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.

Friday, July 28, 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)

家屬披露劉曉波最後5小時 (Family of Liu Xiaobo reveals his last five hours)
Mingpao, July 28, 2017

四川维权人士李宇在福建海祭刘晓波被抓捕 现仍被羁押 (Sichuan human rights defender Li Yu arrested, still detained for Liu Xiaobo memorial on Fujian beach)
Weiquanwang, July 26, 2017

International Support for Liu Xia (国际社会声援刘霞)

陈光诚:刘霞可能被关“黑监狱” (Chen Guangcheng: Liu Xia has possibly been put into “black jail”)
Voice of America, July 28, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Liu Xiaobo’s death and Western rights advocacy
Samuel Wade, China Digital Times, July 27, 2017

China's pro-democracy movement is dying by inches
Jonathan Manthorpe, iPolitics, July 26, 2017

Liu Xiaobo wasn’t China’s only prisoner of conscience
Benedict Rogers, The Diplomat, July 28, 2017


News (新闻)

Access to Justice (司法公正)

709事件被捕律師家屬到最高人民法院信訪處被阻進入 (Family of “709” lawyers stopped at petition office of Supreme People's Court)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 28, 2017

律师权益关注:709李和平和王宇在关押期间曾要求见律师并提供了名单 未被允许 (Li Heping and Wang Yu demanded to meet with their designated lawyers during detention but weren’t allowed)
Weiquanwang, July 27, 2017

大陆54名律师联署《关于国务院不履行审查撤销司法部违法规章法定职责的监督书》 (54 lawyers in the mainland signed letter urging the State Council to remove Justice department’s unlawful authority of law firm management and the annual inspection of lawyers)
Weiquanwang, July 27, 2017

张海涛狱中单独囚禁 期盼律师代其申诉遭拒绝 (Political prisoner Zhang Haitao in solitary confinement and banned from hiring a lawyer to appeal his case)
Radio Free Asia, July 27, 2017

Uighurs arrested in Egypt face unknown fate
Al Jazeera, July 27, 2017

Police in Italy detain Uyghur exile group leader at China’s behest
Radio Free Asia, July 26, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

北京网信办治理自媒体乱象,搜狐号封禁违规账号637个 (Beijing Internet Information Office regulates chaos in personal media accounts, 637 regulation-breaking Sohu accounts closed down)
The Paper, July 27, 2017

Chinese writers steer path round censors to earn cash through apps
South China Morning Post, July 27, 2017

German envoy demands answers from China over Internet crackdown
South China Morning Post, July 28, 2017

A beautiful essay critiquing the “fake lives” of Beijingers is blocked after lighting up Chinese social media
Quartz, July 27, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China's Xi says party cannot rest on laurels in fighting corruption
Reuters, July 28, 2017

CPC issues new inspection rules
Global Times, July 27, 2017

Former Tianjin mayor admits to corruption on TV
China Daily, July 27, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国多地民办老师陆续维权 内蒙古数百人要补偿两人被拘 (Teachers from various cities continue protests, hundreds of Inner Mongolians request compensation for two who were detained)
Radio Free Asia, July 26, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China using AI to catch evildoers before they commit crime
Technocracy News, July 26, 2017

China to check personal information protection of online service providers
Xinhua, July 27, 2017

中央网信办等四部门联合开展隐私条款专项工作 (Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs and four other departments jointly launch specialized operation on privacy regulations)
Xinhua, July 27, 2017

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

世维大会强烈要求欧盟调查意大利警察扣留多里坤事件 (World Uyghur Congress presses EU to investigate the detention of Dolkun Isa by Italian police)
Radio Free Asia, July 27, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

一地兩檢令基本法淪為廢紙 (“One place, two checks” makes the Basic Law a useless piece of paper)
Mingpao, July 28, 2017

議員學者成立關注組 反對「一地兩檢」 (Lawmakers and academics form concern group in protest against “one place, two checks”)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 27, 2017

林鄭月娥稱有責任就基本法23條營造適合條件啟動立法 (Carrie Lam: I am responsible to implement Article 23 and will create conditions conducive to restart the process)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 27, 2017

Hong Kong gov’t faces more legal challenges over West Kowloon mainland checkpoint plan
Hong Kong Free Press, July 27, 2017

Hong Kong legal challenge to mainland’s high-speed rail terminus lease “unlikely to succeed”
South China Morning Post, July 26, 2017

Pro-democracy veteran Martin Lee warns joint checkpoint deal sets precedent for crushing protests
Hong Kong Free Press, July 27, 2017

Chinese democracy: political developments in Hong Kong since the Umbrella Movement
Hot Press, July 27, 2017

Why didn't Hong Kong's freedoms spill over into China?
Radio Free Asia, July 27, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Why is Beijing afraid of Chinese feminists?
The Washington Post, July 27, 2017

The world cannot ignore China’s worsening abuse of basic human rights
UnHerd, July 26, 2017