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, August 06, 2013

Bo Xilai Case (薄熙来案)

Cannes Villa is expected to play role in bribery case against Chinese ex-official
New York Times, August 6, 2013

如流星跌落,官方删除薄熙来政治痕迹 (China moves to erase references to Bo Xilai from official records)
Deutsche Welle, August 5, 2013

China expunges Bo's once-stellar reputation
Agence France-Presse, August 5, 2013

Consumer Product Safety (消费品安全)

恒天然就食品污染向中国消费者道歉 (Fonterra apologizes to Chinese consumers for product contamination)
Financial Times, August 6, 2013

Environment (环境)

China agency sued over oil production in spill-hit bay
Agence France-Presse August 5, 2013

广西贺江水体污染事件肇事企业7名责任人被批捕 (Police make arrests in river pollution case in Guangxi)
Xinhua, August 6, 2013

上海金山区“1•10”水污染事故渎职案件提起公诉 (Shanghai district prosecutor press dereliction charges against local officials in water pollution case)
Xinhua, August 5, 2013

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

笑蜀获释后称继续声援许志永 宜昌刘家财组织“同城饭醉” 被带走 (Xiao Shu to continue campaign for Xu Zhiyong despite intimidation, Hubei activist taken by police after organizing restaurant meetings)
Radio Free Asia, August 5, 2013

Chinese journalist “was illegally abducted” by security forces
The Telegraph, August 5, 2013

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

中国网友、学者热议人民日报批评“宪政” (Chinese netizens and scholars debate People Daily's attack on “constitutional governance”)
Radio France International August 6, 2013

中国官媒再刊马钟成文章批“美国宪政” (Chinese official media again publishes Ma Zhongcheng’s article which attacks "American constitutionalism")
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 6, 2013

马钟成:美国宪政的名不副实 (U.S. constitutionalism is not worthy of its name)
People's Daily, August 6, 2013

“反宪政”的荒唐逻辑 (The flawed logic of "anti-constitutionalism")
Financial Times, August 5, 2013

Related Weibo post:
任志强, August 5, 2013
[【“反宪政”的荒唐逻辑】耶鲁大学教授陈志武:我们不能把中国过去一百年宪政改革的不成功经历作为一个完整样本来定论,这一百年只能算个观察点。我觉得我们做领导的,稍不注意就容易在方法论和逻辑上出错,说一些让老百姓听起来觉得有道理但实属谬论的东西] (Chen Zhiwu, Yale, FT article “The absurd logic of ‘anti-constitutionalism’”: We can’t view China’s past 100 years of failed constitutional reform as a definitive sample. Those 100 yrs can only be considered as a point of observation. I feel, as leaders, if we are not careful, we can easily err in methodology & logic, and say something that sounds reasonable to common people, when it’s in fact a fallacy.)

中国社科院发布《中国政治发展报告(2013)》认为:应探索司法政治属性与独立 行使司法权关系 (CASS: China should seek a balance between the political aspects of the judiciary and the need for judicial independence)
Southern Metropolis Daily, August 6, 2013

中国改革出入境条例 外籍人士入境更难 (Will be more difficult for foreigners to get in and out of China after Entry-Exit Administrative Law is amended)
Deutsche Welle, August 6, 2013

Population (人口)

“One-child” reform would help China age more gracefully
Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2013

Rule of Law (法治)

胡春华:维稳根本的出路是建设法治社会 (Guangdong party chief: stability requires the rule of law)
Southern Metropolis Daily, August 6, 2013

Tibet (西藏)

尼泊尔一流亡藏人自焚抗议身亡 (Exiled Tibetan self-immolates in Nepal)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 6, 2013

Tibetan exile dies after self-immolating in Nepal
South China Morning Post, August 6, 2013

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

新疆维汉冲突一死两伤 肉孜节当局提升戒备 (One died, two injured in Uyghur-Han conflict)
Radio Free Asia, August 6, 2013

Opinion (观点)

“大月份引产”参与者共担罪恶 (Officials who force "late term abortion" should take accountability)
Beijing News, August 6, 2013

“社评:进口奶粉出事,国产奶粉没权利乐 (Recall of imported baby formula should spur domestic brands to enhance safety standards)
Global Times, August 6, 2013

Life in a toxic country
New York Times, August 6, 2013

Is China’s vast web monitoring actually helping to grow democracy?
Washington Post, August 5, 2013