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, August 02, 2017

We have concluded our Daily Brief Special Feature on Liu Xiaobo, prominent Chinese public intellectual and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who died tragically in Chinese custody on July 13, 2017. For more information on Liu Xiaobo’s life and work, background information, and updates on his wife, Liu Xia, please see HRIC’s special action page: Liu Xiaobo's Living Legacy. We hope this page will be a useful information resource and help generate more effective action by the international community.

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Widow of late dissident Liu Xiaobo back in Beijing, relative says
South China Morning Post, August 1, 2017

劉霞據悉已回京 與當局協商出國 (Liu Xia said to be back in Beijing and negotiating with the authorities about going abroad)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 1, 2017

河南抓获62名“善心汇”传销组织涉案人员 (Henan criminally detain 62 from Shan Xin Hui for pyramid scheme)
China News Service, August 1, 2017

国家信访局请律师“坐堂”接访初显成效 (State Bureau for Letters and Visits invitation to lawyers to petition by “sitting in reception hall” shows early success)
Xinhua, August 1, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

In China, a pioneering transgender movie made by teens is trying to skirt censorship
Quartz, August 2, 2017

China's Internet crackdown reaches new level of restriction
Deutsche Welle, August 1, 2017

China Communist Party members face tighter curbs on Internet use
South China Morning Post, August 1, 2017

传承红色基因 激发奋进力量 江西纪念“三个90周年”网络媒体主题宣传活动正式启动 (“Red Gene” stimulates progressive strength, Jiangxi commemorates “Three 90th Anniversaries,” network media officially launches activities)
Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, July 31, 2017

Essay on Beijing migrants' plight fuels online debate in China
Reuters, August 1, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Pollution inspectors sharply criticize Tianjin, Anhui, Shanxi
China Daily, July 31, 2017

New regulation enacted to make China's statistics more trustworthy
Xinhua, August 1, 2017

China expels anti-graft inspector from party for corruption
Reuters, August 2, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

华为回应手机安装监听软件收集隐私传闻:恶意诽谤 (Huawei responds to rumors of monitoring software installed on mobile phones to collect private information: this is a malicious falsehood)
Phoenix Technologies, August 1, 2017

亚马逊步苹果后尘,在中国下架VPN (Amazon follows Apple’s example and stops VPN service in China)
Voice of America, August 2, 2017

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

Dozens of ethnic Kazakhs detained amid security crackdown in China's Xinjiang
Radio Free Asia, August 1, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

陳文敏:倘高鐵擴建 中央在港管轄權勢必擴大 (Johannes Chan: administrative power of central gov’t will be extended if high-speed rail expands)
Mingpao, August 2, 2017

An appointment “at all costs”: Choice of education deputy slammed by pro-democracy activists
Hong Kong Free Press, August 1, 2017

蔡若蓮任副局 林鄭月娥稱不明為何提升至與教育界開戰 (Carrie Lam on CHOI Yuk-lin: I don’t understand why the appointment issue has escalated and is raging war with the education sector)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 2, 2017

Plug Hong Kong’s legal loopholes on human-trafficking and forced labor, legislator tells officials
South China Morning Post, August 1, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Apple’s silence in China sets a dangerous precedent
The New York Times, July 31, 2017

香港教育要撥亂反正 從委任愛國愛港者開始 (Comment: setting the record straight for education in Hong Kong begins with the appointment of people who love China and Hong Kong)
Mingpao, August 2, 2017