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.

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011

Top news
Human Rights Defender – Ai Weiwei (艾未未)

China Transcript Omits Mentions of Detained Artist
Associated Press, April 08, 2011

Interrogators Threatened Me, Says Ai's Assistant
South China Morning Post, April 09, 2011
Related information:
我经历的北京警方一次野蛮的“询问” (Record of an Interrogation of an Ai Weiwei Employee)
Liu Yanping, April 08, 2011
Police Probe Adds to Controversy Surrounding Ai Weiwei
Xinhua News Agency, April 10, 2011
Related news:
新華社:艾未未涉逃稅抄襲 (Ai's Family Says Xinhua's Charges Are Slander)
Ming Pao, April 11, 2011
艾未未姊向公安遞信 盼送衣藥 (Ai Weiwei's Sister Takes Letter, Medicine to Local Police)
Ming Pao, April 10, 2011


Beijing Bans Inter-college Debates on 1911 Revolution
South China Morning Post, April 10, 2011

陕西柞水县部分农村饮水工程建后无人管 (Shaanxi Villages Get Drinking Water Infrastructure, But No One to Run It)
People's Daily, April 10, 2011

Human Rights
US Says China Rights on 'Negative Trend'
Agence France-Presse, April 08, 2011
Related information:
2010 Human Rights Report: China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau)
US Department of State, April 8, 2011

HK Media Vulnerable to Self-censorship, Says Annual US Rights Report
South China Morning Post, April 10, 2011

China Says U.S. Human Rights Outcry Is Interference
Reuters, April 09, 2011

外交部发言人洪磊就美国务院发表涉华人权报告答记者问 (Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei Responds to Reporter's Question about U.S. State Department's Report on Human Rights in China)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 9, 2011
Human Rights Defenders
UN Rights Panel Raps China over 'Disappeared'
Agence France-Presse, April 08, 2011
Related information:
China: UN Expert Body Concerned about Recent Wave of Enforced Disappearances
UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, April 11, 2011
China's Crackdown Signals Shift
The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2011

临沂公安局对维权人士刘国慧实行取保候审监视居住 (Activist Suspected of Inciting Subversion Put Under House Arrest)
Radio Free Asia, April 10, 2011

赵连海再发推文显示受新压力 外交部网站避提艾未未被抓 (Zhao Lianhai Curbs Ai Weiwei Talk in Latest Post)
Radio Free Asia, April 08, 2011

Land Policy
Riot Police in Land Clash
Radio Free Asia, April 08, 2011

调查称土地征用和拆迁成涉农职务犯罪高发领域 (Investigation: Land Grab, Eviction Violations Rampant among Rural Officials)
People's Daily, April 11, 2011

江西省服刑劳教人员可在监所提出法律援助申请 (Jiangxi Inmates Can Apply for Legal Aid)
Jiangxi Daily, April 11, 2011

人口逾千萬 密度冠全國 (Shenzhen Population Mainland's Densest)
Xinhua News Agency, April 10, 2011

Protests and Petitions
茉莉花风波中被捕的魏强被处以两年劳教 (Activist Detained during Jasmine Crackdown Ordered to 2 Years of Reeducation-Through-Labor)
Radio Free Asia, April 08, 2011

Public Health
China Faces Uphill Battle to Give Better Healthcare
Reuters, April 08, 2011

Fears of New Crackdown as 160 Christians Held
South China Morning Post, April 11, 2011
Related news:
Beijing Police Halt Unapproved Church Service
Associated Press, April 11, 2011

House Churches Cannot Politicize Religion
Global Times, April 11, 2011

北京警方带走100多名地下教会信徒 (Beijing Police Take Away 100+ Underground Worshippers)
Deutsche Welle, April 10, 2011,,14980480,00.html
Social Security
Officials Steal 1.18b Yuan Earmarked for Farmers
South China Morning Post, April 09, 2011

State Security
German Man Charged with Spying on Exiles for China
Associated Press, April 08, 2011

Shenzhen Evicts 80,000 'Unstable' Residents
China Daily, April 11, 2011