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.

Friday, July 19, 2013


98.9%受访者深感当下年轻人缺少质疑精神 (Survey finds Chinese youth lack critical thinking skills)
China Youth Daily, July 19, 2013


Nuclear activism: limiting the fallout
The Economist, July 20, 2013

超三分之一城市遭垃圾围城 (One-third of cities in China surrounded by garbage)
Global Times, July 19, 2013

Human Rights Defenders

维权律师刘卫国探望许志永被拘押 (Human rights lawyer detained after attempt to visit Xu Zhiyong)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 18, 2013

Xu Zhiyong’s Lawyer Liu Weiguo in Custody, Rights Group is Shut Down
Human Rights in China, July 18, 2013

Xu Zhiyong, Advocate of Disclosure of Official Assets, Criminally Detained
Human Rights in China, July 16, 2013

Related Social Media:
Patrickpoon潘嘉伟@patrickpoon July 19, 2013
刘卫国:关于北京警方违法阻拦律师会见许志永的严正声明 (Liu Weiguo: Solemn declaration about Beijing police illegally blocking lawyer from visiting Xu Zhiyong)

International Relations

In China and U.S., mutual distrust grows, study finds
The New York Times, July 19, 2013

See full survey conducted by the Pew Research Center:

Open Government Information

黄浦江“死猪事件”余波 大学生与水务局的信息公开之战 (University student presses Shanghai water authorities to disclose further information about "floating dead pigs")
21st Century Media, July 19, 2013


北大社调显示:中国家庭贫富差距高达234倍 (Beijing University study reveals huge income gap)
Radio Free Asia, July 18, 2013

Protests and Petitions

被上访改变的人生 (Hunan farmer recounts torture in mental hospital, awaits high court decision in lawsuit against police)
China Youth Daily, July 19, 2013

Rule of Law

城管涉殺瓜農 記者採訪遭毆 (Fruit-seller dies after scuffle with urban security guards, reporters beaten by police)
Wen Wei Po, July 19, 2013

Probe over China fruit-seller “beaten by enforcers”
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 18, 2013

Vendor death shines light on China’s urban enforcers
Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2013


叶青专栏:该公开的不仅仅是“三公” (Ye Qing: Budgetary disclosure should be expanded to tackle other irregular expenses)
Southern Metropolis Daily, July 19, 2013

“习俗”岂是违纪违法挡箭牌 (“Local traditions” cannot be an excuse for unlawful behavior)
Southern Daily, July 19, 2013

周少来:打造“内地版廉政公署” (Zhou Shaolai: Mainland needs its own Independent Commission Against Corruption)
Global Times, July 19, 2013

何清涟:天堂与地狱:中国政商结合的路径指向 (Government-business collaboration: a high-wire act in China)
Voice of America, July 18, 2013