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, November 16, 2011


Climate of Public Opinion
China Daily, November 16, 2011

Hong Kong

Budget Hostels Will Help Young Workers
South China Morning Post, November 16, 2011

Human Rights Defenders – Ai Weiwei (艾未未)

Tax Battle 'Opportunity' to Expose China: Ai Weiwei
Agence France-Presse, November 16, 2011


High Tech Used for Online Crackdown of Illegal Publications
Xinhua News Agency, November 15, 2011

Protests and Petitions

八旬老太强拆现场自焚身亡 儿子儿媳被拘留10日郑州成立专门处理小组 (Henan: 81-yo Woman Sets Self Alight in Protest of Demolition, Police Detain Her Children for 10 Days)
The Beijing News, November 16, 2011
Related news:
81-year-old Chinese Sets Self on Fire in Protest
Associated Press, November 16, 2011
几十名强拆户与成都市防暴队对峙6小时 (Chengdu: Confrontation between Evictees and Riot Officers for Six Hours)
Radio Free Asia, November 15, 2011

Rural Issues

国新办:中国农村贫困人口10年减少6734万 (State Council Info Office: Rural Poverty Has Fallen by 67.34mil in Past Decade)
China News Service, November 16, 2011
Related information:
中国农村扶贫开发的新进展 (New Developments in China's Poverty Reduction in Rural Areas)
State Council Information Office, November 16, 2011