs (BoB) awards.[15]

Petitions and Protests

Villagers beaten by thugs
On November 1, about 100 Yingcun villagers in Wuhan’s Hongshan District, who had refused to leave their land, were beaten by 40 to 50 thugs. Seven people were severely beaten, including three elderly women. Villagers believed the thugs were employed by a development company.[16]

Petitioner for laid-off workers detained
On November 1, RFA reported that petitioner Li Guohong (李国宏) was detained in Puyang, Henan Province. A few days before his detention, Li was reportedly making plans to find a lawyer in Beijing to seek legal redress from Zhongyuan Oil Field in relation to unfulfilled contractual obligations towards its 10,000 laid-off workers, who have unsuccessfully petitioned for compensation since 2001.[17] Li was kept under administrative detention for 15 days and on November 18, the family said Li had been further sentenced to a year and a half of Reeducation-Through-Labor.[18]

Petitioners detained and forced to promise not to petition
RFA reported on November 2 that around the time of the 17th Party Congress, 20 petitioners from Heilongjiang Province were detained at an alleged charity and rescue station in Jixi City. Detained petitioner Sun Wenyuan (孙文远) said petitioners were only released after signing a document promising not to petition. Sun, however, has refused to sign such a document and was not released.[19]

Petitioner sent to study session after interview with foreign journalist
Shandong petitioner Wang Quilan (王秋兰) was sent to a study session a week after she gave an interview to British journalists from The Economist on November 6. Wang believes the punishment is linked to both her interview with The Economist and her rights defense work on behalf of cadres who formerly served in the military.[20]

Street vendor beaten to death
On November 7, Sichuan street vendor Liang Yungui (梁云贵) was beaten to death by town government officials after a dispute arose during inspection. Local authorities have denied the incident and barred media coverage. Following the vendor’s death, thousands of people protested at Sichuan government buildings, demanding that the responsible parties are punished.[21]

Petitioner detained on state secrets charges
Shanghai petitioner Gong Haoming (龚浩明) was detained by the Huangpu Sub-Bureau of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau on November 8, reportedly on suspicion of leaking state secrets. Soon after his arrest, the police conducted a three-hour search of his home with a search warrant, and seized a computer and petitioning materials. Later the same night, Gong Haoming's mother's home was also searched, but no search warrant was produced.[22]

Housing petitioners released after illegal detention

Housing rights petitioners Shen Yongmei (沈咏梅) and Zhou Minwen (周敏文) were released after being illegally detained, according to reports on November 8. In an apparent move to suppress petitioning activities, Shen and Zhou, along with thousands of other petitioners, were rounded up ahead of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai (October 2–11) and the 17th Party Congress in Beijing (October 15–21).[23]

Open letter petitioner sentenced to RTL

On November 13, Heilongjiang farmer and petitioner, Liu Jie (刘杰) was reportedly sentenced to 1.5 years of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.” On October 8, Liu launched an open letter signed by more than 12,000 petitioners calling on leaders at the 17th Party Congress to implement political and legal reforms.[24] Liu’s family is now considering an appeal.[25]

Henan police strip and beat petitioning teacher
Henan police reportedly stripped and beat private school teacher Zhang Qixin (张启新) for trying to petition in Beijing over dismissal and retirement benefits. On November 17, officials from the Letters and Complaints Office of Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo City, Henan Province, which is responsible for petitions, intercepted Zhang on a train to Beijing and detained him in a local police station in Xiuwu until November 21. Police officers reportedly striped and beat Zhang repeatedly during this time, to force him to give names of other petitioners.[26]

Tension between Tibetans and Han Chinese escalates
On November 19, an altercation between a Han Chinese shop owner and Tibetan monks in Naqu District, Tibet Autonomous Region, escalated into a riot. Police arrested the monks, but not the shop owner, and took them to the county public security bureau. Around 600 herdsmen began smashing shops owned by Han Chinese and attacked the police when their demands for the monks’ release were not met. Authorities called in 800 paramilitaries, sealed off the area, and cut telephone lines. Seven people were arrested over the clashes.[27]

AIDS patients hold sit-ins
After staging a sit-in at Ningling County Women and Children’s Hospital in Henan Province on November 19, 18 AIDS patients were forcibly removed by police. They were demanding copies of their medical records that would help prove they were infected through hospital blood transfusions.[28] A group of female AIDS activists were later arrested on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.” Human rights activist Hu Jia (胡佳) said Henan authorities has begun to cut-off the phone communications of patients who became infected through blood transfusions in order to block negative publicity.[29]

Hunan authorities list rewards for state agents who punish petitioners
On November 20, RFA reported that Hunan Pan-Blue Alliance member Xie Fulin (谢福林) said he has an internal government document, listing amounts of cash rewards for local authorities who punish petitioners. According to this document, a county public security bureau will be given a 2,000 yuan “operation subsidy” for detaining a petitioner, and 6,000 yuan for sentencing the petitioner to RTL. If a petitioner is criminally sanctioned, the county public security bureau, procuratorate, and court will be rewarded with 6,000, 2,000, and 2,000 yuan, respectively.[30]

Protesters demand government aid
On November 21, thousands of people took to the streets of Shenyang, Liaoning Province, and surrounded government offices to demand assistance in recovering money from a get-rich-quick scheme by Yilishen Group to raise ants for a health tonic. Many of the protesters were laid-off workers and farmers who had put their savings into the scheme.[31]

Five detained following land dispute
As of November 27, at least five people were detained in Guangdong Province following a sit-in protesting a government land grab. Hundreds of officials and security personnel also patrolled Shibixia Village, Huidong County, following the demonstrations. The villagers were protesting the local government’s land requisition.[32]

Yunnan laid-off workers sign “no petitioning agreement”
RFA reported on November 28 that authorities of Ninglang County, Yunnan Province, ordered township officials to compel 400 laid-off cadres to sign a “no petitioning agreement,” so these laid-off cadres would not petition or reveal their grievances online. Li Fapu (李发普), one of their representatives, has been detained since July, according to his sister.[33]

Human Rights Defenders

Harassment and other unfavorable treatment
Human rights activist Hu Jia (胡佳) was stopped by security officers as he was leaving his house to visit his pregnant wife, Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕), in the hospital. According to Hu, he was severely beaten and sustained injuries to his face and arms. He was later allowed to continue on his way, but the officers followed him. At the hospital, around eight police officers were stationed outside the maternity ward to monitor Hu.[34]

Guangzhou rights defense lawyer Tang Jingling (唐荆陵) was harassed by the Guangzhou and Chongqing State Security Police while on vacation in Chongqing on November 15. Tang was traveling with fellow rights defense activist Li Weizhong (李维忠), and both were forced to return to Guangzhou. Tang told RFA that the harassment was likely due to authorities wanting to limit his travels to other parts of the country.[35]

On November 25, rights defense lawyer Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠) was again beaten by a state security officer, forcibly taken to a police station, and interrogated for seven hours. This is the eighth time since August that Zheng has been summoned and interrogated by state security personnel. Zheng was convicted in 2003 on charges of “illegally providing state secrets abroad” for representing displaced residents in Shanghai who were evicted from their homes for urban redevelopment.[36]

Prison conditions
RFA reported on November 21 that Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚) was mistreated in prison. Chen has yet to receive the books that his lawyer had asked prison authorities to pass on to him in October, and other inmates are barred from talking to Chen. Chen’s wife Yuan Weijing (袁伟静) has not been allowed to see him for two months.[37] Yuan has also been prevented from visiting their 4-year-old son, who is living with her parents in Linshu County, Shadong Province. Ever since Chen’s detention in 2006, Yuan has been kept under strict surveillance by local authorities.[38]

On November 28, RFA reported that Internet activist Guo Qizhen (郭起真), who is currently serving a four-year sentence, recently asked his wife, Zhao Zhangqin (赵长芹), to publish an open letter to the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) denouncing the abuses and beatings he has received in prison and his family’s hardships as result of his imprisonment. Guo was convicted in 2006 on charges of “inciting subversion” for exposing corruption cases online.[39]

Trial developments
On November 2, RFA reported that Zhejiang lawyer Chen Yuefei (陈越飞) lost a lawsuit claiming that the provincial court had abused its power by striping him of his legal license to practice law. Chen had previously worked as a party secretary and propaganda official in the Luqiao District of Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, and had exposed corruption of the Discipline Committee.[40]

Environmental activist Wu Lihong (吴立红) lost his appeal of a three-year conviction on blackmail and fraud charges on November 5. Wu said during his first trial in August that police had tortured him until he confessed to these charges, but the judge ruled that Wu’s confession remained valid.[41]

Human rights defender and legal advisor Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) was convicted on November 14 of "illegal business activity" and sentenced to five years' imprisonment and fined 40,000 yuan by the Guangzhou Tianhe District Court.[42] Guo later said he will not appeal his sentence but called on the government to enact political reforms, release political prisoners, allow exiled dissidents back to China, and improve prisons’ conditions.[43]

Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer called on the U.S. Congress on October 31 to monitor the movement of young Uyghur women from their homes in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to factories in eastern China, and to use future human rights dialogues with China to call for an end to the practice. She described the women as “cheap slave labor and potential sex workers.” According to Kadeer, a total of approximately 240,000 people have been removed from the XUAR.[44]

Journalist Gao Qinrong (高勤荣) was awarded the International Press Freedom Award on November 20 from the Committee to Protect Journalists in recognition for his work uncovering a corrupt irrigation project. Gao served his prison sentence of eight years and was released last year, but Beijing would not issue him a passport to attend the award ceremony in New York City.[45]

Former newspaper editor Li Changqing (李长青) was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers’ annual press freedom prize, according to reports on November 20. The award marks the second year in a row that an imprisoned Chinese journalist is given the prize. Li was sentenced last year to three years in prison for “spreading false and alarmist information.”[46]


China reports major decline in industrial accidents
The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) announced a growing decline in industrial accidents and deaths since the 2003 implementation of the Safety Production Law, a five-year campaign to improve China’s industrial safety record. Accidental deaths fell by approximately 14 percent in the first ten months of 2007. The death toll for the ten months is 3,069; China remains the world’s deadliest coal industry.[47]

Ten months, ten million jobs
According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS), China created jobs for more than ten million urbanites in the first ten months of 2007, surpassing the nine million job target for the year, earlier than expected.[48]

Winter may bring more coal mine accidents
On November 1, SAWS warned of a possible increase in coal mine accidents as production will accelerate to meet winter demand. SAWS ordered the closure of collieries that failed to meet safety standards and urged local governments to accelerate the closure of small mines. The heating season for northern China started November 15, and will last four months.[49]

Special inspections launched to safeguard rural workers’ wages
Starting November 1, the MLSS launched a special inspection to investigate wage payment of rural workers. Employers are to submit detailed reports to the MLSS on wage payment, explaining any defaults and making compensating budgets. On November 16, the Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Public Security, and the All China Federation of Trade Unions joined the MLSS in its investigation. The investigation will end January 31, 2008.[50]

Unreasonable dismissals unacceptable under new law
On November 3, it was reported that Labor and Social Security authorities in Guangdong Province have warned companies against laying-off employees in order to evade obligations required under the new Labor Contract Law. The new law will be enforced on January 1, 2008, and will require employers to offer contracts with unfixed terms to employees who have worked for ten consecutive years. The warning came a few weeks after Huawei Technology persuaded 7,000 of its employees approaching the ten year mark to resign “voluntarily” and sign new contracts with fixed terms ranging from one to three years.[51]

Disney investigates labor abuse claims
On November 7, the Walt Disney Company said it sent a team to investigate allegations of labor abuse at Tianyu Toys Factory in Dongguan City. According to Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, employees there were underpaid and had been forced to work overtime.[52]

New regulation to aid laborers
Under the Employment Services and Employment Management Regulation issued on November 7, migrant workers who were previously farmers will get the same labor rights as their counterparts from towns and cities starting next year. Also under the regulation, no laborers can be discriminated against on the grounds of ethnicity, race, gender, or religious belief when seeking employment.[53]

Coal industry to be restructured
On November 8, Xinhua News Agency reported that China plans to restructure its coal industry by regrouping coal companies and forming six to eight coal groups, with each boasting a production capacity of 100 million tons by 2010. According to the China National Coal Association, China’s coal companies need regrouping to make better use of their resources. China Daily reported on November 30 that China will not approve new coal mine projects with an annual capacity of less than 300,000 tons before 2010. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) also proposed that coal mines in coal-abundant regions such as Shanxi, Shaanxi, and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) need a production capacity of over 1.2 million tons for approval.[54]

SAWS takes preventative measures against coal mine accidents
Starting the week of November 15, SAWS will send seven teams to 14 major coal production bases to supervise the implementation of work safety measures. The ten-member teams include SAWS officials and officials from the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety. They will head to provinces that regularly report fatal coal mine accidents, including Guizhou, Shanxi, and Yunnan. The investigation is set to last one month.[55]

Major labor accidents in November:

In November, labor accidents left 217 dead, 154 injured, and 41 missing.

Date Location Industry Disaster Casualties
11/1 Wangxinzhuang Village, Xiaoxian County, Anhui Province Construction site Site collapse[56] 4 dead, 4 injured
11/2 Jingle County, Xinzhou City, Shanxi Province Shanxi Jinle Coal Mine Industrial Co. Ltd. Coal mine collapse[57] 9 dead
11/3 Hufangqiao, Xuanwu District, Beijing Construction site Site collapse[58] 2 dead, 4 injured
11/4 Coast of Ningbo, Eastern Zhejiang Province Minxiayu 1121, Fishing Boat Boat capsized[59] 9 missing
11/7 Qitaihe City, Heilongjiang Province Changcheng Coalmine Co. Ltd. Colliery blast[60] 6 dead
11/8 Nayong County, Guizhou Province Qunli Coal Mine Gas leak[61] 35 dead
11/10 Liuyang City, Hunan Province Dahu Firecrackers Co. Explosion[62] 6 dead, 2 missing
11/11 East China Sea Fishing boat Boat capsized[63] 11 missing
11/11 Chang’an District, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province Quarry Landslide[64] 3 missing
11/12 Pingdingshan City, Henan Province Pingdingshan Coal (Group) Co., Ltd. Gas explosion[65] 12 dead
11/14 Chengde County, Hebei Province Lantian Foot Massage Parlor Fire[66] 11 dead, 2 injured
11/14 Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province Construction site Elevator failure[67] 11 dead, 6 injured
11/19 Dengjia Village, Guiyang County, Hunan Province Home-made explosives (for ore extraction) Explosion[68] 6 dead, 3 injured
11/20 Badong County, Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province Railway construction Landslide[69] 32 dead
11/20 Sunan County, Zhangye City, Gansu Province Shuimogou Mine, owned by Jiutiaoling Mining Co. Ltd. Gas explosion[70] 8 dead
11/21 Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province Yuxing Paper Co., Ltd Methane leak[71] 3 dead, 2 injured
11/21 Off the coast of Shandong Province Cargo carrier Ship capsized[72] 15 dead, 1 missing
11/24 Pudong New District, Shanghai Gas station Explosion[73] 4 dead, 32 injured
11/24 Xiashetang Village, Hepu County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Fireworks workshop Explosion[74] 3 dead, 13 injured
11/25 Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province Firecracker factory Explosion[75] 5 dead, 1 injured
11/25 Houma City, Shanxi Province Construction site Site collapse[76] 3 dead, 6 injured
11/25 Shiqiaozi Village, Ganquan Township, Haicheng City, Liaoning Province Iron Tailings Dam Dam collapse[77] 10 dead, 17 injured, 6 missing
11/26 Laibin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Sugarcane boat Boat capsized[78] 1 dead, 8 missing
11/27 Luojia Village, Yongxing County, Chenzhou City, Hunan Province Firecracker workshop Explosion[79] 13 dead, 6 injured
11/27 Xiangshui County, Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province Jiangsu United Chemistry and Technology Co. Ltd. Explosion[80] 7 dead, 50 injured, 1 missing
11/28 Yangjiazhuang Township, Yangquan City, Shanxi Province Xingtong Fireworks and Firecrackers Co. Ltd. Explosion[81] 11 dead, 8 injured


Xinhua News Agency reported on November 8 that police in northern China arrested four people allegedly involved in an illegal mining operation that destroyed a section of the Great Wall. The section, ten meters high and 23 meters long, was destroyed with mining machines over a week-long period in mid-October. It was located at Luliang Mountain in Qingshuihe County, IMAR.[82]

On November 27, Xinhua News Agency reported the detention of eight people held responsible for a gas leak in a coal mine in Guizhou Province, which killed 35 people on November 8. The eight included Liu Longling, an investor in the mine, Li Tianxiang, a relative of Liu who was in charge of the mining project, and six other mine managers. The operation of the mine was suspended, and the families of the dead were each compensated 200,000 yuan.[83]

Death Penalty

On November 23, China’s Chief Justice, Xiao Yang (萧扬), reported that the number of death sentences has been decreasing gradually since the beginning of the year, when the SPC reassumed power to review all death sentences with immediate execution from local courts. Xiao also reported that cases of death sentences with a two-year reprieve have outnumbered those sentenced to immediate execution.[84]

Non-violent crimes

On November 6, the Xiamen Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Yan Changfen (颜长芬) and Chen He (陈鹤) to death with a two-year reprieve for smuggling precious wildlife species from Indonesia into China.[85]

Reported on November 15, a former diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, Wang Qingqian (王庆前), was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve by a military court on charges of leaking military secrets to Japan.[86]

On November 15, the Hebei Higher People’s Court upheld the death sentence of highway construction company manager Zhang Guanli (张广利), convicted on charges of corruption, bribery and embezzlement .[87]

Reported on November 22, Chen Naizhi (陳乃智), originally from Guangdong and now a Canadian national, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court for smuggling cars and evading taxes.[88]

Reported on November 26, a migrant worker from Sichuan, Peng Deng (彭登), was sentenced to death by the Xiamen Intermediate People’s Court for raping five girls and sexually assaulting another two between ages eight and 12.[89]

Drug trafficking

Lu Chunming (吕春明) and Wei Xinsheng (魏新胜) were executed on November 20 by the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court. The execution came after the SPC approved Lu’s and Wei’s death sentences on charges of drug trafficking, robbery and murder.[90]

Reported on November 27, Anhui farmer Zheng Guoliang (郑国良), who was also a deputy in the provincial People’s Congress, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve by an Anhui court for possession of firearms and drug smuggling.[91]

Violent crimes

On October 26, Zhou Guohua (周国华) was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court for murdering a medical professor. Amid calls for a death sentence with immediate execution from the public, the vice-president of the court, Huang Rongkang, defended the suspended sentence on the grounds of insufficient evidence.[92]

On November 1, the Beijing Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Zhang Xinlei (张心磊) and Zhang Xinliang (张信良) to death for murder.[93]

On November 6, the Gansu Higher People’s Court sentenced Jiang Zhiqiang (蒋志强) and Zhu Jianlin (朱建林) to death for armed robbery and murder.[94]

Around November 14, Shi Zhigang (石志刚) and Li Mingxing (李明星) were sentenced to death by a Shanxi court for murdering a woman in a robbery. Their accomplices, Guo Suming (郭苏明) and Zhao Qiaogen (赵俏根), were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.[95]

On November 21, the Guangdong Higher People’s Court upheld the death sentence with a two-year reprieve for Huang Wenyi (黄文义), a mentally ill man who was convicted for murdering five of his family members and another person.[96]

On November 24, the Henan Higher People’s Court upheld the death sentence of policeman Li Weitian (李立田) and the death sentence with a two-year reprieve of court official Lu Liusheng (吕留生). Both were convicted on charges of murder.[97]

On November 28, Dong Wenyu (董文语) was executed in Zhejiang after the SPC approved his death sentence on murder, robbery, rape, and other charges.[98]

On November 29, the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court sentenced truck driver Jin Ximing (金喜明) to death on charges of murder for killing two men during a road dispute.[99]



[1] “Media Muzzled on Olympics Coverage,” South China Morning Post, November 13, 2007.

[2] Ding Xiao, “Chinese Blogger Conference Conducted in Beijing, Advocates Freedom of Speech Online” [中文网志年会北京召开 倡导网络言论表达自由], Radio Free Asia, November 7, 2007,

[3] Ding Xiao, “Foreign Website on China's Civil Society Blocked in China; Intellectuals' Blogs Shut Down” [《民间》遭封《牛博》被关 民众之声不断被扼制], Radio Free Asia, November 8, 2007,

[4] “Police Close ‘Illegal’ Newspaper, Arrest 2,” Xinhua News Agency, November 11, 2007,; “China Shuts Down Paper, Detains ‘Fake’ Journalists,” Agence France-Presse, November 12, 2007,

[5] Xin Yu, “Chengdu Villager Warned Not to Give Interview to Foreign Journalists” [瑞士记者采访成都太平村 维权代表被官员警告], Radio Free Asia, November 15, 2007,

[6] “China Defends Databases on Foreign Journalists,” Reuters, November 13, 2007,; China Officials Deny Media File Reports,” Associated Press, November 13, 2007,

[7] “China’s Citizen Reporters Dodge Censors and Critics,” Reuters, November 12, 2007,

[8] “Law Student Sues China’s Government For Censoring Steamy Scenes In Ang Lee Movie,” Associated Press, November 15, 2007,

[9] Ding Xiao, “1,000 Zhejiang Residents Protest Police Inaction over Drowned Migrant Worker; Online Discussion on Protest Censored” [湖州千人抗议警察见死不救 维权人士被问话网上议论遭删], Radio Free Asia, November 20, 2007,

[10] “CBC Denies It Bowed To China Because Of The Olympics Over Documentary,” The Canadian Press, November 21, 2007,

[11] Li Jingwen, “Website Shut Down Again After Revealing Scandals in Shanghai” [揭露上海官场腐败的“中华申正网”再次遭当局关闭], Radio Free Asia, November 22, 2007,

[12] Shi Shan, “Chinese Olympic Cadres to Look Into Background of Foreign Olympic Journalists” [中国将对采访奥运记者进行背景调查], Radio Free Asia, November 27, 2007,

[13] “China Defends Databases On Foreign Journalists,” Reuters, November 13, 2007,; China Officials Deny Media File Reports,” Associated Press, November 13, 2007,; “Journalists Invited To Register For Olympics,” China Daily,, November 29, 2007,

[14] Shi Shan, “One Thousand Websites Shut Down in Mianyang, Sichuan Province” [四川绵阳关闭上千网站], Radio Free Asia, November 28, 2007,

[15] Reporters Without Borders, “China: Police Search Home Of Journalist And Blogger Zhai Minglei,” November 30, 2007,

[16] Feng Riyao, “In Wuhan Hongshan District Nearly One Hundred Villagers Who Refused to Move Beaten by Thugs” [武汉洪山区近百拒迁村民阻工遭暴徒殴打], Radio Free Asia, November 2, 2007,

[17] Xin Yu, “Workers from the Zhongyuan Oil Field Seeking Legal Settlement of Contract Problem Detained” [中原油田职工寻法律途径解决合同问题却被关押], Radio Free Asia, November 1, 2007,

[18] Shi Shan, “Rights Defender Li Guohong Sentenced to RTL” [维权人士李国宏被判劳教], Radio Free Asia, November 18, 2007,

[19] Xin Yu, “Heilongjiang Petitioners Detained and Abused in ‘Rescue Station’” [黑龙江访民被关押在救助站内并遭虐待], Radio Free Asia, November 2, 2007,

[20] Yan Ming, “Shandong Petitioner Sent to "Law Class" After Giving Interview to British Journalists” [烟台军转干部接受英国记者采访被变相软禁], Radio Free Asia, November 15, 2007,

[21] Xin Yu, “Thousands Protest at Sichuan Government Buildings After Vendor Is Beaten to Death” [四川省宜宾市发生城管打死小贩事件], Radio Free Asia, November 13, 2007,

[22] Human Rights in China, “News Update: Shanghai Petitioner Gong Haoming Detained Under Suspicion Of Leaking State Secrets,” November 12, 2007,

[23] Human Rights in China, “Detained Petitioners Finally Released After Close Of Party Congress, Special Olympics,” November 8, 2007,

[24] “In Brief: Heilongjiang Petitioner Sentenced to RTL After Launching Open Letter Calling for Justice for Petitioners” [简要新闻:黑龙江农垦上访维权代表刘杰被劳教], Radio Free Asia, November 13, 2007,

[25] Ding Xiao, “Family to Appeal Liu Jie's RTL Sentence; Launchers of Open Letter Have No Regrets” [万人上书发起人遭劳教 受威胁组织者不言悔], Radio Free Asia, November 14, 2007,

[26] Yan Xiao, “Henan Police Strip and Beat Private School Teacher over Petitioning Activity in Beijing” [河南民师上访被扒光衣服毒打], Radio Free Asia, November 22, 2007,

[27] “Tibetans Riot In Rural Town, Police Seal Area,” Reuters, November 25, 2007,; “China Reports 7 Detained In Southwestern Tibet Riots; Shops, Offices Attacked,” Associated Press, November 28, 2007,

[28] Anita Chang, “China Farmers With HIV/AIDS Hold Sit-In,” Associated Press, November 21, 2007,

[29] Xin Yu, “Ahead of World’s AIDS Day, Yuling Rights’ Defenders Detained” [艾滋病日前宁陵维权妇女被正式拘留], Radio Free Asia, November 23, 2007,

[30] Xin Yu, “Internal Document in Hunan Lists Amount of Cash Rewards for State Agents Who Punish Petitioners According to Law” [湖南对江永粗石江镇土地强行施工 内部下发打压上访者文件?], Radio Free Asia, November 20, 2007,

[31] “Thousands Protest Over China Ant Aphrodisiac Scheme,” Reuters, November 21, 2007,

[32] “China Detains Five In Guangdong Land Dispute,” Radio Free Asia, November 27, 2007,

[33] Han Qing, “County Authorities in Yunnan Force Petitioners to Sign ‘No Petitioning Agreement’” [云南强迫上访维权的干部签署《停访协议书》], Radio Free Asia, November 28, 2007,

[34] Human Rights in China, “HRIC Statement: Human Rights In China Condemns Attack On Hu Jia,” November 12, 2007,

[35] Yan Ming, “Rights Defender Still Detained; Human Rights Lawyer Harassed During Trip” [维权人士李国宏仍被拘 唐荆陵等被国保警察骚扰], Radio Free Asia, November 16, 2007,

[36] Ding Xiao, “Zheng Enchong Beaten and Taken to Police Station Again for 7 hours” [郑恩宠再被暴力传唤 当局阻挠外媒采访周正毅案], Radio Free Asia, November 26, 2007,

[37] Ding Xiao, “Chen Guangcheng Discriminated Against in Jail; Wife Barred from Leaving Home” [陈光诚狱中受歧视 妻子继续被剥权], Radio Free Asia, November 21, 2007,

[38] Ji Lisi, “Yuan Weijing Barred from Visiting Son” [袁伟静被禁止探望孩子], Radio Free Asia, November 22, 2007,

[39] Lin Letong, “Dissident Guo Qizhen Issues Open Letter Protesting Mistreatment in Prison” [异见人士郭超真发表公开信抗议监狱虐待], Radio Free Asia, November 28, 2007,

[40] Fang Yuan, “Zhejiang Lawyer Vows to Appeal Cancellation of Lawyer Licence” [浙江律师陈越飞二审败诉称要申诉],Radio Free Asia, November 2, 2007,

[41] Joseph Kahn, “Protector Of Lake Loses Appeal In Chinese Court,” New York Times, November 6, 2007, 06lake.html?_r=2&ref=asia&oref=slogin&oref=slogin.

[42] Human Rights in China, “Rights Defender Guo Feixiong Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison,” November 13, 2007,

[43] Yan Ming, “Guo Feixiong Decides Not to Appeal Sentence but Reserves Right to Petition to Higher Authorities” [郭飞雄一审后决定不上诉但保留申诉权利], Radio Free Asia, November 23, 2007,

[44] Uyghur Human Rights Project, “Uyghur activist slams 'slave labor' in China,” November 25, 2007,

[45] Margaret Besheer, “Journalists From Russia, Mexico, Pakistan, China Honored With Press Freedom Award,” Voice of America, November 19, 2007,

[46] “Imprisoned China Journalist Wins Prize,” Associated Press, November 20, 2007,

[47] “China Reports Major Decline In Accidents And Death Toll Amid Ongoing Safety Campaign,” Associated Press, November 5, 2007,; “China Mine Accidents Kill 3,069 In Jan-Oct,” Reuters, November 6, 2007,

[48] “China Creates Jobs For 10 Mln Urbanites In Ten Months,” Xinhua News Agency, November 11, 2007,

[49] “China’s Safety Watchdog Warns Of More Accidents In Coal Mines,” Xinhua News Agency, November 1, 2007,

[50] “China Launches Special Inspection On Payment of Rural Workers,” Xinhua News Agency, November 1, 2007,

[51] “New Law Discourages Unreasonable Dismissals,” China Radio International, November 4, 2007,; “Thousands of Huawei Staff ‘Quit’,” China Daily, November 4, 2007,

[52] “Disney Investigates Claims Of Labor Abuse At Factory In Southern China,” Associated Press, November 7, 2007 asia/AS-GEN-China-Disney-Labor.php.

[53] “Migrant Workers To Get Equal Rights,” China Daily, November 8, 2007,

[54] “China To Restructure Coal Industry By Forming Giant Groups,” Xinhua News Agency, November 8, 2007,; “Blueprint For Coal Sector,” China Daily, November 30, 2007,

[55] “Inspectors To Target Coal Mine Safety,” China Daily, November 15, 2007,

[56] “Four Killed In Housing Collapse,” Shanghai Daily, November 3, 2007,

[57] “Death Toll Rises To Nine From Coal Mine Collapse In N China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 5, 2007,

[58] “2 Killed, 4 Injured In Construction Site Collapse In Beijing,” Xinhua News Agency, November 4, 2007,

[59] “Survivor: Missing Chinese Fishing Boat Capsized With Nine Crew Aboard,” Xinhua News Agency, November 6, 2007,

[60] “Six Miners Confirmed Dead In Colliery Blast In Northeast China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 8, 2007,

[61] “China Coal Mine Gas Leak Kills 32,” Reuters, November 9, 2007,; “China Coal Mine Death Toll Rises To 35,” Agence France-Presse, November 10, 2007,

[62] “6 Dead, 2 Missing In Firecracker Blast,” Xinhua News Agency, November 11, 2007,

[63] “Eleven Missing With Sunken Fishing Boat On East China Sea,” Xinhua News Agency, November 11, 2007,

[64] “Landslide Traps 3 In Northwest China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 11, 2007,

[65] “4th Body After Explosion At C China Coalmine Retrieved,” Xinhua News Agency, November 14, 2007,; “12 Trapped Miners In Central China Confirmed Dead,” Xinhua News Agency, November 18, 2007,

[66] “11 Die In China Massage Parlor Fire,” Associated Press, November 14, 2007,

[67] “Death Toll In China Elevator Plunge Reaches 11,” Reuters, November 15, 2007,

[68] “Home-made Explosives Blast Kills Six, Injures Three In C China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 19, 2007,

[69] “One Killed, Two Missing In C China Landslide,” Xinhua News Agency, November 20, 2007,; “Death Toll From Central China Tunnel Landslide Rises To 32,” Xinhua News Agency, November 30, 2007,

[70] “Eight Dead In Northwest China Colliery Gas Blast,” Xinhua News Agency, November 21, 2007,

[71] “Methane Gas Kills Three, Poisons Two At Eastern China Paper Mill,” Xinhua News Agency, November 21, 2007,

[72] “Death Toll Rises To 15 In Shipping Accident Off Shandong Coast,” Xinhua News Agency, November 26, 2007,

[73] “Improper Work Practices Led To Shanghai Gas Station Blast,” Xinhua News Agency, November 26, 2007,

[74] “Injured From South China Fireworks Workshop Blast Still In Danger,” Xinhua News Agency, November 25, 2007,

[75] “China Firecracker Blast Kills Five Children,” Reuters, November 26, 2007,

[76] “3 Killed In Coach Station Building Collapse,” Xinhua News Agency, November 26, 2007,

[77] “3 More Confirmed Missing From Dam Collapse In NE China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 27, 2007,

[78] “One Dead, Eight Missing After Boat Capsizes In S China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 27, 2007,

[79] “13 Killed In Firecracker Workshop Blast,” Xinhua News Agency, November 27, 2007,

[80] “Death Toll Rises To Seven In E China Chemical Factory Explosion,” Xinhua News Agency, November 28, 2007,

[81] “Fireworks Workshop Blast Kills 11, Injured Eight In N China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 29, 2007,

[82] “Four Held For Wrecking Section Of Wall,” Xinhua News Agency, November 8, 2007,

[83] “8 Detained After Mine Gas Outburst Kills 35 In SW China,” Xinhua News Agency, November 27, 2007,

[84] “Reform Leads to Fewer Executions”, China Daily via People's Daily, November 24, 2007,

[85] Xue Defang, Huang Jianhua and Zhou Zanma, “Duo Sentenced to Death with Two-Year Reprieve for Smuggling Precious Wildlife Species” [厦门宣判全国最大数额穿山甲走私案 2主犯死缓], Xinhuanet, November 08, 2007,

[86] “Death Sentence for Spy,” South China Morning Post, November 15, 2007.

[87] “Chinese Court Upholds Death Penalty for Company Official over Graft,” Xinhua via People's Daily, November 15, 2007,

[88] “In Brief: Suspended Death Term for Leader of Gang That Smuggled 2,000 Cars,” South China Morning Post, November 23, 2007.

[89] “Man Sentenced to Death for Raping Girls as Young as 8,” Xinhua via People's Daily, November 26, 2007,

[90] “Duo Executed on Drug Trafficking and Murder Charges in Beijing” [北京两名死刑犯被行刑 刑前见到儿子照片落泪], Xinhuanet, November 22, 2007,

[91] “In Brief: Deputy Gets Suspended Death Sentence for Drug Smuggling,” South China Morning Post, November 27, 2007.

[92] “Guangdong Court Justifies Why Murderers Are Not Given Death Sentence” [广州中院解释博导被劫杀案凶犯不判死刑原因], Xinkuaibao (via Xinhuanet), November 2, 2007,

[93] “Culprits who Attacked Police Sentenced to Death” [门头袭警主犯一审死刑], The Beijing News, November 2, 2007,

[94] Zhou Wenxin, “Lin Xia Court Declares Sentence on Case About the Murder of Family of Four, Two Criminals Sentenced to Death” [临夏法院一家四口灭门案终审宣判 两主犯死刑], Legal Daily, November 8, 2007,

[95] Tan Bowen, “Duo Sentenced to Death on Murder and Robbery Charges in Shanxi” [太原“假交警”搭车杀人案两名主犯被判死刑], Xinhuanet, November 14, 2007.

[96] “Court Upholds Suspended Death Sentence for Family Slayer in S China”, Xinhuanet, November 21, 2007,

[97] “Henan Policeman Sentenced to Death for Throwing Man from Third Floor Causing His Death” [警察杀人案 3主犯获重刑], Nanfang City News, November 30, 2007,

[98] Huang Shengang, “Serial Rapist and Murderer Executed in Zhejiang” [系列强奸杀人案凶手 董文语被执行死刑], Xinhuanet, November 30, 2007,

[99] “Driver Sentenced to Death in Shenzhen over Murder” [驾柜车撞死2人 港司机深圳判死], Ming Pao, November 30, 2007.