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, April 16, 2012

Human Rights Defenders

前甘肃警察和异议人士李大伟获释 (Gansu Dissident Li Dawei Released from Prison)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 14, 2012

Veteran Gansu dissident and former police officer Li Dawei (李大伟) was scheduled for release from prison on April 14, upon completion of his sentence. Li was convicted of subversion of state power in 2002 and sentenced to 11 years in prison and four years of deprivation of political rights.
Democracy Activist Is Scheduled for Release after Serving 11 Years for Subversion
“颠覆罪”入狱11年 异议人士李大伟刑满获释
Human Rights in China, April 13, 2012

Bilateral Ties

All Eyes on China at Book Fair
China Daily, April 16, 2012
Chinese Dissidents Silenced for London Book Fair
Inter Press Service, April 14, 2012

中国独立作家为何缺席伦敦书展? (Why Aren't China's Independent Writers at the London Book Fair?)
Deutsche Welle, April 14, 2012,,15883373,00.html

Civil Society

Red Cross Unit Appeals for Donations after Scandal
China Daily, April 16, 2012


中央要求严禁突击提拔干部 (Beijing Calls for a Halt to the Sudden Promotion of Cadres)
China News Service, April 16, 2012
China Expecting More Non-communist Officials
Xinhua News Agency, April 16, 2012

Hong Kong

Police Accused of 'Media Discrimination' at Rally
South China Morning Post, April 16, 2012

停劉銳紹專欄 記協質疑成報自我審查 (Sing Pao Drops Column of China Watcher Johnny Lau)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 16, 2012

Human Rights Defenders

Ai Weiwei: Chinese Government Cannot Censor the Internet
The Telegraph, April 16, 2012
China's Censorship Can Never Defeat the Internet
The Guardian, April 16, 2012


收「王立軍」短訊 京記者受查 (Southern Weekly Reporter Investigated for Receiving SMS on Wang Lijun)
Ming Pao, April 16, 2012


Wen's Anti-graft Article Could Point to Bo's Fate
South China Morning Post, April 16, 2012
让权力在阳光下运行 (Let Power Function in the Sunlight)
Qiushi, April 16, 2012


公益组织倡议北京“无动物表演” (Animal Rights Group Calls for No Animal Performances in Beijing)
The Beijing News, April 15, 2012