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, January 29, 2014

Environment (环境)

26省将大气污染治理列入政府工作报告 (26 provinces include ozone pollution management in government work report)
No. 1 Financial Daily, January 29, 2014

Health (健康)

珠海政协委员建议:把不孕不育症纳入医保 (Zhuhai CPPCC deputy recommends expanding healthcare coverage to include infertility)
Yangcheng Evening News, January 29, 2014

Hong Kong (香港)

A poster girl for torture in Hong Kong
Asia Times Online, January 28, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

北京宣判两起聚众扰乱公共场所秩序案 (Verdict reached in two “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” cases in Beijing)
Sina News, January 29, 2014

Chinese lawyers warn Communist Party will target legal teams
Telegraph, January 28, 2014

Five Chinese law professors argue Xu Zhiyong’s innocence
NTD News, January 28, 2014

See the professors' opinion:
为什么我们认为他无罪:对许志永聚众扰乱公共场所罪一审判决的法律意见 (Why we believe he is innocent: legal opinions concerning the first-instance conviction of Xu Zhiyong for gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place)
Minzhuzhongguo, January 27, 2014

Prominent Chinese rights activist to appeal sentence
Reuters, January 28, 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)

New York Times journalist forced to leave China after visa row
The Guardian, January 29, 2014

悬崖上的中国新闻自由 (Press freedom deteriorates further, according to International Federation of Journalists)
Deutsche Welle, January 28, 2014

See report:
Back to Maoist Future
International Federation of Journalists, January 2014

International Relations (国际关系)

Baucus says he would press China over trade, human rights
Bloomberg, January 28, 2014

Testimony of Max Baucus Ambassador-Designate to China
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, January 28, 2014

Open Government Information (信息公开)

李娜奖金从哪来? 律师要求公示 (Lawyer seeks information disclosure on source of prize money designated for tennis star Li Na by provincial government)
Radio Free Asia, January 28, 2014

See lawyer's request:
律师庞琨向湖北省公开奖励李娜80万法律依据 (Lawyer asks Hubei Province to disclose legal basis for awarding Li Nan RMB 800,000 in prize money)
Sina Blog, January 28, 2014

Protests and Petitions (抗议和请愿)

組圖:2014年新年前夕 逾千人北京抗議示威
Petitioners descend on Beijing Before Chinese new year
Epoch Times, January 27, 2014

Society (社会)

Song of herself
Foreign Policy, January 27, 2014

Why tennis star Li Na left China out of her awesome Australian Open victory speech
Quartz, January 27, 2014

Women (妇女)

China: woman settles in first gender discrimination lawsuit
Guardian, January 28, 2014

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

伊力哈木被刑拘半月律师查询无果 (Authorities remain mum about Uyghur professor's whereabouts after taking him into custody two weeks ago)
Radio Free Asia, January 28, 2014

Opinions (观点)

张千帆:两种“宪政经济学” (Zhang Qianfan: two types of "constitutional economics")
Gongshiwang, January 28, 2014

许志永案须依宪审判 (Courts must base Xu Zhiyong ruling on the Constitution)
Financial Times, January 29, 2014