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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Animal Welfare and Rights (动物福利和权利)

Demand for traditional Chinese medicine is killing off the world’s quirkiest animal
Quartz, January 27, 2014

Environment (环境)

成都上月仅有1天空气质量达标 其余30天均评为污染 (Air quality in Chengdu met minimum standard only one day in December 2013)
Sichuan Daily, January 28, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

China puts four more anti-graft activists on trial
Reuters, January 27, 2014

Who is Xu Zhiyong?
The Telegraph, January 27, 2014

Freedom, justice and love: China's day in court
Huffington Post, January 27, 2014

Jailed dissident’s wife: “I don’t want you to give up”
Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2014

For more information on Xu Zhiyong, see:
Four years for New Citizens Movement advocate Xu Zhiyong
Human Rights in China, January 26, 2014

"For Freedom, Justice, and Love”—Xu Zhiyong’s Final Statement at Trial
Human Rights in China, January 22, 2014

Case document:
刑事判决书 (Xu Zhiyong's criminal verdict)
Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, January 26, 2014

Statement by lawyer Zhang Qingfang:
“Turning this Page, Let Life Start Anew”
Human Rights in China, January 26, 2014

Information Control (信息控制)

中国:纽约时报记者违反签证规定须离境 (China says New York Times reporter denied visa due to violations of requirements)
Voice of America, January 27, 2014

China says New York Times reporter broke visa rules, will leave
Reuters, January 27, 2014

Outspoken China scholar leaves country unimpeded
Agence France-Presse, January 28, 2014

June 4th (六四)

美国教授发起公开“六四真相”行动 (American professor launches "Truth of June 4th" campaign)
Deutsche Welle, January 27, 2014

Labor (劳工)

韩东方:中国工人应当享有经济改革与发展的成果 (Han Dongfang: Chinese workers should also enjoy benefits of economic reforms and development)
Radio France International, January 22, 2014

苏州数百农民工讨千万元工资 住建局:心有余力不足 (Over 300 migrant workers in Suzhou demand RMB 10 million [U.S. $ 1.7 million] in wage arrears)
Caijing, January 28, 2014

Migrants (农民工)

Map visualizes Chinese New Year migration
Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2014

Religion (宗教)

China official seeks tougher rules on religion after Xinjiang blasts
Reuters, January 27, 2014 >127

Technology (科技)

China’s WeChat is getting serious about U.S.
Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2014

Opinion (观点)

Beijing confronts a new kind of dissident
Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2014

Dissidents’ fame hinges on West’s support
Global Times, January 27, 2014

Xu Zhiyong, the quiet lawyer holding Beijing to account
Financial Times, January 27, 2014