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, March 07, 2014

Corruption (腐败)

Little Hunan finds itself in the spotlight after vote buying scandal
The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2014

Environment (环境)

社会监督与中国治霾改革 (Social oversight and reform of China's measures to tackle smog)
Financial Times, March 7, 2014

China’s “war on pollution” may end up accelerating global warming
Quartz, March 6, 2014

Hong Kong (香港)

台湾烛光晚会声援香港新闻自由 (Taiwan holds candlelight vigil to support press freedom in Hong Kong)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 6, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

唐荆陵应邀参加美领馆新馆舍剪彩被国保拦截 (Domestic security prevents human rights lawyer from attending opening ceremony of new U.S. consulate general in Guangzhou)
Radio Free Asia, March 6, 2014

许志永律师:二审不再沉默 (Xu Zhiyong's lawyers will drop silence tactic in second-instance trial)
Deutsche Welle, March 6, 2014

"Uphold the Bottom Line of the Rule of Law" --- an open letter to all delegates of the Twelfth National People’s Congress about the prosecution of New Citizens Movement advocates
Lawyers in the Xu Zhiyong and New Citizens Movement Cases, March 2, 2014
CH: xian-jiu-xin-gong-min-zhi-shi-er-jie-quan-guo-ren-da
EN: letter-all-delegates-twelfth-national-peoples

Information Control (信息控制)

“昆明事件”后 中国开始打击网络谣言 (China begins crackdown on online rumors after “the Kunming Event”)
Voice of America, March 7, 2014

Labor (劳工)

Chinese workers at IBM factory on strike amid company sale
The New York Times, March 7, 2014

百事可乐非法裁员 多地工人大罢工 (Workers protest illegal layoffs at PepsiCo factory)
New Tang Dynasty Television, March 7, 2014

Pepsi workers across China go out on strike with trade union support
China Labour Bulletin, March 7, 2014

Land, Property, Housing (土地、财产、房屋)

China's "land kings" under threat as tightening takes a toll
Reuters, March 6, 2014

National Defense (国防)

Inside China’s military spending
The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2014

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

Charity donations may become compulsory for all Chinese earners in sector overhaul
South China Morning Post, March 7, 2014

China sets up organ donation committee
Xinhua English, March 7, 2014

Protests and Petitions (抗议和请愿)

How Chinese petitioners keep hope for justice alive
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 6, 2014

Rule of Law (法治)

中国律师呼吁取消年检制度 (Lawyers call for abolition of annual licensing inspection system)
Radio Free Asia, March 6, 2014

Society (社会)

OW doc reveals tough conditions at one of China’s 400 internet addiction centres
Radio Praha, March 5, 2014

China remodels an ancient Silk Road city, and an ethnic rift widens
The New York Times, March 5, 2014

State Compensation (国家赔偿)

男子在看守所被羁押10年 自称被强灌屎尿捏下体逼供
Henan man spent 10 years wrongly imprisoned in miscarriage of justice, claims to have been force-fed feces and urine to extort a confession
North News, February 26, 2014 (Chinese)
China Smack, February 27, 2014 (English)

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

China’s restless West: the burden of empire
The Economist, March 6, 2014

Opinion (观点)

A map of China, by stereotype
Tea Leaf Nation, March 5, 2014

The other Uighurs: The forgotten victims of violent ethnic unrest in China
Offbeat China, March 6, 2014