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.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Environment (环境)

China’s rust belt cities hit with new air pollution fines
The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2013

Local officials to obsess less over growth
Xinhua, December 10, 2013

Human Rights Defenders ( 人权卫士)

Nelson Mandela and China: controversial legacy
The Economist, December 11, 2013

Chinese paper rejects comparison between Mandela and Liu
Malay Mail Online, December 11, 2013

Health (健康)

Israelis to UN: “China must cease organ harvesting”
The Jewish Voice, December 11, 2013

China eyes smoking ban
The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2013

Internet (互联网)

中国封锁翻墙软件Lantern 开发团队称将更新版本 (Developer is working on new version of Lantern, censorship circumvention software blocked by China)
Radio Free Asia, December 11, 2013

See the statement:
Lantern News, December 10, 2013

International Relations (Security, Trade and Investment) 国际关系(安全,贸易和投资)

Nelson Mandela and China: a controversial legacy
The Economist, December 11, 2013

No soft-pedal on China rights - PM
News Guardian, December 12, 2013

International Human Rights (国际人权)

联合国歧视妇女问题工作组周四访华 外界呼吁关注感染艾滋妇女权益 (UN working group on the issue of discrimination against women to make first China visit)
Radio Free Asia, December 11, 2013

Media (媒体)

New York Times warns China is subjecting foreign journalists to serious harassment
The Telegraph, December 11, 2013

Natural Resources (自然资源)

A quiet start to South-North water transfer
The New York Times, December 12, 2013

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources
Reuters, December 11, 2013

路透社:前政法大佬周永康被“监控” (Reuters: former security chief Zhou Yongkang under house arrest)
Voice of America, December 12, 2013

A leader in Mao’s Cultural Revolution faces his past
The New York Times, December 12, 2013

Population (人口)

中国老龄化高峰临近挑战严峻 今年60岁老年人超2亿 (China faces severe challenges as aging population peaks, 60-year-olds number 200 million+)
Beijing News, December 12, 2013

Protests and Petitions (抗议和请愿)

12武汉强拆户人权日在北京集体自杀 (Twelve forced-evictees from Wuhan attempt group suicide in Beijing on Human Rights Day)
Radio Free Asia, December 11, 2013

China residents drink pesticide in Beijing protest
Associated Press, December 11, 2013

Religion (宗教)

旧城改造与古寺突围 福州瑞云寺拆迁困局调查 (Fuzhou temple built in 1896 faces demolition for urban development)
Phoenix TV website, December 7, 2013

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Society (社会)

China seen as "confident," "belligerent," and "arrogant"
Agence France-Presse, December 10, 2013

Technology (科技)

China's hot messaging app WeChat may be good news for censors
Reuters, December 11, 2013

Women (妇女)

Survey finds many female workers experience sexual harassment
The New York Times, December 11, 2013

See also:
Up to 70 percent of women factory workers in Guangzhou sexually harassed
China Labor Bulletin, December 6, 2013

Opinion (观点)

No one is immune from Beijing’s "gravity machine"
Financial Times, December 11, 2013