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.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Student Files Lawsuits against Govts
China Daily, October 10, 2012

湖北一大学生起诉拒绝公开“微笑局长”工资两机构 (Hubei University Student Sues Two Gov't Agencies Who Refused to Provide Info on Wages of Controversial Official)
China Youth Daily, October 10, 2012

Hong Kong

本港法官应了解国家与香港关係 (Former Justice Minister Elsie Leung: HK Judicial Officers Need to Understand the Relation between HK and Mainland)
Sing Pao, October 11, 2012

For responses from HK law groups, see:
The Law Society of Hong Kong Press Statement 香港律師會聲明

HKBA Press Statement in Response to Recent Remarks Made by Ms Elsie Leung 香港大律師公會聲明

Human Rights Defenders

廖亦武:“自由是个缓慢的过程” (Liao Yiwu: Freedom Is a Slow Process)
Deutsche Welle, October 11, 2012,,16296840,00.html

Liao Yiwu on freedom:
Writing for the Freedom of Others
May 11, 2012


Worker's Injury Casts Harsh New Light on Foxconn and China
Reuters, October 10, 2012

Land Policy

Local Government Debt Fuels China Forced Evictions Rise: Amnesty
Reuters, October 10, 2012

Standing Their Ground: Thousands Face Violent Eviction in China
Amnesty Internationale, 2012


十八大綜合症 (18th Party Congress Syndrome)
iSun Affairs, October 11, 2012

Public Health

Fairer Diagnoses Demanded
China Daily, October 11, 2012

精神卫生日民间致函政府 受害者500封信警示“两院” (Civil Society Sends Letters to Government on World Mental Health Day Calling for Constraints on "Institutionalization" to Be Placed in Upcoming Mental Health Law)
Radio Free Asia, October 10, 2012