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, May 20, 2013

Death Penalty

China Eliminating Reliance on Executed Prisoners for Organs, but Cultural Attitudes a Barrier
Associated Press, May 17, 2013


Kunming Pollution Protest Is Tip of Rising Chinese Environmental Activism
The Guardian, May 16, 2013

Environmentalists Fear Dams on Nu Could Befoul One of China's Great Waterways
Irish Times, May 18, 2013


中国内地新增四例H7N9死亡病例 死亡总数达36例--WHO (WHO: Bird Flu Fatalities Reach 36)
Reuters, May 20, 2013

Human Rights Defenders

Chen Guangcheng Pressures the EU on 'Secret' Human Rights Talks with China
The Daily Telegraph, May 20, 2013

BBC News Hour (Interview with Chen Guangcheng at 30 seconds in)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 20, 2013

陈光诚:不要对习李新政抱幻想 (Chen Guangcheng: Don’t Hold High Hopes for the Xi and Li Regime)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 20, 2013

Chinese LGBT Activists Held by Police During 'Gay Day'
International Business Times, May 18, 2013

Parole Refusal Sparks Fears For Jailed Chinese Dissident's Health
Radio Free Asia, May 17, 2013

Information Control

Chinese Web Activists See New Pressure from Censors
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 17, 2013

International Human Rights

欧洲对中国人权只是“隔靴搔痒” (German Rights Official Criticizes EU’s China Rights Policy as “Nowhere Near Enough”)
Deutsche Welle, May 18, 2013

专访德国人权专员勒宁 (German Rights Official Says Minority and Migrant Issues Key Topics in Sino-German Rights Dialogue)
Deutsche Welle, May 17, 2013

人权对话从不能用“气氛友好”形容 (German Rights Official to Chinese Press: “Friendly Atmosphere” Cannot Describe Rights Dialogue)
Deutsche Welle, May 17, 2013

International Relations (Human Rights, Security, Trade and Investment)

India And China in The Arctic: Breeching The Monopoly – Analysis
The East African, May 18, 2013

朝鲜军方扣押16名中国渔民 打8次电话索钱财 (N. Korea Detains 16 Chinese Fishermen, Seeks RMB 600,000 Ransom)
Global Times, May 20, 2013

李克强寻求中印互信 边界问题惹人忧 (Li Keqiang Visits India as Border Issue Causes Worry)
Reuters, May 20, 2013

印度总理:不允许任何势力在印从事反华活动 (Indian P. M. Says Anti-Chinese Activities Not Permitted in Country)
Xinhua News Agency, May 20, 2013

朝鲜三天连射六枚导弹(更新版) (N. Korea Launches 6 Missiles in 3 Days)
Reuters, May 20, 2013

奥巴马针对中日确定亚洲外交团队 (Obama’s Asian Foreign Policy Team Will Focus on China and Japan)
Nikkei Chinese News (日经中文网), May 17, 2013


Three New Suicides at Foxconn China Factory
Agence France-Presse, May 18, 2013

Political and Economic Reform

英媒:“秘密文件”揭示习近平的铁腕 (Internal Document Reveals Xi’s Hard-Line Policy toward Liberals and Dissidents)
British Broadcasting Company, May 19, 2013


Greying China Taps Rural Elderly to Care for Those Even Older
Reuters, May 20, 2013

萍乡湘东11人“超生”被开除党籍 各地严查违反作风建设行为 (Party Cadres Demoted for Exceeding Birth Quota)
Dahe Daily, May 20, 2013

Protests and Petitions

Mayor's Tweet Sparks Anger Over Chinese PX Plan
Radio Free Asia, May 17, 2013

China Police Billions Spell Profit Opportunity
Straits Times, May 19, 2013

Rule of Law

Australians Say Chinese Legal System Unfair Even on Foreigners
Radio Australia, May 17, 2013

浙江高院向被冤叔侄各支付国家赔偿金110万余元 (Zhejiang High Court Awards Compensation for Wrongful Convictions)
Sina, May 20, 2013


Bloomberg Snooping Scandal Alerts China on Data Security
Xinhua News Agency, May 19, 2013


及时公布有毒食品信息是执法底线 (Prompt Disclosure of Information Crucial to Enforcing Food Safety Laws)
Dongfang Morning Post, May 20, 2013

媒体札记:选择性公开 (Selective Transparency Undermines Public Safety and Trust in Government)
Financial Times, May 20, 2013

Wishing for China's Trade, Fearing Its Prowess
The Japan Times, May 19, 2013