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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bo Xilai Case (薄熙来案)

《财经》杂志透露薄熙来控罪新细节 (Caijing magazine reveals new details about Bo Xilai charges)
Caijing, July 30, 2013

薄瓜瓜传入学哥大,微博开放讨论 (Bo Xilai's son is admitted to Columbia, talk about him allowed online)
Deutsche Welle, July 31, 2013

Bo Xilai to plead guilty, but maybe not to all charges
South China Morning Post, July 31, 2013

Civil Society (民间社会)

中国公民运动团体要求参与撰写人权报告 (New Citizens’ Movement calls for participation in drafting nation’s human rights report to UN)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 31, 2013

Corruption (腐败)

Success Brings Scrutiny to Chinese Mystic
New York Times, July 31, 2013

China’s Communist Party warns cadres: no wine at lunch, no expensive wedding banquets
Associated Press, July 30, 2013

Environment (环境)

环保部公布6月城市空气质量 19城达标天数不足50% (Ministry of Environmental Protection announces urban air quality for June, 19 cities meet standards less than half of the time)
Beijing News, July 31, 2013

福建PX项目爆炸背后:所属集团环保记录不佳 (Explosion at Fujian petrochemical plant reveals spotty record of corporation)
First Caijing Daily, July 31, 2013

Explosion hits China factory at center of influential protest
Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2013

Freedom of Expression and Privacy (言论自由、隐私)

特寫﹕高官斥不愛國掀熱議 (Deputy governor of Guizhou faces backlash after accusing gov't critics as "unpatriotic scumbags")
Ming Pao, July 30, 2013

Uproar after Guangxi official Chen Mingming calls critics "human scumbags"
South China Morning Post, July 30, 2013

Example of "backlash" to Chen Mingming's Weibo comment:
歪瓜裂枣假正经:为什么你们眼睛总是盯着别人的缺失,当甘肃地震了,看到了那些倒塌的土坯房,死了那么多群众,真他妈的作孽,三十年前人民住什么什么样的房子,喊着城市化建设这么多年,尼玛现在还住着!!汶川地震关于断裂带上房屋构建,灾害评估。你们长点心好不好!还尼玛天天扯淡爱不爱国,你对得起这片土地啊?! (7月29日 16:48)

Free speech debate after China singer held for bomb threat
Agence France-Presse, July 30, 2013

Health (健康)

精神病救治难堪重负 (Over 100 million Chinese with mental illness, only 1 doctor for every 800 patients)
Legal Weekly, July 30, 2013

International Human Rights (国际人权)

美中人权对话 人权组织促设定切实指标 (U.S. urges China to improve rule of law, freedom of religion and expression, rights of ethnic minorities, and labor during bilateral dialogue)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 31, 2013

Foreign minister Bob Carr presses China on human rights reform
The Australian, July 29, 2013

Land, Housing, Property (土地、财产、房屋)

九成受访者认为不应取缔群租 (Survey: 90% of respondents oppose banning affordable group-rental housing)
Xiaoxiang Chenbao, July 31, 2013

Media (媒体)

人民网舆情监测室发布《2013年上半年新浪政务微博报告》 (Sina-gov't joint report highlights big jump in number of government Weibo accounts and posts)
People's Daily, July 31, 2013

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China cracks down on televised singing competitions
Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2013

Population (人口)

One-child policy “weakens china's military”
Radio Free Asia, July 30, 2013

Rule of Law (法治)

河南试点“民告官”异地审理 (Pilot reform in Henan aims to prevent political interference in lawsuits against gov't by holding trials in other jurisdictions)
Dongfang Jinbao, July 31, 2013

一朝办错案,终身被追责 (New regulations in Henan eliminate statute of limitation on accountability measures against law enforcement misconduct)
Dahe Daily, July 31, 2013

Society (社会)

China grapples with understanding spate of random violence
Washington Post, July 30, 2013

Technology (科技)

中国城市未成年人触网比例近97% (97% of Chinese minors have access to the Internet)
Radio Free Asia, July 30, 2013

Opinion (观点)

“大农民工教育观”助推人的城镇化 (Improving education for migrant workers in rural areas before their migration to cities helps to ensure people-centered urbanization)
Guangming Daily, July 31, 2013