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, July 02, 2013


China probes U.K. pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline after corruption claims aired
Forbes, July 1, 2013

北航数学院原主任被判10年 260万科研费炒期货 (Former mathematics dean of a Beijing university sentenced to ten years in prison for misappropriating RMB 2.6 million in research funds to invest in futures)
Beijing News, July 1, 2013


No quick end in sight for Beijing smog
AsiaOne News, July 2, 2013

Call for transparency over China's water quality
Radio Free Asia, July 1, 2013

Polluters paid to join govt environment org
Global Times, July 1, 2013

Freedom of Expression and Privacy

Stronger laws urged to protect personal information
China Daily, July 1, 2013

Hong Kong

Occupy Central Movement gaining support among young
South China Morning Post, July 2, 2013

Human Rights Defenders

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng faces tough road in redefining himself in U.S.
South China Morning Post, June 30, 2013

International Relations

Report to U.S. Congress notes concerns over Cambodia-China ties
Cambodia Daily, July 1, 2013

Political and Economic Reforms

习近平任内至少会有两次社会危机 (Influential Chinese commentator predicts major social upheavals during Xi Jinping's rule)
Deutsche Welle, July 1, 2013习近平任内至少会有两次社会危机/a-16918021

Protests and Petitions

国家信访局网上投诉首日系统瘫痪消息不实, (National Petitions Office's new online submission system did not crash on first day)
Xinhua News Agency, July 2, 2013

国家信访局门户网站网上投诉全面放开受理内容 (Petitions Office launches online submission system)
Heilongjiang News, July 1, 2013

Rule of Law

昆明城管“临时工”7月1日起禁止执法 (New regulations in Kunming bar 'temporary' urban management personnel from enforcing the law)
Yunnan Online, June 30, 2013

Social Security

“常回家看看”入法 律师呼吁出台司法解释 (Lawyers call for judicial interpretation of new law that requires adults to regularly visit their parents)
Xinhua News Agency, July 2, 2013

Deadbeat couple first offenders of new law to protect elderly
South China Morning Post, July 2, 2013

China law 'forcing' children to visit parents ridiculed
Agence France-Presse, July 1, 2013

Full text of the Law on the Protection of the Rights of Elderly People [老年人权益保障法(修订草案)全文]
China National People’s Congress Online, July 2, 2013


Address grievances of Tibetans in Tibet: UNHR asks China
Tibet Post, July 1, 2013


EU Asks China for clarity on Xinjiang violence
Associated Press, July 1, 2013

China state media blames Syria rebels for Xinjiang violence
Reuters, July 1, 2013


Recalibrating expectations on labor camp reform
Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2013

京华时报:应为“常回家看看”留自治空间 (On elderly care, government should exercise legislative restraint and avoid judicial expansionism)
Jinghua Times, July 1, 2013

中国青年报:“做好删帖工作”就能消除恐慌?(Public panic or speculations should be addressed by greater transparency, not by online censorship)
China Youth Daily, July 2, 2013