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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Environment (环境)

China's largest coal power plant violating air pollution levels every week
The Guardian, December 18, 2014

Hong Kong (香港)

At political impasse, Hong Kong needs compromise
The Diplomat, December 17, 2014

It’s not over
The Economist, December 20, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

RFA独家:异议人士哈达盼偕家人出国获自由 (RFA Exclusive: Dissident Hada hopes to emigrate with family to obtain freedom)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2014

中国监狱良心犯李化平妻子:李化平被以这个罪名判刑,是他的荣誉 (Wife of Li Huaping, Chinese prisoner of conscience: Li’s sentence is his honor)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2014

Media (媒体)

Reporters in China say media freeze is intensifying
The New York Times, December 18, 2014

China gets even colder for reporters
The New York Times, December 17, 2014

China leads the world in jailing journalists
Bloomberg, December 17, 2014

Rule of Law (法治)

黑龙江开审法轮功学员 法院多处程序违法 (Heilongjiang trial of Falun Gong members begins, court violates procedural rules)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2014

Torture (酷刑)

Days after slamming U.S. “hypocrisy,” China acknowledges it also tortures
The Salt Lake Tribune, December 16, 2014

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

Q. and A.: James Leibold on Ethnic Policies in China
The New York Times, December 18, 2014

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

何清涟:2014中国政治关键词:狠 (He Qinglian: China’s political keyword for 2014: “ruthless”)
Voice of America, December 17, 2014