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, April 11, 2014

Cyber Security (网络安全)

The mysterious disappearance of China’s elite hacking unit
Washington Post, April 10, 2014

Consumer Product Safety (消费品安全)

Chinese billionaires hope their money can help buy better food
Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2014 money-can-help-buy-better-food/?mod=WSJBlog

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

建三江被拘遭遇记 (An account of my detention in Jiansanjiang)
New York Times, April 11, 2014

For more information, see:
Post Reeducation-Through-Labor "abolition": lawyers and defenders monitor legal reform implementation--the Jiansanjiang case
"废除"劳教: 律师和维权人士监督法律改革实施--建三江案
Human Rights in China, April 2014

赵常青庭审拒认罪将择期宣判 律师提法院违反程序不被采纳 (Verdict in trial of activist Zhao Changqing forthcoming, court rejects lawyers' objection to procedural problems)
Radio Free Asia, April 10, 2014

China rejects appeal of citizens movement founder
Associated Press, April 11, 2014

Chinese civil rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong releases autobiography amid likely court rebuff
South China Morning Post, April 11, 2014

For more information, see:
Lawyers dismissed or withdrawn in protest of unfair trials of three citizen activists
Human Rights in China, January 31, 2014

Citizen activists on trial 2014: schedule/status and essays
Human Rights in China, April 7, 2014

Information Control (信息控制)

奖项空缺 抗议中国电影审查? (Is lack of winners in Chinese film awards a subtle rebuke of censorship?)
Deutsche Welle, April 10, 2014

Related: China film directors' guild declines to award best picture
Agence France-Presse, April 10, 2014 declines-award-best-picture

International Human Rights (国际人权)

英国人权报告关注中国人权捍卫者处境 (In human rights report, UK expresses concern over the situation of human rights defenders in China)
Radio Free Asia, April 10, 2014

See report:
Human Rights and Democracy 2013-14: China
United Kingdoms Foreign and Commonwealth Office, April 10, 2014

Spain: A human-rights avenger no longer?
Christian Science Monitor, April 10, 2014 o-longer

International Relations (国际关系)

The legal question that could stop China's maritime power grab
Foreign Policy, April 11, 2014

China explores regional security framework with Asian nations
First Post, April 10, 2014

Chinese lending to Latin America: flexible friends
The Economist, April 12, 2014 -countries-lack-other-options-flexible-friends

Protests and Petitions (抗议和请愿)

上海数千访民市政府集会要人权 当局如临大敌特警维稳 (Several thousand petitioners gather outside Shanghai city hall demanding human rights, special police forces arrive to maintain control)
Radio Free Asia, April 10, 2014