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, March 26, 2014

Children (儿童)

Gansu parents protest as scandal over drugged kindergarten pupils widens
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2014

Consumer Product Safety (消费品安全)

China, Netherlands sign dairy trade pacts
Associated Press, March 24, 2014

Corruption (腐败)

China's Three Gorges replaces top executives amid graft probe
Reuters, March 26, 2014

Environment (环境)

中国空气污染:一年三千亿美元医疗代价 (Air pollution costs China $300 billion per year in medical expenses)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 25, 2014

China's Hangzhou latest city to restrict car sales
Reuters, March 25, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

人权组织对刘霞健康状况表达关切 (Amnesty Int'l deeply concerned by Liu Xia's health)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 25, 2014

China: further information: Liu Xia receives medical treatment
Amnesty International, March 25, 2014 e61aa48aafc5/asa170172014en.html

Information Control (信息控制)

“记者无国界”谴责中国对信息自由的践踏 (RSF condemns violations of freedom of information in China)
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2014

Xi Jinping, enemy of freedom of information, visits France
Reporters Without Borders, March 25, 2014,46042.html

Editor leaves Bloomberg, citing China coverage
The New York Times, March 25, 2014

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

米歇尔•奥巴马在成都提及敏感话题 (Michelle Obama makes reference to civil rights movement, racial equality in remarks in Chengdu)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 25, 2014

Police beat, detain activists during US first lady's trip
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2014

Remarks by the First Lady before Number Seven School classroom visit -- Chengdu, China
The White House, March 25, 2014

Michelle Obama generates Internet comment after Tibetan lunch
Reuters, March 26, 2014

Labor (劳工)

沃尔玛员工向美工会发信 总工会定性为政治事件 (China's state-controlled union labels Wal-Mart workers' appeal to US union a “political act”)
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2014

Land, Property, Housing (土地、财产、房屋)

平度纵火案村主任指使 (7 suspects detained, real estate developer and village chief accused of masterminding fatal arson related to land grab death in Shandong)
Beijing News, March 26, 2014

China police detain local official, developer over land grab death
Reuters, March 26, 2014

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

世界银行为中国城镇化献计 (World Bank issues recommendations on urbanization to China)
Voice of America, March 25, 2014

World Bank urges China to reform urban development
Financial Times, March 25, 2014

Urban China: toward efficient, inclusive, and sustainable urbanization
The World Bank, March 25, 2014

Social Security (社会安全)

China’s rebalancing should start with a safety net
The Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2014

Society (社会)

余杰:习近平是个不折不扣的中国教父 (In biography, Chinese dissident writer calls Xi Jinping a "Chinese Godfather")
Deutsche Welle, March 25, 2014

Technology (科技)

China detains more than 1,500 in text spam crackdown
Reuters, March 26, 2014

United Nations (联合国)

中国NGO代表因偷拍异议人士被联合国吊销证件 (UN revokes accreditation of Chinese "NGO" representative caught photographing dissidents at Human Rights Council)
Voice of America, March 25, 2014