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, June 27, 2013


南京两女孩饿死家中 女律师追问政府失职 (Two girls starved to death in Nanjing home, five female lawyers seek government’s accountability)
Radio Free Asia, June 26, 2013

江西一留守家庭三兄妹池塘边戏水不幸全部溺亡 (Three “left-behind” siblings in Jiangxi drown while washing clothes in pond)
China National Radio, June 26, 2013

Death Penalty

Ahead of International Drug Day, China executes 6
The Diplomat, June 27, 2013

Edward Snowden Case

With Snowden gone, Hong Kong focuses on U.S. surveillance
The New York Times, June 27, 2013


Green law change would limit lawsuits
South China Morning Post, June 27, 2013


China pushes forward residency reform, China National Radio says
Bloomberg, June 26, 2013

国家发改委主任:城镇化仍要牢牢守住18亿亩耕地红线 (NDRC: Farmland must be protected to ensure food security even as urbanization continues)
China National Radio, June 26, 2013

Human Rights Defenders

律师启动刘晓波申诉案 (Lawyer Mo Shaoping to submit appeals for Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, and Liu Hui)
Deutsche Welle, June 27, 2013

四川异议人士李必丰终审改判为10年徒刑 (Appeals court reduces Sichuan dissident’s sentence to ten years in prison on charge of contract fraud)
Radio Free Asia, June 26, 2013

Chinese dissident favors “one country, two systems” -- with twist
Central News Agency, June 26, 2013

International Human Rights

贵州中欧人权对话警方软禁维权人士 上海广州活动人士遭软禁 (Guizhou, Shanghai, and Guangzhou activists face severe restrictions as China holds human rights talk with EU)
Radio Free Asia, June 26, 2013

Activists held in run-up to EU rights talks in Guizhou
Radio Free Asia, June 26, 2013

EU-China rights talks marred by deadly riots
EU Observer, June 27, 2013

Land, Housing, Property

广东省民政厅批准建墓园 被10名村民告上法庭 (Guangdong villagers sue government for approving land appropriation without consultation and compensation)
Southern Metropolis Daily, June 27, 2013

Open Government Information

Ed Snowden inspired this Chinese lawyer to challenge Beijing's digital spying
Foreign Policy, June 26, 2013

Snowden affair prompts lawyer to request disclosure of surveillance information
Human Rights in China, June 25, 2013

Political and Economic Reforms

习李体制修正依赖投资路线 (New Chinese leadership tries to reform investment driven policy)
Nikkei, June 27, 2013

Reeducation Through Labor

上訪媽媽告勞教委案快開庭 (Lawsuit against Hunan RTL committee to get first hearing)
Ming Pao, June 26, 2013

Rule of Law

公安部:全国愈54万民警取得中级执法资格 (Ministry of Public Security claims incidents of forced confession decreased by 87%)
New Beijing Daily, June 27, 2013


Tibetans’ determination not diminished by China’s brutality: TCHRD
Phayul, June 26, 2013’+determination+not+diminished+by+China’s+brutality%3A+TCHRD&id=33660


U.S. urges transparent investigation by China into deadly violence in minority region
Associated Press, June 26, 2013


The violence that poisons the air we breathe
South China Morning Post, June 26, 2013