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 21, 2013

Bo Xilai (薄熙来案)

At Bo Xilai Trial, a goal to blast acts, not ideas
The New York Times, August 21, 2013

挺薄和反薄人士在济南法院门前举行抗议活动 (Supporters and opponents of Bo Xilai protest in front of Jinan court)
Deutsche Welle, August 21, 2013

Bo Xilai supporters demonstrate in Shandong on eve of trial
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2013 Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2013

Consumer Product Safety (消费品安全)

食药监总局:非法售药网站一律列入黑名单 (Food and Drug Administration: websites illegally selling drugs will be blacklisted)
China News Service, August 20, 2013

宁波轨道交通1号线垮塌 所有高架工程停工检查 (Ningbo Rail line collapses, all elevated transit construction stopped for inspection)
Qiangjiang Evening News, August 20, 2013

Corruption (腐败)

Graft breeds graft
News China, August 2013

Health (健康)

中国精神病人:有人被锁12年每天蹲在铁笼里 (Mental patient has squatted in iron cage for 12 years)
Xinhua-Oriental Outlook, August 19, 2013

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

维权人士郭飞雄涉煽颠 代表律师被拒会见 (Guo Feixiong's lawyer is rejected meeting with him due to Guo's involvement in inciting subversion of state power)
Voice of America, August 21, 2013

陈光诚长兄上海探访朋友 遭二十警带走强行遣返临沂 (Chen Guangcheng’s elder brother forcibly sent back to Linyi after visiting supporters in Shanghai)
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2013

Chen Guangfu forced to return home from Shanghai visit
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2013

Information Control (信息控制)

梦鸽将向警方申请 查“秦火火谣言幕后真凶” (Authorities asked to investigate "real murder behind Qin Huohuo’s rumors")
Beijing News, August 21, 2013

Related Twitter post
艾未未 Ai Weiwei@aiww, August 21, 2013
秦火火的言论无论如何离谱,也仅仅是属于个人传递的言论信息,并不比李白的文字夸张。人民日报,央视,新华社,环球,政权宣传系统的存在使命既(即)为蓄意伪造事实,扭曲真相,给人民洗脑。(However outrageous Qin Huohuo’s remarks are, they are just the expression and information transmitted by an individual. They are no more exaggerated than [poet] Li Bai’s words. The raison d’etre of the regime’s propaganda machine—People’s Daily, CCTV, Xinhua, Global Times—is the deliberate falsification of facts, distortion of truth, and brainwashing of the people.)

山西百人因网络违法被查处 多人因网上造谣被拘 (Hundreds investigated for "violations" online, many criminally detained for spreading rumors)
China News Service, August 21, 2013

王建琦:网上“寻衅滋事”罪是突破 (Crime of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" online is a breakthrough)
Legal Evening News, August 21, 2013

Beijing police detain online "rumour-mongers" in veiled warning to liberal opinion leaders
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2013

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

China's political debate heats up
Voice of America, August 21, 2013

Society (社会)

70多岁老人两次摔倒 市民担心被讹不敢扶 (70-year-old elder falls down twice, no one dares help)
Sichuan News, August 20, 2013

Opinion (观点)

Misrule of Law
The New York Times, August 21, 2013

英媒:中国式“舆情挖掘”难以化解危机 (Chinese style "opinion mining” won't solve the crisis)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 21, 2013

石述思:打击网络谣言,要保证就事论事 (The crackdown on Internet rumors must be protected to ensure cases are tried on facts)
Global Times, August 21, 2013

人民论坛杂志:宪法政治开万世太平之路 (Constitutional politics opens way for eternal peace)
People’s Forum Magazine, August 21, 2013