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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


57% China's Urban Underground Water Polluted
Xinhua News Agency, May 29, 2012

饮用水源不达标将被区域限批 环保部打响饮用水源地“保卫战” (Environmental Protection Ministry Starts "Battle" to Protect Potable Water Source)
Economic Information Daily, May 28, 2012

Human Rights Defenders

Chen Guangcheng Is Gone, But His Village Stays Locked Down
Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2012,0,5990316.story


China's Weibo Microblog Introduces User Contracts
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 27, 2012

June Fourth

陈希同亲述:我不是六四戒严正指挥 (Conversations with Chen Xitong: I Did Not Order Martial Law on June Fourth)
Deutsche Welle, May 28, 2012,,15981826,00.html

Ex-mayor Keeps Distance from Tiananmen Crackdown
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2012


统计局官员:工资水平差距仍然存在 部分比较突出 (Statistics Bureau: Wage Gap Still Exists)
China Online, May 29, 2012

广东省委书记汪洋支持 深圳推动工会直选 (Guangdong Party Secretary Voices Support for Direct Elections in Shenzhen Workplace Unions)
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2012

Protests and Petitions

浙江瑞安民众冲击街道办 (Zhejiang: Residents Attack Local Govt Office in Protest over Villager's Death)
Ming Pao, May 29, 2012