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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)

刘晓波健康状况 医院亲属说法不一 (Contradicting statements from the hospital and his family on the condition of Liu Xiaobo)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 12, 2017

24名立法會議員提交呈請書促中央讓劉曉波出國治療 (24 LegCo Councillors write to Beijing asking Liu Xiaobo to be allowed to go abroad for treatment)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 12, 2017

In Liu Xiaobo’s last days, supporters fight China for his legacy
The New York Times, July 11, 2017

In Pictures: Hong Kong activists hold relay sit-in urging China to release ailing dissident Liu Xiaobo
Hong Kong Free Press, July 11, 2017

香港医护界发起联署 促大陆释放刘晓波出国治疗 (Medical professionals in Hong Kong start joint letter campaign urging the mainland to allow Liu Xiaobo to go abroad for treatment)
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2017

Liu Xiaobo: How a dissident's declining health turned into a propaganda battle
Cable News Network, July 11, 2017

Don’t gawk at pictures of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on his deathbed. Read his words.
The Washington Post, July 11, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Round-ups of Uyghurs continue as Egypt, China condemned by rights groups
Radio Free Asia, July 10, 2017

李和平妻女车祸受伤 网民质疑与“709案”有关 (Li Heping’s wife and daughter injured in car accident, Internet users wonder if incident related to 709 crackdown)
Radio Free Asia, July 10, 2017

China to establish criminal proceeding system with Chinese characteristics
Xinhua, July 11, 2017

看守所法征求意见近尾声:问题的焦点集中在看守所归谁掌管 (Call for inputs on detention center law draws to a close: the focus of the question is where authority over detention centers lies)
The Paper, July 11, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

China orders carriers to block VPN access
China Digital Times, July 10, 2017

中国电信商2月前将禁止个人VPN接入 (Chinese telecommunications carriers to prevent personal VPN access by February)
Voice of America, July 11, 2017

Chinese people expect further enhancement of government transparency
Xinhua, July 11, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Tibetans defy Chinese bans to celebrate Dalai Lama's birthday
Radio Free Asia, July 10, 2017

“六四天网”创办人黄琦母亲担忧儿子狱中生死 呼吁当局放人 (Mother of Huang Qi, founder of, worries son’s health and urges the authority for release)
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2017

“709大抓捕”两周年:王宇包龙军公开声援王全璋 (709 crackdown anniversary: Wang Yu and Bao Longjun publicly support Wang Quanzhang)
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese senior legislator under investigation
Xinhua, July 11, 2017

原天津中共市委常委、统战部长王宏江被立案审查 (Former Tianjin Municipal Committee secretary and United Front minister Wang Hongjiang placed under investigation)
Radio Free Asia, July 10, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong seeks HK$45,000 police payout for July 1 protest handcuffing
South China Morning Post, July 12, 2017

“Unfair” to call prosecution decisions political, says Justice Sec. amid cases against pro-democracy figures
Hong Kong Free Press, July 11, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Time to tear down the “Great Firewall”
South China Morning Post, July 11, 2017