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.

Monday, July 25, 2011


China's Effort to Muzzle News of Train Crash Sparks Outcry
Reuters, July 26, 2011
For translations of the propaganda directives on media response to the collision, see:
Death on the High Speed Rail
China Geeks, July 24, 2011

Related news:
民间呼吁启动"7·23动车事故"特别调查 (Calls across China for a Special Investigation into Wenzhou High-speed Train Collision)
Deutsche Welle, July 26, 2011,,15265997,00.html

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Lawmakers Laud Talks with Clinton
Agence France-Presse, July 25, 2011

Human Rights Defender – Zhou Yongjun (周勇军)

UN Probing Zhou Yongjun Case
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 25, 2011


China Steps Up Web Monitoring, Driving Many Wi-Fi Users Away
New York Times, July 25, 2011

Migrant Workers

新生代农民工打工路调查:不加班按旷工处理 (Investigation Into New Generation of Migrant Workers)
Southern Daily, July 26, 2011

Protests and Petitions

广东网上信访大厅开始试运行 (Guangdong Bureau of Letters and Calls Opens Online Petitioning Office)
Southern Daily, July 26, 2011

Public Health

吸毒者死亡案疑点重重 云南省戒毒所管理混乱 ('Shady' Death Cases in Drug Rehabilitation Centre Attributed to Bad Management by Local Government)
Radio Free Asia, July 25, 2011


Border Guards Turn Away Activist Priest at Lo Wu
South China Morning Post, July 26, 2011

Top Chinese Church Leader Sentenced to 2 Years
Associated Press, July 26, 2011

Human Rights Defender – Li Shuangde (李双德)

李双德刑满出狱仍会继续维权工作 (Released Activist Li Shuangde Isn't Going to Stop Defending Rights)
Radio Free Asia, July 22, 2011

Chengdu-based rights activist Li Shuangde (李双德) was released Friday, July 22, from a four-month sentence on credit card fraud. Li was detained in late March and sentenced in June. Li says that imprisonment has not deterred his desire to defend rights, and that he does not fear monitoring from authorities.
Related information:
四川法律维权人士获释 讲述如何遭当局诬陷迫害
Sichuan Barefoot Lawyer Speaks Out against Trumped-up Charge
Human Rights in China, July 22, 2011


China to Tighten Rules on Pesticide Use
China Daily, July 25, 2011
Related information:
关于公布《农药管理条例(征求意见稿)》公开征求意见的通知  (Notice on Publicly Releasing the Regulations on the Administration of Pesticides [Draft for Solicitation of Opinions])
Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, July 20, 2011

Human Rights Defender – Ni Yulan (倪玉兰)

倪玉兰被加控新罪名最快八月开庭 ("Fraud" Added to Charges against Rights Lawyer Ni Yulan)
Radio Free Asia, July 22, 2011

Human Rights Defenders

法轮功律师朱宇飙 “预备犯罪”判两年 (Attorney Who Represented Falun Gong Practitioners Sentenced to Two Years on Charges of "Preparing to Commit a Crime")
Radio Free Asia, July 21, 2011

中国独立作家被阻止参加美国使馆活动 (Writers Kept from Participating in Freedom of Expression Roundtable at US Embassy)
Deutsche Welle, July 25, 2011,,15261923,00.html
Related information:
ICPC Celebrates Tenth Anniversary in Shadow of Escalating Repression
Independent Chinese PEN Center, July 23, 2011

Related news:
中国海关阻止海外作家入境 (Chinese Writers Tienchi Liao, Bei Ling, and Ma Jian Prevented from Entering China at Shenzhen)
Deutsche Welle, July 26, 2011,,15263175,00.html


Fresh Protests in Inner Mongolia
Radio Free Asia, July 24, 2011


Caixin Reporter's Gmail Hacked
South China Morning Post, July 25, 2011

Protests and Petitions

为讨土地不惧打压 顺德村民连日抗议 (Shunde Villagers Protest against Unconsented Sale of Land)
Radio Free Asia, July 24, 2011