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 24, 2017

Special Feature: Liu Xiaobo (特辑:刘晓波)

We hope our expanded special feature on Liu Xiaobo—including news items, analyses of the significance of his life and work, international support for Liu Xia and calls for accountability, and commentaries—will be a useful information resource and help generate more effective action by the international community. Liu Xiaobo was a prominent Chinese public intellectual and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recognized for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental rights in China.” He died of liver cancer on July 13, 2017 in Chinese custody.

News (新闻)

Chinese police guard late dissident Liu Xiaobo’s home, empty or not
Agence France-Presse, July 22, 2017

“No entry record”: Hong Kong activist detained in Shenzhen after border protest for late dissident Liu Xiaobo
Hong Kong Free Press, July 21, 2017

The road to Liu Xiaobo’s death, and the path beyond
China Digital Times, July 21, 2017

China brushes off global criticism over Liu Xiaobo's death
Nikkei Asian Review, July 20, 2017

Assessments: Liu Xiaobo’s Life & Work (评价:刘晓波的审评和著作)

Liu Xiaobo and the moral critique of contemporary China
Kerry Brown, The Diplomat, July 24, 2017

A life lived in truth
Ma Jian, Project Syndicate, July 20, 2017

International Support for Liu Xia (国际社会给刘霞的声援)

Why can’t Beijing just go easy on Liu Xia?
EJ Insight, July 21, 2017

刘晓波“头七”已过 遗孀刘霞仍无音信 (Seventh day since Liu Xiaobo’s death has passed, still no news of his widow Liu Xia)
Radio Free Asia, July 21, 2017

Liu Xiaobo supporters step up pressure on China to free his widow
Voice of America, July 21, 2017

China: widow of Nobel Laureate feared “disappeared”
Human Rights Watch, July 20, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Column: A voice for freedom snuffed out
John Timpane, Salem News, July 21, 2017

Death of Liu Xiaobo shows up a flawed governing strategy by China's Communist Party
Minxin Pei, Financial Review, July 21, 2017


News (新闻)

Access to Justice (司法公正)

广西警方封村禁谈“肺炎死” 刘国理生前亲述遭扒光吊打 (Guangxi police seal off village following Liu Guoli’s “death by pneumonia,” who suffered beatings in detention)
Radio Free Asia, July 21, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

China WhatsApp crackdown only scratches surface of worsening internet censorship
Cable News Network, July 21, 2017

Chinese Communists lash out at yet another cartoon, calling it "subversive" to the state
Forbes, July 21, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

上海公民今年第14次上街举牌要求官员财产公开、敦促全国人大立即批准《公民权利和政治权利国际公约》(Shanghai residents protest for fourteenth time this year requesting public disclosure of official assets, urging NPC to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights)
Weiquanwang, July 21, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China: more than 210,000 officials punished for corruption in 2017
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, July 21, 2017

Ex-China's securities regulator assistant chairman to be prosecuted: graft watchdog
Reuters, July 21, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

VPN crackdown an “unthinkable” trial by firewall for China’s research world
South China Morning Post, July 23, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

“Publishers are self censoring and afraid”: China’s banned books fade from Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, July 21, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong democrats must get smart about defending the city’s core values from creeping authoritarianism
Hong Kong Free Press, July 24, 2017

No space for democracy? Political dissidence in colonial v. contemporary Hong Kong
China Policy Institute Blog, July 23, 2017