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, August 09, 2013

Bo Xilai Case (薄熙来案)

A pivotal moment for China's economic reforms: Bo Xilai's trial
Reuters, August 8, 2013

Lawyer says not allowed to represent China's disgraced Bo Xilai
Reuters, August 8, 2013

Children (儿童)

韶关16岁少女引诱12岁幼女卖淫 一次即获利5000元 (16 year-old girl receives RMB 5000 to lure 12 year-old girl into prostitution in Shaoguan, Guangdong)
Guangzhou Daily, August 9, 2013

Consumer Product Safety (消费品安全)

法沒收不合格華製電驅蚊器 (France seizes 20,000 China-made mosquito plugs due to safety concerns)
Ming Pao, August 9, 2013

France seizes 20,000 "dangerous" mosquito plugs from China
Agence France-Presse, August 8, 2013

Corruption (腐败)

审计署:57.99亿保障性安居工程专项资金被挪用 (National Audit Office: RMB 5.8 billion embezzled from government housing projects)
China News Net, August 8, 2013

Nearly 6b yuan stolen from China low-cost housing programme
South China Morning Post, August 9, 2013

79家医院503位医生被指受贿 爆料人或曾为药企高层 (French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi bribes 503 Chinese doctors in 79 hospitals)
Beijing Morning Post, August 9, 2013

China fires senior planning official for alleged corruption after reporter first accuses him
Associated Press, August 8, 2013

多地政府机关巨资租房办公 内部食堂变豪华饭店 (Local governments circumvent regulations, pay huge sums to rent luxurious offices)
Economic Information Daily, August 9, 2013

全国缴存公共维修基金万亿 使用率不足百分之一 (More than one trillion "public maintenance fees" collected, less than 1% used)
CCTV, August

Culture (文化)

New release of Lao She books revisits a dark history
Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2013

Environment (环境)

Climate change: Can China clean up fast enough?
The Economist, August 8, 2013

China and the environment: The East is grey
The Economist, August 10, 2013

Health (健康)

中国布控H7N9疫情可能卷土重来 (H7N9: epidemic may return in China )
Xinhua, August 9, 2013

Guangdong woman tests positive for H7N9 avian flu
South China Morning Post, August 9, 2013

Media (媒体)

Chinese state media: online critics "incite political unrest"
Tea Leaf Nation, August 8, 2013

Related Weibo post:
謙女時評, August 1, 2013
[【 新华社:中国若动荡,只会比苏联更惨】请看俄罗斯现在"惨状":1,全民免费医疗;2,实行学龄前,基础和中等职业免费教育,并提供免费午餐;3,女55岁,男60岁,就可领养老金,不论是否为国家工作过;4,水,电,暖气由国家承担;5,人均收入达12700美元(中国人均收入约1000美元);6,还有更惨的,俄罗斯人有选票。]
([Xinhua News Agency: China Would End up Worse than Former USSR in Case of Political Turmoil] Let’s take a look at how “bad” the situation is in Russia. 1. Universal health coverage. 2. Free pre-school, elementary, and secondary vocational school education with free lunch provided; 3. Pension available to all female citizens aged 55 and above and male, 60 and above, regardless of previous employment. 4. Water, electricity, and heat covered by the State. 5. GDP per capita of $12,700 (China’s being $1,000). 6. You know what’s even worse? They can vote.)

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

中国城镇化阵痛与担忧:10年90万自然村销声匿迹 (90,0000 villages disappeared in ten years due to China’s urbanization)
China National Radio, August 9, 2013

Population (人口)

卫计委: 开放二胎适时出台调整方案 (Public Health and Family Planning Commission: adjustments to one-child policy will occur in due time), August

Anti-abortion activism: Uncommon cause
The Economist, August 10, 2013

In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents
Washington Post, August 8, 2013

Torture (酷刑)

A lost decade
News China, August 2013

Opinion (观点)

The "Sick man of Asia" indeed - China's disturbing moral crisis
Economic Observer, August 6, 2013

China's legal system leading to “terrorism”
Asia Times Online, August 8, 2013