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, January 24, 2014

Corruption (腐败)

8省份密集发布“拍蝇打虎”战果 800余名县处级以上干部被查处 (Eight provinces publish results of anti-corruption drive, over 800 county- and provincial-level officials investigated and punished)
Xinhua, January 23, 2014

”China Leaks” -- a new coup for journalists group ICIJ
Agence France-Presse, January 23, 2014

Less party time:the Communist Party’s anti-graft campaign has had a surprising impact, but a new report shows how far there is to go
The Economist, January 25, 2014

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

True identity required when posting video online
Xinhua, January 21, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

中国新公民运动系列案:赵常青解聘律师 (New Citizens Movement activist Zhao Changqing dismisses lawyers in protest of unfair trial)
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 23, 2014

China puts two more activists on trial
Guardian, January 23, 2014

For more information on Zhao Changqing, see:
Zhao Changqing trial adjourns as defense protests procedural problems
Human Rights in China, January 23, 2014

New citizens: a clampdown on activists continues
The Economist, January 25, 2014

The China Manifesto - detained activist Xu Zhiyong calls for end to “barbaric” one party rule
Telegraph, January 23, 2014

See statement:
为了自由•公义•爱 ——我的法庭陈词
“For Freedom, Justice, and Love”—Xu Zhiyong’s Final Statement at Trial
Human Rights in China, January 22, 2014

For more information on Xu Zhiyong, see:
Xu Zhiyong trial ends without verdict, foreign journalists attacked
许志永案庭审结束未作宣判 外国记者现场报道遭动粗
Human Rights in China, January 23, 2014

Information Control (信息控制)

Thinking about thinking in China
Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2014

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

U. S. calls on China to free scholar fighting graft
Associated Press, January 23, 2014

See U.S. Embassy statement:
Ambassador Locke’s statement on the trial of Xu Zhiyong
U.S. Embassy in Beijing, January 23, 2014

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

十余省份成立深改小组 组长多由一把手担任 (Over a dozen provinces set up reform working group, led mostly by provincial party secretary)
First Caijing News, January 24, 2014

China “reform panel” holds first meeting
Agence France-Presse, January 23, 2014

Rule of Law (法治)

自由派人士促《集会游行示威法》的违宪审查 (Liberals call on Chinese parliament to review constitutionality of Law on Assembly, Procession and Demonstration)
Deutsche Welle, January 23, 2014

See statement:
Open Recommendation to Conduct Constitutional Review on the ‘Law of the People’s Republic of China on Assemblies, Processions and Demonstrations
Human Rights in China, January 22, 2014

广州火速试点轻刑快审 法官称并不能替代劳教 (After RTL abolition, Guangzhou pilot reform to expedite trials and hand down short-term detention for petty crimes)
Caijing, January 24, 2014

Guangzhou vows new detention centres won't be like labour camps
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2014e

自由之家公布报告 中国列为不自由国家 (Freedom House labels China as "not free")
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 23, 2014

See report:
Freedom in the World 2014
Freedom House, January 23, 2014e

Technology (科技)

Massive Internet mishap sparks Great Firewall scrutiny in China
Reuters, January 22, 2014

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

新疆阿克苏派出所外维汉冲突死伤五人 同一乡村数月内两暴惨剧 (Clash at Xinjiang police station leaves 3 Uyghurs dead, 2 police injured)
Radio Free Asia, January 23, 2014

Opinion (观点)

China’s temporary-worker ploy
The New York Times, January 24, 2014