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, December 18, 2013

Freedom of Expression and Privacy (言论自由和隐私)

狱中记者人数居高不下 被绑架记者激增 (Joint NGO report: China ranks 3rd globally for number of jailed reporters, after Turkey and Iran)
Deutsche Welle, December 18, 2013

Hukou (户口)

户籍改革7年要迈过“三道坎” 特大城市仍严控 (Hukou reform slow in megacities still maintaining strict control)
Beijing Youth Daily, December 18, 2013

China to speed up hukou reform
China Radio International, December 17, 2013

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

China puts activists on trial during holiday lull
Associated Press, December 18, 2013

明鏡獨家:中國著名政治領袖陳子明病危入院 (Chen Ziming, Democracy Movement activist, hospitalized in critical condition), December 18, 2013

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罗渝泷, December 18, 2013

中国维权人士张林出庭受审 (Veteran democracy activist Zhang Lin stands trial)
Voice of America, December 18, 2013

Information Control (信息控制)

A response to Thomas L. Friedman’s “letter” to President Xi
The New York Times, December 18, 2013

Chinese state newspaper says Western media must be controlled
The Telegraph, December 17, 2013

国信办:坚决制止“人肉搜索”等网络暴力行为 (State Internet Information Office: must resolutely stop "human flesh search engines" and other violent Internet behavior)
Global Times, December 18, 2013

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鱼七秒, December 18, 2013
如果人肉搜索是为了对抗强权,维护公民的利益。“人肉”是应该保留的!这个世界上的任何东西都是好坏相依,黑白共存的!!! 更多时候不是这个东西不好,而是人使用的方式不对!!!

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

Wolf, passionate critic of China, to leave U.S. Congress
Agence France-Presse, December 18, 2013

U.S. Ups security aid to Southeast Asia, criticizes China
Associated Press, December 17, 2013

Internet (互联网)

Dead but not buried: There is little you cannot buy on the Chinese internet
The Economist, December 21, 2013

Land, Property, Housing ( 土地、财产、房屋)

抗暴力拆迁砍死两人 范木根被正式逮捕 (Suzhou villager kills 2 resisting forced demolition, is formally arrested)
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2013

Related Tencent Weibo post:
徐建清, December 18, 2013
刑法第20条规定;“为了使国家、公共利益、本人或者他人的人身、财产和其他权利免受正在进行的不法侵害,而采取的制止不法侵害的行为,对不法侵害人造成损害的,属于正当防卫,不负刑事责任。” || 缘份: || @wenmengchi78三藏卜永柱6: 范木根抗暴立功!正当防卫无罪!

In China, a dynamite solution to land shortages
Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2013

Protests and Petitions (抗议和请愿)

Rural women stage innovative protest for equality
The New York Times, December 17, 2013

Reeducation-Through-Labor (劳教)

大赦国际:劳教所更名“戒毒中心” (NGO: “drug rehabilitation centers” are replacing RTL)
Deutsche Welle, December 18, 2013

Religion (宗教)

我国宗教教职人员认定备案率达98% (In China, 98% of religious institution personnel are officially identified and recorded)
People’s Daily, December 18, 2013

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

Restive Xinjiang needs "ethnic healing": Chinese media
Agence France-Presse, December 17, 2013

Chinese police arrest suspects after Kashgar violence
The Guardian, December 17, 2013

Six women among Uyghurs shot dead in Xinjiang violence
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2013

Opinion (观点)

高文謙:毛澤東是中國人的宿命和孽債 (Gao Wenqian: Mao is both "karma and a sinful debt" to the Chinese people), December 18, 2013

China’s new reforms in theory and practice
International Relations and Security Network, December 17, 2013