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, August 08, 2014

Corruption (腐败)

China jails British investigator Humphrey linked to GSK
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 8, 2014

China sentences GSK-linked investigators to prison
Reuters, August 8, 2014

How much wealth had Zhou Yongkang's family amassed before the former security tsar's fall?
South China Morning Post, August 8, 2014

Disasters (灾难)

China quake toll rises to 615; muddy noodles open army to scrutiny
Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2014

Environment (环境)

Only 9 Chinese cities pass clean air test
The New York Times, August 9, 2014

What to do about China’s polluted farmland?
Caixin, August 5, 2014

Hukou (户口)

Experts: land reform is the key factor to China’s household registration system
New Tang Dynasty Television, August 7, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

访耿和:“高智晟回家的路还有多远?” (Interview with Geng He: "How long do we have to wait until Gao Zhisheng is home?")
Radio Free Asia, August 7, 2014

美国敦促中国允许获释律师高智晟出国(U.S. urges China to allow rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng to go abroad)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 7, 2014

Daily Press Briefing
U.S. Department of State, August 7, 2014

China frees prominent lawyer who defended religious freedom
Reuters, August 7, 2014

Fiery Chinese rights lawyer released from prison
Associated Press, August 7, 2014

Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng released from prison; now what?
The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2014

高智晟出狱之际 耿和举行记者会要求中共还高智晟真正自由 (Wife of released rights lawyer urges China to ensure true freedom)
Radio Free Asia, August 8, 2014

Bay Area woman calls for husband to return to The U.S. after being released from Chinese prison
Columbia Broadcasting System, August 7, 2014

Information Control (信息控制)

China cracks down on popular mobile messaging services
The New York Times, August 8, 2014

China tightens censorship on mobile messaging apps
Financial Times, August 8, 2014

China has neutralized the social media threat
Quartz, August 7, 2014

Timeline of China’s social media crackdowns
The Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2014

Religion (宗教)

Exclusive: China police investigate U.S. citizen near border with North Korea - source
Reuters, August 7, 2014

Pope to fly over China, rare chance for greetings
Associated Press, August 7, 2014

Rule of Law (法治)

China’s leaders hint at bowing to rule of law as part of reforms
The Australian, August 8, 2014

State Secrets (国家秘密)

Foreign investigators say they didn’t know China law
Bloomberg Businessweek, August 8, 2014

Tibet (西藏)

绿色和平组织: 藏高原水源地违法开采严重 (Greenpeace: goal mining threatens water sources on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau)
Voice of America, August 7, 2014

Vast coal field expands into protected Chinese grasslands
The Telegraph, August 7, 2014

See report:
Exposed: Coal mining at the source of China's Yellow River
Green Peace, August 7, 2014

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

China’s far west: a Chechnya in the making
The Economist, August 8, 2014

Opinion (观点)

The uncertain limits of intellectual freedom in China
Washington Post, August 7, 2014