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, August 14, 2013

Bo Xilai Case (薄熙来案)

挺薄记者保释 中国司法被批不如审江青时 (Reporter supporting Bo released on bail)
Voice of America, August 14, 2013

Corruption (腐败)

China bans extravagant official galas to curb graft
Reuters, August 13, 2013

媒体称平均每个受贿法官背后有5个以上行贿律师 (Media reports: corrupt judges are bribed by more than five lawyers on average)
Xinhuanews, August 14, 2013

Culture (文化)

中国独立影像的生与死 (Authorities cracked-down heavily on China’s independent film industry in the past year)
New York Times, August 14, 2013

Death Penalty (死刑)

Video reignites death penalty debate in China
Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2013

See Weibo post:
Lawyer Pang Kun, August 12, 2013
@庞琨律师: 司法处罚的文明程度也代表这个制度下的文明程度,这个视频至少可以认为鸡国的司法文明还停留在啫毛饮血阶段。但也不得不反思,那些高官犯罪份子可以享受的待遇 (The nature of judicial punishment also reflects the level of civilization of the entire social system. This video at least indicates that [China's] judicial civilization is stuck at a pre-historic age. It also makes us think about the special treatment received by criminals who were high-level officials.)

Environment (环境)

报道称全世界环保庭一半在中国却乏案可审 (China has half of world’s environmental courts but tries few cases due to high costs and lack of "legal plaintiff status" for NGOs)
China Youth Daily, August 14, 2013

空气污染导致入境旅游人数下降 (Air pollution scares off foreign tourists)
Deutsche Welle, August 13, 2013

Health (健康)

广东16患儿输液后突发抽搐 医疗器械已封存 (16 Guangdong children suffer convulsions after IV treatment)
Guangzhou Daily, August 14, 2013

International Relations (国际关系)

China seeks Burmese support to restart Myitsone Dam
The Irrawaddy, August 13, 2013

Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights: The Impact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Human Rights in China, March, 2011


Internet (互联网)

七条底线 全体网民应该共守 (Gov’t and “VIP” Weibo users agree netizens should adhere to seven “bottom lines”)
Xinhua News, August 14, 2013

See related Weibo post:
南方周洪君, August 14, 2013
我想看到有这样内容的新闻,若干大V们在一起座谈,给权力定下7条底线,第一条就是无条件遵守宪法。。。。(I want to read a news story about VIP Weibo users discussing seven “botton lines” for power, the first of which is to observe the Constitution unconditionally…)

Migrants (农民工)

英媒:榨菜 - 开包即食的治国小菜 (UK media: “Pickle Index” shows trends of migrant workers)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 14, 2013

"Pickle index" measures changing tide of Chinese migrant workers
South China Morning Post, August 14, 2013

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

What's China got against the U.S. Constitution?
Global Post, August 12, 2013

Rule of Law (法治)

中央政法委出台首个防冤假错案指导意见 (Political-Legal Commission issues guidelines on prevention of and accountability for wrongful convictions)
Xinhua, August 13, 2013

China issues new judicial guidelines
Agence France-Presse, August 13, 2013

河南周口警方调查“民警拒示证件被围抓20村妇泄愤” (Henan police investigate potentially unlawful arrest of 20 women after villagers protest home intrusion by police without identification)
People's Daily, August 14, 2013

China’s shadowy internal investigation arm operates above the law
Asahi Shimbun, August 14, 2013

Society (社会)

迟到的忏悔 (Many Chinese make belated apologies to those they had wronged during the Cultural Revolution)
China Youth Daily, August 14, 2013

北京十余人“喝农药自杀” (Ten in Beijing commit suicide by drinking pesticide)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 14, 2013

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

China academics say Xinjiang death sentences justified: media
Agence France-Presse, August 13, 2013

Opinion (观点)

人民日报:“依申请公开”为何屡屡碰壁 (Why is it so difficult to obtain information through open government requests?)
People's Daily, August 14, 2013

谁来抚养杀人嫌犯的孩子 (Young children of murder suspects also need caring)
Nanfang Daily, August 14, 2013