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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Think China’s Air Is Breathable? Think Again
The Globe and Mail, September 27, 2011
For related videos see:
Toxic Industries: Environment and Health Issues

Human Rights Defenders

Ai Weiwei's Wife Urges China to Drop Plan on Detentions
Reuters, September 28, 2011
Ai's wife's open letter to the NPC can be found at:
对《中华人民共和国刑事诉讼法修正案(草案)》的意见 (Comments on the Draft Amendment of the Criminal Procedure Law)
Lu Qing, September 28, 2011

Land Policy

Beijing Plans to Relocate Mass Residents to Suburbs
Xinhua News Agency, September 27, 2011


Seeking Shelter
South China Morning Post, September 28, 2011

刑诉法修改草案引热议:刑事和解是否"花钱买平安" (CPL Draft Hot Topic: Can Money Buy an Amicable Settlement in Criminal Cases?)
Legal Daily, September 28, 2011

Migrant Workers

巴中民工“官场”维权 (Can Government Reps Working to Protect Rights of Migrant Workers Be a Model?)
Southern Metropolis Daily, September 28, 2011

Protests and Petitions

5.12地震灾民集体请愿遭阻止 拜登访川时遭拘禁维权代表到京 (Dozens of People Affected by May 2008 Quake Prevented from Petitioning en Masse)
Radio Free Asia (September 27, 2011)