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, February 26, 2014

Consumer Product Safety (消费品安全)

中国公益组织致信两会代表就食品安全提出建议 (Chinese NGO makes food safety recommendations to representatives attending Two Congresses)
Radio Free Asia, February 25, 2014

Environment (环境)

In Beijing, complaints about smog grow louder and retaliation grows swifter
The New York Times, February 26, 2014

China's toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists
The Guardian, February 25, 2014 scientists

China's looming water crisis
The Ecologist, February 25, 2014

Hong Kong (香港)

Universal suffrage naysayers have no legal leg to stand on
The South China Morning Post, February 25, 2014 legal-leg-stand

Hong Kong ex-editor stabbed as fears grow for media freedom
The Guardian, February 26, 2014 freedom

Hukou (户口)

打工者谈两会期盼:让户籍与附加其上的福利脱钩 (What workers expect from Two Congresses: separate household registration from access to social benefits)
People's Daily, February 26, 2014 -02/26/content_31596008.htm

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

许志永二审增聘律师 数十证人争出庭 (Xu Zhiyong hires lawyer for second instance trial, 10 witnesses to testify)
Radio Free Asia, February 25, 2014

胡佳獲釋重點查問重返天安門行動 (Rights defender Hu Jia interrogated about controversial online posts)
Ming Pao, February 26, 2014

Activist Hu Jia accepts he faces jail again after latest police questioning
The South China Morning Post, February 26, 2014 faces-jail-again-after-latest-police

International Relations (国际关系)

850 Chinese millionaires and Russian oligarchs have 'bought' British visa
The Telegraph, February 25, 2014 oligarchs-have-bought-British-visa.html

China blames Philippines for latest South China Sea incident
Reuters, February 26, 2014

Locke addresses human rights in farewell speech as US ambassador to China
The South China Morning Post, February 26, 2014 rights-farewell-speech-us-ambassador-china

Labor (劳工)

China mulls revision of workplace safety law
Global Times, February 25, 2014

聚焦安全生产法修正案草案三大看点 (Draft amendments to Work Safety Law focus on corporate responsibility, government oversight, and pursuit of accountability)
Central People's Government of the P.R.C., February 25, 2014 02/25/content_2621626.htm


“出柜”大学生致信两会,促同性婚姻合法 (Openly gay college student asks Two Congresses to initiate legislation to legalize gay marriage)
Deutsche Welle, February 26, 2014

Population (人口)

上海“单独二孩”拟从农村居民扩大到全市户籍人口 (Shanghai to expand "two children for single-child parents" policy to cover all city residents with local hukou)
Xinhua, February 25, 2014

Protests and Petitions (抗议和请愿)

China petition reform vows rule of law
Xinhua, February 25, 2014

《关于创新群众工作方法解决信访突出问题的意见》(Opinions Concerning Innovative Mass Work Methods to Resolve Acute Petitioning Problems)
General Offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, February, 25, 2014

APEC财长会取消在港举办引猜测 或有关占领中环 (APEC finance ministers' meeting moved from HK to Beijing amidst speculations of China's worries about HK protesters)
Global Times, February 26, 2014

Rule of Law (法治)

郭声琨:对公安队伍违法违纪问题要实行“零容忍” (Minister of Public Security says gov't has “zero tolerance” for violations of discipline and laws by public security forces, including unlawful granting of hukou)
Xinhua, February 25, 2014

Technology (科技)

LinkedIn is doing what Facebook, Google, and Twitter can’t: expanding in China
Quartz, February 25, 2014 china/

Tibet (西藏)

流亡藏人乐见奥巴马会晤达赖喇嘛 期待加强与美关系 (Exiled Tibetan government hopes to improve relations with US after Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama)
Voice of America, February 26, 2014

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

Uighur professor could face death sentence in China: lawyer
Reuters, February 26, 2014