Friday, December 29, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

求自由获救抵美 李爱杰誓为夫发声 (Li Aijie, rights defender Zhang Haitao’s wife, arrives in US for freedom and vows to speak for husband)
Radio Free Asia, December 28, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/us-li-12282017163300.html?encoding=simplified

劉曉波62歲冥誕 諾貝爾獎twitter發帖悼念 (Nobel Prize tweets in memory of Liu Xiaobo’s 62nd birthday)
Mingpao, December 28, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171228/s00004/1514461052003

Related:
外交部:不了解劉霞行蹤和情況但知她目前自由 (MFA says it doesn't know Liu Xia’s whereabouts but claims she has freedom)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 28, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1372314-20171228.htm

被判免於刑事處罰 謝陽:一場荒誕離奇的審判 (Rights lawyer Xie Yang, avoided criminal punishment, calls his trial ridiculous and bizarre)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 28, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1372318-20171228.htm

最高检:2016年来共批准逮捕幼儿园工作人员侵害儿童案件69人 (Supreme People's Procuratorate claims it has approved 69 arrests of kindergarten workers for child abuse since January 2016)
The Beijing News, December 28, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/28/470433.html

法官法首次大修:法官任职要求提高,曾参阅14国相关法条 (Drastic revision to Judges Law raises bar for judges to qualify)
People's Court Daily, December 28, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1925731

China chides US, German embassies after call for release of activist
Reuters, December 28, 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights/china-chides-u-s-german-embassies-after-call-for-release-of-activist-idUSKBN1EM0TB

Access to Information (信息公开)

All the things you can—and can’t—do with your WeChat account in China
Quartz, December 28, 2017
https://qz.com/1167024/all-the-things-you-can-and-cant-do-with-your-wechat-account-in-china/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China measures how “green” its cadres are – but will it be enough?
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2126026/china-measures-how-green-its-cadres-are-will-it-be-enough

Chinese children from poor home die after lighting fire to keep warm
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2126090/chinese-children-poor-home-die-after-burning-fire-keep-warm

11月全国查处违反中央八项规定精神问题5590起 (5,590 cases of party discipline violations investigated in November countrywide)
People’s Daily, December 29, 2017
http://politics.people.com.cn/n1/2017/1229/c1001-29734880.html

人社部部长尹蔚民:2018年将完善工资收入分配制度 (Head of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security claims to improve income distribution mechanism in 2018)
The Beijing News, December 28, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/28/470451.html

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

The big data and AI projects China is pinning its global tech ambitions on
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2126029/big-data-and-ai-projects-china-pinning-its-global-tech-ambitions

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

阿坝又有一藏民点火自焚身亡 (Another Tibetan dies after self-immolation in Sichuan)
Deutsche Welle, December 28, 2017
http://bit.ly/2CliXWJ

Hong Kong (香港)

Statement of the Hong Kong Bar Association on the decision of the NPCSC of 27 December 2017 on the co-operation agreement between the mainland and the HKSAR on the establishment of the port at the West Kowloon station of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link for implementing co-location arrangement
香港大律師公會就全國人大常委會於2017年12月27日批准「一地兩檢」合作安排的決定之聲明
Hong Kong Bar Association, December 28, 2017
EN: http://bit.ly/2lfa4qd
CH: http://bit.ly/2C6vxfH

Related:
梁愛詩:不能直接用普通法原則詮釋《基本法》 大律師公會不明白中國憲法 (Elsie Leung says can’t directly use Common law principles to interpret the Basic Law and claims HK Bar Association doesn’t understand Constitution of PRC)
Stand News, December 29, 2017
http://bit.ly/2BRplEd

Protesters slam “fake” opening of Hong Kong’s long-shuttered Civic Square
公民廣場重開 民主派不滿限日限時示威
Radio Free Asia, December 28, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hongkong-square-12282017134202.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/htm/hk-square-12282017062339.html?encoding=traditional

Commentary (评论)

原來香港可以逐吋切割 (It turns out Hong Kong can be ceded inch by inch)
Mingpao, December 29, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171229/s00022/1514465978929

Asia made big strides in LGBT rights in 2017
Quartz, December 28, 2017
https://qz.com/1149730/asia-made-big-strides-in-lgbt-rights-in-2017/

世界报:习近平怎么发明的新独裁 (Xi Jinping has reinvented dictatorship)
Le Monde, December 27, 2017
http://bit.ly/2CliLHa

Related:
Trump, Xi and a dark year for democracy
Financial Times, December 29, 2017
https://www.ft.com/content/899d6190-eaf9-11e7-bd17-521324c81e23

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

最高检:零容忍虐童案,儿童合法权益缺乏全面系统立法规定 (Supreme People's Procuratorate claims it has zero tolerance towards child abuse and calls for comprehensive legislature to protect children’s rights)
The Paper, December 28, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1925445

Tibetan filmmaker flees China, arrives in United States
Reuters, December 28, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2125923/tibetan-filmmaker-flees-china-arrives-united-states

Related:
一名西藏政治犯逃至加州 (Tibetan political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen flees to California after spending almost 10 years in jail)
Voice of America, December 28, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/tibet-escape-20171227/4182230.html

Kazakhstan national missing, believed detained in China, amid ongoing crackdown
新疆前官员入籍哈国遭公安越境绑架 伊力哈木16个月不准见妻儿
Radio Free Asia, December 27, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/kazakh-missing-12272017141959.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/ql1-12272017101941.html

程海律师、蔺其磊律师:立即撤销案件释放王全璋律师或予以取保候审的要求书 (Cheng Hai and Lin Qilei, defense lawyers of Wang Quanzhang, demand Wang’s case to be immediately closed and call for his release or bail)
Weiquanwang, December 27, 2017
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2017/12/blog-post_44.html

吳淦獲刑聲明:不反對專制,我還是人嗎? (Rights defender Wu Gan faces jail and says: Am I still human if I do not oppose authoritarianism?)
Stand News, December 27, 2017
http://bit.ly/2C94uzB

Related:
US and Germany call for release of Chinese activist “Super Vulgar Butcher”
The Guardian, December 28, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/28/us-and-germany-call-for-release-of-chinese-activist-super-vulgar-butcher

张海涛维权获罪19年,新疆妻儿被迫逃美 (Zhang Haitao’s wife and child forced to flee to US, after he was sentenced to 19 years in Xinjiang for defending rights)
Voice of America, December 27
https://www.voachinese.com/a/voaweishi-20171227-connect-zhang-haitao/4181149.html

Related:
How questioning China’s security crackdown in Xinjiang led to a 20-year jail term
Associated Press, December 28, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2125910/how-questioning-chinas-security-crackdown-xinjiang-led

Beijing to discuss revising constitution for first time since 2004
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2125871/beijing-discuss-revising-constitution-first-time-2004

Related:
十九届二中全会明年1月召开,讨论研究修改宪法部分内容建议 (Second plenum of 19th party congress to discuss amendments to Constitution in January 2018)
Xinhua News Agency, December 27, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1923954

最高检:发挥检察职能协助解决农民工讨薪问题 (Supreme People’s Procuratorate vows to help migrant workers get paid)
Legal Daily, December 27, 2017
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2017-12/27/content_7432366.htm?node=5955

全国人大法律委:信访法起草工作正在抓紧进行 (NPC Legal Committee: Letters and Calls Law now being drafted)
Xinhua News Agency, December 27, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1924876

Access to Information (信息公开)

Don't call “Xi the Bun” - Chinese netizens are being jailed for chatroom jokes
Global Voices, December 27, 2017
https://advox.globalvoices.org/2017/12/27/dont-call-xi-the-bun-chinese-netizens-are-being-jailed-for-chatroom-jokes/

China’s Internet “clean-up” has closed over 13,000 illegal websites since 2015
Quartz, December 27, 2017
https://qz.com/1166024/china-shut-down-over-13000-illegal-websites-and-10-million-user-accounts-since-2015/

中共中央印发《中国共产党党务公开条例(试行)》 (Central Committee of CPC releases “Regulation on Disclosure of CPC Affairs (Pilot)”)
Xinhua News Agency, December 25, 2017
http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-12/25/c_1122164920.htm

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

乘火车吸二手烟 女大学生告铁路局 (After being exposed to secondhand smoke on train, university student sues railway authority)
The Beijing News, December 28, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/28/470384.html

广东顺德征地疑涉官商勾结 村民示威遭带走 (Villagers in Guangdong protest against government-business collusion in land rights dispute, and get taken away by police)
Radio Free Asia, December 27, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf1-12272017112213.html

左派张云帆被捕遭秘密关押 学界联署要求放人 (Academia launches signature campaign demanding release of left-wing advocate Zhang Yunfan, after he was arrested and secretly detained last month)
Agence France-Presse, December 27, 2017
http://bit.ly/2ljz7HT

Related:
Scholars call for release of detained Maoist Zhang Yunfan in China
Agence France-Presse, December 27, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/27/scholars-call-release-detained-maoist-zhang-yunfan-china/

8 top Chinese intellectuals demand constitutional review of Beijing’s mass eviction
The Diplomat, December 27, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/8-top-chinese-intellectuals-demand-constitutional-review-of-beijings-mass-eviction/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中央环保督察完成31省份全覆盖 已问责超1.8万人 (Environmental inspectors from Central Government now cover 31 provinces and have held over 18,000 people to account)
Chinanews.com, December 28, 2017
http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2017/12-28/8411080.shtml

Chinese authorities define student bullying
China News Service, December 27, 2017
http://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2017/12-27/286102.shtml

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Uyghur biodata collection in China
The Diplomat, December 28, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/uyghur-biodata-collection-in-china/

China lashes out at German ambassador over cyber security
Associated Press, December 27, 2017
https://goo.gl/q1Mb9n

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

武警元旦起歸黨和中央軍委領導 (Paramilitary police force to be led by Party and Central Military Commission starting January 1, 2018)
NOW, December 28, 2017
http://news.now.com/home/international/player?newsId=248382

Related:
China Communist Party takes control of paramilitary police
Agence France-Presse, December 27, 2017
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/china-communist-party-takes-control-paramilitary-police-doc-vg17e1

Hong Kong (香港)

海麗邨清潔工續罷工 公民廣場外抗議 要求政府介入 (Public housing cleaners strike and protest for severance pay outside government building)
Inmediahk, December 28, 2017
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1054160

Bar Council chairman Paul Lam seeks re-election amid challenge from rights lawyer Philip Dykes
Hong Kong Free Press, December 28, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/28/bar-council-chairman-paul-lam-seeks-re-election-amid-challenge-rights-lawyer-philip-dykes/

China’s top legislature approves joint checkpoint plan; says it complies with Hong Kong constitution
Hong Kong Free Press, December 27, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/27/chinas-top-legislature-approves-joint-checkpoint-plan-says-complies-hong-kong-constitution/

Related:

全国人大常委会批准《内地与香港特别行政区关于在广深港高铁西九龙站设立口岸实施“一地两检”的合作安排》 (NPC Standing Committee approves joint checkpoint plan)
Xinhua News Agency, December 27, 2017
http://www.xinhuanet.com/gangao/2017-12/27/c_1122175282.htm

港团体游行抗议中共重判大陆维权人士吴淦 (Hong Kong groups march in protest against hefty sentencing of mainland rights defender Wu Gan)
Radio Free Asia, December 27, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/cp-12272017162608.html

Baptist University biology researcher claims his political leanings have led to talk of his termination
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2125861/baptist-university-biology-researcher-claims-his-political

Commentary (评论)

A decade on, China’s Labor Contract Law has failed to deliver
China Labor Bulletin, December 28, 2017
http://www.clb.org.hk/content/decade-china%E2%80%99s-labour-contract-law-has-failed-deliver

Minitruth 2017: October-“A Taxi Driver” & Tiananmen echoes
China Digital Times, December 28, 2017
https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/12/minitruth-2017-october-taxi-driver-echoes-tiananmen/

“The Chinese Dream” and Xi Jinping's power politics in 2017
Deutsche Welle, December 27, 2017
http://www.dw.com/en/the-chinese-dream-and-xi-jinpings-power-politics-in-2017/a-41941966

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

詹惠中(网名校长)因海祭刘晓波案昨遭警方抓捕 (Zhan Huizhong, another independent scholar who commemorated Liu Xiaobo, is arrested by CPC authorities)
Weiquanwang, December 27, 2017
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2017/12/blog-post_655.html

For China, Christmas is the best time of year to put human-rights activists on trial
Quartz, December 27, 2017
https://qz.com/1166056/over-christmas-china-sentenced-activist-wu-gan-or-super-vulgar-butcher-to-eight-years-in-prison/

Related:
Wu Gan’s statement after being sentenced to eight years in prison for "subversion"
China Change, December 26, 2017
https://chinachange.org/2017/12/26/wu-gans-statement-after-being-sentenced-to-eight-years-in-prison-for-subversion/

China's Communist Party to discuss amending constitution, graft fight
Reuters, December 27, 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-politics/chinas-communist-party-to-discuss-amending-constitution-graft-fight-idUSKBN1EL0B8

Access to Information (信息公开)

China accused of waging war on Christmas
中国官媒否认存在全国层面的圣诞节禁令
Financial Times, December 27, 2017
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/d2236004-ea18-11e7-bd17-521324c81e23
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075650

毛誕日批毛「邪惡」 記者遭停職 (Journalist suspended for calling Mao Zedong “evil” on Mao’s birthday)
Mingpao, December 27, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171227/s00013/1514311124742

发改委:重大建设项目相关信息应在20个工作日内公开 (National Development and Reform Commission: Information related to major construction projects should be available to public within 20 working days)
People’s Daily, December 27, 2017
http://politics.people.com.cn/n1/2017/1227/c1001-29731706.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

被问及六四天安门镇压死亡人数 中国外交部发言人有所回避 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson dodges questions regarding Tiananmen casualties)
Radio France Internationale, December 27, 2017
https://goo.gl/BvH3iR

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Tencent’s WeChat messaging platform adopted by Beijing court for case filing
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/2125804/tencents-wechat-messaging-platform-adopted-beijing-court-case-filing

China snares innocent and guilty alike to build world’s biggest DNA database
The Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2017
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-snares-innocent-and-guilty-alike-to-build-worlds-biggest-dna-database-1514310353

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

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on terror cooperation
Channel NewsAsia, December 27, 2017
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china--pakistan--afghanistan-agree-on-terror-cooperation-9811058

China to punish “Two-Faced” Uyghur officials in new reward scheme
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/rewards-12262017144824.html

Hong Kong (香港)

人大常委會指一地兩檢不影響香港行政區域範圍及自治權 (China NPC says co-location arrangement does not affect HKSAR autonomy)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 27, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1372066-20171227.htm

Related:
譚惠珠:香港法庭不存在推翻人大常委會決定的可能 (HK deputy to NPC says it's impossible for Hong Kong Court to overrule NPC’s decision)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 27, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1372040-20171227.htm

民陣元旦遊行仍未獲不反對通知書 區諾軒:奇怪 (Permission for January 1 rally not yet granted)
Mingpao, December 27, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171227/s00001/1514341093367

“Civic Square” to reopen to public in Hong Kong – but with restricted access for demonstrations
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2125809/civic-square-reopen-public-hong-kong-restricted-access

Winners and losers in another year of political upheaval for Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2125718/winners-and-losers-another-year-political-upheaval-hong-kong

Commentary (评论)

The last Jedi and the founding mythology of the Chinese Communist Party
The Diplomat, December 27, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/the-last-jedi-and-the-founding-mythology-of-the-chinese-communist-party/

公共医疗保险为何会“撑不住了”?(Why will public medical insurance fall apart?)
Financial Times, December 27, 2017
https://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075644

China’s “new era” presages a golden age
中国“新时代”思想是一个转折点
Financial Times, December 27, 2017
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/bda486d6-df59-11e7-a8a4-0a1e63a52f9c
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075646

Monday, December 25, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

內地維權人士吳淦顛覆國家罪成有期徒刑8年 (Rights defender Wu Gan sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment for “subversion")
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 26, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1371882-20171226.htm

Related:
Chinese human rights activist jailed for eight years for subversion
The Guardian, December 25, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/26/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-jailed-for-eight-years-for-subversion

維權律師謝陽顛覆國家罪成 免於刑事處罰 (Rights defense lawyer Xie Yang sentenced to “subversion,” exempt from criminal punishment after admitting guilt)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 26, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1371894-20171226.htm

Related:
Chinese rights lawyer escapes jail term after admitting subversion
South China Morning Post, December 26, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2125664/chinese-rights-lawyer-escapes-jail-term-after-admitting

Liu Xiaobo’s widow allowed to spend Christmas Eve with brother, Hong Kong human rights group says
South China Morning Post, December 25, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2125630/liu-xiaobos-widow-enjoys-christmas-eve-brother-hong

Related:
Hongkongers send 3,000 Christmas cards to Liu Xia and China’s jailed activists
Hong Kong Free Press, December 23, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/23/hongkongers-send-3000-christmas-cards-liu-xia-chinas-jailed-activists/

失联艺术家胡嘉岷“被放”将重返法国 (Hu Jiamin, disappeared artist who had painted tribute to Liu Xiaobo, “released,” will return to France )
Radio France International, December 25, 2017
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20171225-失联艺术家胡嘉岷被放将重返法国

Access to Information (信息公开)

Xi's iron grip on China's internet extends to social media
Nikkei Asian Review, December 26, 2017
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Xi-s-iron-grip-on-China-s-internet-extends-to-social-media

中国3年关闭1.3万个网站冀“洁净互联网”能放飞实现中国梦 (China shuts down 13 thousand websites in 3 years, believes a “Clean Internet” can make China Dream a reality)
Radio France International, December 25, 2017
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20171225-中国3年关闭13万个网站冀洁净互联网能放飞实现中国梦

Related:
China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015 – state media
Hong Kong Free Press, December 24, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/24/china-shut-13000-websites-since-2015-state-media/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Declassified: Chinese official said at least 10,000 civilians died in 1989 Tiananmen massacre, documents show
Hong Kong Free Press, December 21, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/21/declassified-chinese-official-said-least-10000-civilians-died-1989-tiananmen-massacre-documents-show/

Related:
英国解密六四文件 中国军队天安门清场杀人逾万 (Declassified UK National Archives documents: Chinese military killed more than 10 thousand civilians in Tiananmen Massacre)
Radio France International, December 20, 2017
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20171220-英国解密六四文件-中国军队天安门清场杀人逾万

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

广州签发全国首张微信身份证 预计明年1月推向全国 (Guangzhou issues 1st ID card on WeChat, to be implemented thoroughout country in January)
Guangzhou Daily, December 26, 2017
http://news.dayoo.com/guangzhou/201712/26/139995_52009048.htm

Related:
Leave your wallet at home, WeChat is now issuing ID cards
Technode, December 26, 2017
https://technode.com/2017/12/26/leave-wallet-home-wechat-now-issuing-id-cards/

WeChat poised to become China’s official electronic ID system
South China Morning Post, December 26, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/tech/social-gadgets/article/2125736/wechat-poised-become-chinas-official-electronic-id-system

Even China’s backwater cities are going smart
Sixth Tone, December 25, 2017
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001452/even-chinas-backwater-cities-are-going-smart

“对朋友下手”:中国对德网络攻击严重 (German network severely attacked by Chinese hackers)
Deutshe Welle, December, 26, 2017
http://p.dw.com/p/2pxTT

Hong Kong (香港)

港区人大:只要人大说一地两检合基本法就不必引用具体条文 (Hong Kong National Committee: If co-location arrangement is approved by the NPC, referring to specific provision is not necessary)
Radio France International, December 26, 2017
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20171226-港区人大只要人大说一地两检合基本法就不必引用具体条文

黃之鋒批政府重開「公民廣場」是「有姿勢無實際」(Joshua Wong: The reopening of Civic Square is empty talk)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 26, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1371951-20171226.htm

香港民运团体中联办前示威 悼念刘晓波 (Hong Kong pro-democracy groups protest in front of Liaison Office to commemorate Liu Xiaobo)
Deutshe Welle, December, 25, 2017
http://p.dw.com/p/2puhk

Commentary (评论)

West hypes false Tiananmen death toll
Global Times, December 24, 2017
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1081851.shtml

China must protect basic human rights
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2125743/china-must-protect-basic-human-rights

West grows wary of China’s influence game
西方疑惧中国的影响力
The Financial Times, December 26, 2017
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/d3ac306a-e188-11e7-8f9f-de1c2175f5ce
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075628?full=y

“实名登记”事项过滥的情形该改改了 (It’s time to change the way “Real Name Registration” data is gathered to ensure the protection of personal information)
The Beijing News, December 26, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/opinion/2017/12/26/470028.html

Friday, December 22, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

十二届全国人大常委会第三十一次会议在京举行(NPC’s Standing Committee holds 31st meeting in Beijing)
National People’s Congress, Dec 22, 2017
http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/xinwen/syxw/2017-12/22/content_2034302.htm

北京警校一哥涉害死維權人士 被美列入制裁名單 (US sanctions Party Secretary of Beijing People’s Police College over death of human rights defender Cao Shunli)
Apple Daily, December 22, 2017
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/china/realtime/article/20171222/57612456

Related:
Small step toward accountability: US sanctions a Chinese official over death of Cao Shunli
China Human Rights Defenders, December 22, 2017
https://www.nchrd.org/2017/12/small-step-toward-accountability-us-sanctions-a-chinese-official-over-death-of-cao-shunli/

人民陪审员法一审:选任学历降至高中 (First draft of People’s Assessors Law lowers education requirement of lay jurors to high school level)
The Paper, December 22, 2017
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2017-12-22/doc-ifypwzxq5276268.shtml

法官法拟修改:非因法定情形法官不被调离审判岗位 (Judges Law draft revision protects judges from arbitrary removal)
Beijing News, December 22, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/22/469694.html

Related:
法官法检察官法修订草案一审:拟设两级遴选委员会(Judges and Procuratorates Law revision proposes two tiers of selection committees)
The Paper, December 22, 2017
http://news.sina.com.cn/o/2017-12-22/doc-ifypwzxq5301225.shtml

China adds new protections for graft suspects amid detention system overhaul
Reuters, December 22, 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-lawmaking-corruption/china-adds-new-protections-for-graft-suspects-amid-detention-system-overhaul-idUSKBN1EG0EG

Two Uyghur students die in China’s custody following voluntary return from Egypt
Radio Free Asia, December 21, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/students-12212017141002.html

Chinese army “spared no-one” in 1989 mass killings in Beijing: UK cables
英国近期解密六四事件外交档案
Radio Free Asia, December 21, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/tianmen-revelations-12212017131357.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/zhengzhi/yl-12202017105100.html?searchterm:utf8:ustring=%E5%85%AD%E5%9B%9B

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

黑龙江省民代幼教师6000多人到省教育厅上访维权 (6000 kindergarten substitute teachers from Heliongjiang petition provincial Department of Education for their rights)
Weiquanwang, December 21, 2017
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2017/12/6000.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

No man an island: China warns against straying from party path
Reuters, December 22, 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-politics/no-man-an-island-china-warns-against-straying-from-party-path-idUSKBN1EG0DD

监察法草案:监察委副主任由本级人大常委会任免 (Draft Supervision Law proposes NPC Standing Committee holds powers of appointment and removal of deputy-secretary of Supervisory Commission)
The Paper, December 22, 2017
http://news.sina.com.cn/o/2017-12-22/doc-ifypwzxq5272995.shtml

土壤污染防治法草案二审:治污不力 市长将被约谈 (Second draft law on Preventing and Controlling Soil Pollution requires local officials to be questioned for weak enforcement)
The Paper, December 22, 2017
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2017-12-22/doc-ifypvuqf0024923.shtml

政府给社会组织强制摊派扶贫任务将被严肃追责(Governments can be harshly sanctioned for forcing their poverty alleviation responsibilities on social organizations)
Legal Daily, Dec 22, 2017
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2017-12/22/content_7428378.htm?node=5955

Hong Kong (香港)

記協:《香港01》六四報道被擱置 憂涉政治因素(Hong Kong Journalists Association is concerned Hong Kong 01 report on June 4 incident was shelved due to political factors)
Mingpao, December 22, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171222/s00001/1513925160863/

Related:
《香港01》刪改六四事件解密檔案報道惹關注(Revision of declassified Hong Kong 01 report on June 4 incident raises concerns about media censorship)
British Broadcasting Company, December 21, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-42436695

人大常委會下周三表決一地兩檢草案 譚惠珠:不涉釋法 (NPC Standing Committee agrees to Wednesday vote on co-location agreement, Maria Tam says Basic Law interpretation not involved)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 22, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1371425-20171222.htm/

Hong Kong employer who abused domestic worker Erwiana ordered to pay HK$810k in damages
Hong Kong Free Press, December 21, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/21/hong-kong-employer-abused-domestic-worker-erwiana-ordered-pay-hk810k-damages/

I never said I’d help halt soaring property prices: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
South China Morning Post, December 22, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2125374/i-never-said-id-turn-tide-soaring-property-prices-hong-kong

Related:
Hong Kong property prices on the rise, families look for affordable homes
Voice of America, December 21, 2017
https://www.voanews.com/a/housing-in-hong-kong-/4173017.html

Commentary (评论)

因國家安全之名(In the name of national security)
Mingpao, December 22, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171222/s00022/1513860986197

What's really behind Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea?
The Diplomat, December 22, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/whats-really-behind-chinese-assertiveness-in-the-south-china-sea/

You’re registered. Now what?
China File, December 21, 2017
http://www.chinafile.com/ngo/latest/youre-registered-now-what

China’s Belt and Road meets Trump’s Afghanistan plan
The Diplomat, December 21, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/chinas-belt-and-road-meets-trumps-afghanistan-plan/

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

刑案律师辩护率大增部分地区达100% (Big increases in rate of defense by criminal lawyers, doubling in some regions)
Legal Daily, Dec 21, 2017
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2017-12/21/content_7427226.htm?node=5955

著名民运人士杨天水先生遭中共当局强制“海葬” 家人遭巨大压力被禁言(CPC authorities force sea burial of Yang Tianshui (Yang Tongyan), veteran democracy activist who died last month, and pressure family to remain silent)
Weiquanwang, December 20, 2017
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2017/12/blog-post_38.html

Gay hate crime? The Nest accused of assault on lesbian couple
Shanghaiist, December 20, 2017
http://shanghaiist.com/2017/12/20/nest_assault.php

反强拆 广西北海两村民被批捕(Two villagers in Beihai, Guangxi Province, detained for opposing forced demolition)
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-12202017103708.html

天津首起侮辱国旗案宣判 (Man is sentenced to 2 years in Tianjin’s first case of dishonoring national flag)
Legal Daily, Dec 20, 2017
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2017-12/20/content_7425861.htm

20个省份成立法官检察官惩戒委(20 provinces set up Judge and Prosecutor Disciplinary Sanction Commission)
Legal Daily, Dec 20, 2017
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2017-12/19/content_7424846.htm?node=5955

最高检公安部联合发文规范经济犯罪案件办理:防止侦查权滥用 (Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Public Security jointly issue regulation on handling economic crimes to prevent abuse of investigative power)
The Paper, Dec 19, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1912932

《法治政府建设实施纲要》尚未落实到位 近半数未如期公布法治政府建设年报 (Implementation Outline for Building Government of Rule of Law falls short in practice, as half of government units miss deadline for publishing annual reports)
Legal Daily, Dec 18, 2017
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2017-12/18/content_7423562.htm?node=5955

最高法:人格权有望单独成编入民法典,保护互联网时代隐私权 (Supreme People’s Court: “Right to character” to be written into civil code to protect privacy right in Internet era)
The Paper, Dec 18, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1910358

Access to Information (信息公开)

China's ruling communist party bans Christmas, calling it “spiritual opium”
斥圣诞节“精神鸦片” 湖南衡阳官方禁党员干部过圣诞
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/xmas-12202017113540.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/zhengzhi/ql2-12202017103645.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

上海维权公民今年第22次上街举牌要求批准《公民权利和政治权利国际公约》和要求官员公开财产(For the 22nd time this year, Shanghai rights defenders urge ICCPR ratification for asset transparency of government officials)
Weiquanwang, December 20, 2017
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2017/12/22.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

被指性侵女学生 南昌大学一副院长被免职(Associate Deans of Nanchang University dismissed over alleged sexual assault of female students)
Beijing News, December 21, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/21/469477.html

China shapes economic blueprint around “Xi Jinping Thought”
The Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2017
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-shapes-economic-blueprint-around-xi-jinping-thought-1513786561

Related:
習近平新時代經濟思想出爐 中央經濟工作會議閉幕 首關注教育醫療電騙(Xi’s economic thought unveiled, raise concerns about education, health and electronic frauds)
Mingpao, December 21, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171221/s00013/1513793308629

近5年妥善处理群众信访195万余件 (Supreme People’s Procuratorate properly handled 1.95 million petitions in past five years)
Legal Daily, Dec 20, 2017
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2017-12/20/content_7425989.htm?node=5955

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中国科技巨擘竞逐人工智能 (Chinese technology giants compete to develop AI)
Financial Times, December 21, 2017
https://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075569

国产APP软件私闯网民禁地 关闭通讯录仍如无掩鸡笼(Chinese apps access chat records without user authorization)
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/meiti/ql1-12202017103517.html

男子私自搭建VPN服务器非法获利50余万元被判刑 (Man is sentenced to 5 years and fined RMB 500,000 for building VPN)
JCRB.Com, Dec 20, 2017
http://news.jcrb.com/jszx/201712/t20171220_1827177.html

腾讯发布“谣言治理年度报告”:拦截谣言5亿次 (Tencent intercepted rumors over 500 million times, its “Annual Report of Managing Rumors” says)
The Paper, Dec 20, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1914787

中宣部等印发通知要求进一步加强社会主义核心价值观网上传播(Central Propaganda Department issues notice requiring stepped-up dissemination of socialist core values online)
Xinhua, Dec 17, 2017
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-12/17/c_1122123232.htm

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

China dangles huge payouts for tips on “terrorists” in largely Uyghur Hotan Prefecture
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/tips-12202017172516.html

China outcry as Taiwan arrests pro-Beijing party members accused of spying
The Telegraph, December 20, 2017
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/20/china-outcry-taiwan-arrests-pro-beijing-party-members-accused/

Hong Kong (香港)

曾鈺成:政府應坦白承認 基本法沒「一地兩檢」空間(Jasper Tsang, former chairperson of LegCo and DAB, says HKSAR government should admit co-location arrangement has no ground in Basic Law)
Mingpao, December 21, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171221/s00001/1513823267358

林鄭月娥:未來12個月很難開展23條立法工作(Carrie Lam says it will be difficult to start work on Article 23 legislation within next year)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 21, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1371173-20171221.htm

Related:
With legislative changes, some Hong Kong pro-democracy activists fear "Article 23 is coming to town"
Global Voice, December 20, 2017
https://globalvoices.org/2017/12/20/with-legislative-changes-some-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-fear-article-23-is-coming-to-town/

Hong Kong government makes 123 data requests to Facebook in first half of 2017
Hong Kong Free Press, December 21, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/21/hong-kong-government-makes-123-data-requests-facebook-first-half-2017/

Outgoing HKU head calls visit to Occupy protesters the "defining moment" of his term
South China Morning Post, December 21, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2125160/outgoing-hku-head-calls-visit-occupy-protesters-defining

Rimsky Yuen (Secretary of Justice) tenders resignation, reports say
The Standard, December 21, 2017
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=100949&sid=4

Ex-Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho indicted in US over US$2.9 million in bribes to African officials
South China Morning Post, December 20, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2125014/ex-hong-kong-minister-patrick-ho-indicted-us-over-us29

Commentary (评论)

Xi's China rising, Trump's America waning
Aljazeera, December 21, 2017
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/xi-china-rising-trump-america-waning-171220111758013.html

新聞工作者眼中的網絡科技安全問題(Digital security problems seen from journalists’ perspective)
Mingpao, December 21, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171221/s00022/1513772457473

解决社会问题的死循环需要“比慢”(Breaking the vicious cycle of China’s complex social problems requires “slow” systematic thinking)
Financial Times, December 21, 2017
http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075576

Hong Kong must do more on data protection
South China Morning Post, December 21, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2125148/hong-kong-must-do-more-data-protection

Five things to know about China’s national carbon market
China Dialogue, December 19, 2017
https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/10303-Five-things-to-know-about-China-s-national-carbon-market/en

Access to Justice (司法公正)

独立学者、作家黎学文在广州火车站遭警方抓捕 疑因海祭刘晓波案(Li Xuewen, independent scholar and writer, is arrested in Guangzhou, possibly related to his act to commemorate Liu Xiaobo)
Weiquanwang, December 19, 2017
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2017/12/blog-post_36.html

无国界记者:中国是全世界记者的最大监狱(Reporters Without Borders says China locked the most journalists away in the world)
Voice of America, December 20, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/news-china-reporters-without-frontiers-20171219/4170211.html

Related:
China is "the world’s biggest prison for journalists", says media watchdog Reporters Without Borders
Hong Kong Free Press, December 20, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/20/china-worlds-biggest-prison-journalists-says-media-watchdog-reporters-without-borders/

Access to Information (信息公开)

新疆高调公布13人 “涉暴恐”
China detains five more ethnic Kazakhs over "ethnic hatred", "terrorist" content
Radio Free Asia, December 19, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kazakhs-12192017113550.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/ql2-12192017105139.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

河北沧州“煤改气”爆炸赔偿无果 民众市政府抗议 (Protest against Cangzhou government in Hebei, demanding remedies for natural gases explosion)
Radio Free Asia, December 19, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/yf2-12192017105213.html

China public death sentences over drugs alarm web users
British Broadcasting Company, December 18, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42403250

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Top polluter China unveils nationwide carbon market to reduce emissions
Agence France-Presse, December 20, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/20/top-polluter-china-unveils-nationwide-carbon-market-reduce-emissions/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Internet giants told: Accept cyber curbs to be welcome in China
Reuters, December 18, 2017
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-cyber/internet-giants-told-accept-cyber-curbs-to-be-welcome-in-china-idUSKBN1EC1MQ

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

China’s flagship TV network has not registered as a foreign agent in US
The Washington Post, December 20, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2125051/chinas-flagship-tv-network-has-not-registered-foreign

Twelve days in Xinjiang: How China’s surveillance state overwhelms daily life
The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2017
https://www.wsj.com/articles/twelve-days-in-xinjiang-how-chinas-surveillance-state-overwhelms-daily-life-1513700355

Hong Kong (香港)

新人多支持待適當時機立23條 (Most newly elected Hong Kong deputies to the National People’s Congress say they support legislation of Article 23 in due course)
Ming Pao, December 20, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171220/s00002/1513707129508

Outgoing CUHK head: students’ harsh criticism of his political views “regrettable”
Hong Kong Free Press, December 20, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/20/outgoing-cuhk-head-students-harsh-criticism-political-views-regrettable/

Hong Kong football association fined for Chinese anthem booing
Channel New Asia, December 20, 2017
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-football-association-fined-for-chinese-anthem-booing-9513044/

Investigative newswire FactWire makes urgent request for HK$3.8m from readers
Hong Kong Free Press, December 19, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/19/investigative-newswire-factwire-makes-urgent-request-hk3-8m-readers/

Carrie Lam praises school that kicked students out of graduation ceremony for “disrespecting” national anthem
Hong Kong Free Press, December 19, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/19/carrie-lam-praises-school-kicked-students-graduation-ceremony-disrespecting-national-anthem/

Commentary (评论)

Spare me the crocodile tears, Hong Kong’s treatment of domestic workers is modern slavery
South China Morning Post, December 20, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2124974/spare-me-crocodile-tears-hong-kongs-treatment-domestic-workers-modern

How companies can win against China’s “carrots and sticks”
Financial Times, December 20, 2017
https://www.ft.com/content/b6bb55c4-e4b4-11e7-97e2-916d4fbac0da

Was Moon Jae-in’s China Trip Successful?
The Diplomat, December 19, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/was-moon-jae-ins-china-trip-successful/

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

”Disappeared” Beijing Artist Who Made Video of Migrant Protests Released on Bail
Radio Free Asia, December 18
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/artist-12182017112339.html

China Detains Kazakhs During "Unity Week" in Troubled Xinjiang Region
Radio Free Asia, December 18
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/unity-12182017115834.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

省市联合工作组彻查兰州危废污染(Gansu Provincial Government form working group to investigate Lanzhou toxic wastes)
The Beijing News, December 19
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/19/469156.html

上海研究制定托幼机构标准 专家建议设虐待儿童罪 (Shanghai government intends to standardise regulations on childcare services, experts propose criminalize child abuses)
The Paper, December 19
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2017-12-18/doc-ifypsvkp4534862.shtml

安监总局:化工行业前11个月事故203起 死亡238人 (State Administration of Worker Safety reported 238 occupational deaths in the chemistry industries last 11 months)
Legal Daily, December 18
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2017-12-18/doc-ifypsvkp4498110.shtml

北京逐“低端人口”后遗症 高丽营二十多所幼儿园遭查封(Seizure of two dozens of kindergartens in Gaoliying, Beijing, marks the second wave of mass eviction)
Radio Free Asia, December 18
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-12182017111950.html

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

China Claims "New Breakthroughs in Anti-Missile Cooperation" with Russia
The Diplomat, December 19
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/china-claims-new-breakthroughs-in-anti-missile-cooperation-with-russia/

Hong Kong (香港)

Hongkongers must now "love" mainland to get scholarships in China
South China Morning Post, December 19
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2124840/beijing-pumps-us227-million-more-annual-scholarships-hong

王晨:港區人大代表選舉有序進行 充分發揚民主(36 seats of Hong Kong deputies to the National People’s Congress is generated, VC of NPCSC comments says democracy is substantially exercised)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 19
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1370833-20171219.htm

Ex-policeman guilty of assaulting Hong Kong Occupy protest bystander with baton in 2014
South China Morning Post, December 18
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2124766/ex-policeman-guilty-assaulting-hong-kong-occupy-protest

Related:
Police association "disappointed" by retired cop Frankly Chu’s Occupy assault conviction
Hong Kong Free Press, December 19, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/19/police-association-disappointed-retired-cop-frankly-chus-occupy-assault-conviction/

The Chief Executive refuse to comment on the case, said respect the court judgment
MingPao, December 19, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171219/s00001/1513640497651

Cheung Chau resident Kwok Cheuk-kin files judicial review over legislature house rule changes
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/18/cheung-chau-resident-kwok-cheuk-kin-files-judicial-review-legislature-house-rule-changes/

Commentary (评论)

Why Hong Kong must heed EU warning over “constant interference” in “one country, two systems”
South China Morning Post, December 19
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2124882/why-hong-kong-must-heed-eu-warning-over-constant

蔡奇屹立不搖的邏輯(Why Cai Qi, Mayor of Beijing still maintaining his position?)
Mingpao, December 19
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171219/s00013/1513620728141

得一地兩檢 失基本法尊嚴 (High-speed railway co-location arrangement is disrespectful to the Basic Law)
Mingpao, December 19
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171219/s00022/1513603106081

Monday, December 18, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Thousands in China watch as 10 people sentenced to death in sport stadium
The Guardian, December 18, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/thousands-china-watch-executed-sport-stadium

人格权或单独成编入民法典 个人信息保护立法加速 (Personality Rights may included in Civil Code, speeding up protection to the right to privacy)
Legal Daily, December 18, 2017
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2017-12-18/doc-ifyptkyk5087704.shtml

China's Uighur minority shackled by digital technology as thousands are detained for “vocational training”
The Independent, December 17, 2017
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thousands-china-xinjiang-uighur-beijing-disappear-fears-authorities-thought-police-personal-safety-a8115421.html

中共中央办公厅 国务院办公厅印发《生态环境损害赔偿制度改革方案》
China to expand pilot reform in ecological damage compensation
Xinhua News Agency, December 17, 2017
EN:http://english.sina.com/china/e/2017-12-18/detail-ifypsvkp4229640.shtml
CH:http://www.gov.cn/xinwen/2017-12/17/content_5247952.htm

Hua Yong: Detained Chinese artist's emotional last video
British Broadcasting Company, December 16, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42379722

Related:

华涌拍摄“低端人口”被驱逐视频遭抓捕 公民上街举牌声援(Hua Yong, activist artist who filmed Beijing mass eviction is arrested, citizens call for his release)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf-12172017095716.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

中宣部號召文藝界做「紅色輕騎兵」 學者:仿效毛時代 料爛尾收場(China Publicity Department asks cultural groups to serve as “Red Light Cavalry”, scholars anticipate the plan is likely to fall apart)
Ming Pao, December 18, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171218/s00013/1513534057684

作品諷時政 京強撤思想藝術展 剩「半條被子」 藝術家:間接宣傳(Beijing art exhibition that criticize current affairs largely banned)
Ming Pao, December 17, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171217/s00013/1513446564917

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Fighting pollution: China shivers as shift from coal to gas plagued by shortages
Agence France-Presse, December 18, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/18/fighting-pollution-china-shivers-shift-coal-gas-plagued-shortages/

Related:

China has won battles against air pollution, but not the war
The Economist, December 14, 2017
https://www.economist.com/news/china/21732581-fierce-restrictions-use-coal-have-got-it-only-so-far-china-has-won-battles-against-air

Hong Kong (香港)

Localist Edward Leung leaves Hong Kong Indigenous in light of upcoming trial
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/18/localist-edward-leung-leaves-hong-kong-indigenous-light-upcoming-trial/

泛民或提司法覆核 李慧琼:人大有釋法權利 (Pan-Dem consider to file judicial review against LegCo rule change, DAB’s Starry Lee said the NPCSC can re-interpret the Basic Law)
Mingpao, December 18, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171218/s00001/1513565128456

Related:

Hong Kong lawmaker promises more extreme action after legislature rule changes curb filibustering
South China Morning Post, December 17, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2124686/hong-kong-lawmaker-promises-extreme-action-after-legislature

Two Hong Kong students kicked out of graduation ceremony after not standing for national anthem
South China Morning Post, December 18, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2124697/two-hong-kong-students-kicked-out-graduation-ceremony-after

外傭團體遊行促正視移民工權益及濫收中介費問題 (Migrant groups demonstrated demanding fair treatment and stop overcharging from agencies)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 17, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1370507-20171217.htm

Commentary (评论)

As Christmas decorations highlight inequality, what are Hong Kong’s officials doing about the poor?
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/18/christmas-decorations-highlight-inequality-hong-kongs-officials-poor/

「一國一制」真的好 (“One Country One System is good”)
Ming Pao, December 18, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171218/s00022/1513516226297

Can Environmental Lawsuits in China Succeed?
China File, December 14, 2017
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/viewpoint/can-environmental-lawsuits-china-succeed

How China’s “sharp power” is muting criticism abroad
The Economist, December 14, 2017
https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21732545-and-stealthily-trying-shape-public-opinion-its-favour-how-chinas-sharp-power-muting

Inside China's vast new experiment in social ranking
Wired, December 14, 2017
https://www.wired.com/story/age-of-social-credit/

Friday, December 15, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

"I live like a plant": Chinese dissident’s widow Liu Xia sends desperate letter
Agence France-Presse, December 15, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/15/i-live-like-plant-chinese-dissidents-widow-liu-xia-sends-desperate-letter/

China corrects 37 wrongful convictions for 61 people: white paper
中国人权法治化保障的新进展
Xinhua News Agency, December 15, 2017
EN:http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136827952.htm
CH:http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/15/c_136827952.htm

男子制作传播侮辱成吉思汗挂像视频 被判有期徒刑 (Man sentenced to 1 year in prison for treading on picture of Genghis Khan and sharing video of it on social media)
Ordos city police, December 15, 2017
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2017-12-15/doc-ifyptkyk4573828.shtml

Chinese security guards beat South Korean journalists in shocking footage from Beijing trade fair
Newsweek, December 14, 2017
http://www.newsweek.com/chinese-security-guards-attack-south-korean-press-covering-president-moon-jae-747889/

投身NGO指导网民突破封锁 广东甄江华因涉嫌煽颠被监视居住 (Guangdong-based activist Zhen Jianghua under “residential surveillance at designated location” for inciting subversion)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf1-12142017131756.html

广东及北京等地家庭教会遭驱赶 (Home churches in Guangdong and Beijing harassed and evicted)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/ql2-12142017131110.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Communist Party, military among latest to promote Xi Jinping’s political ideology in “thought” centres
South China Morning Post, December 15, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2124406/communist-party-military-among-latest-promote-xi/

Related:

10家习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想研究中心(院)成立 (10 research centers and institutes of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era set up across China)
People’s Daily, December 15, 2017
http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2017-12/15/nw.D110000renmrb_20171215_2-04.htm

奥威尔的预言与毛时代的回归:严密监控下的中国 (Orwell’s prophecy and retuning of Mao’s era: China under tight surveillance)
Voice of America, December 15, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/china-state-surveillance-20171214/4164853.html

南京清「餘毒」 銷毁前書記撰序史書 (Nanjing destroys history books prefaced by corrupt former party secretary)
Mingpao, December 15, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171215/s00013/1513275212291

中國佛教協會高僧:十九大報告是當代佛經 已手抄3遍要再抄10遍 (Deputy of Buddhist Association of China says report of 19th party congress is modern-day Buddhist sutra and he will hand-copy it for 13 times)
HK01, December 14, 2017
http://bit.ly/2zdQlPq

China has 41 journalists behind bars amid ever-widening media controls centers
全球关押新闻工作者再创新高 中国排名第二
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-has-41-journalists-behind-bars-amid-ever-widening-media-controls-12142017103536.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/survey-12142017071139.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Beijing mass evictions continue in wake of second fatal fire
北京十八里店乡火灾后“低端人口”再遭暴力驱逐 公民联署敦促蔡奇辞职
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2017
EN:http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/beijing-evictions-12142017104315.html
CH:http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-12142017131428.html

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

"中国之长臂"伸向海外 输出专制并捏造形象 (“Long arm of China” exports authoritarianism)
Voice of America, December 15, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/cecc-hearing-china-long-arm-20171215/4164961.html

Related:
The long arm of China: exporting authoritarianism with Chinese characteristics
Congressional-Executive Commission on China, December 13, 2017
https://www.cecc.gov/events/hearings/the-long-arm-of-china-exporting-authoritarianism-with-chinese-characteristics

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam gets pat on the back from premier Li Keqiang for “proactive” governance and pushing bay area plan
South China Morning Post, December 15, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2124461/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-hailed-premier-li-keqiang

Lawmaker barred for the day as battle over change of legislature’s house rules nears end
Hong Kong Free Press, December 15, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/15/lawmaker-barred-day-battle-change-legislatures-house-rules-nears-end/

Top pick for new HKU vice-chancellor faces questions over research links to US military
South China Morning Post, December 15, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2124429/professor-questions-suitability-top-pick-next-hku-head

Related:

張翔晤港大教職員 與會者引述張稱不反對學術討論港獨 (Zhang Xiang, new head of HKU, meets with staff and says he doesn’t oppose academic discussion on Hong Kong independence)
Mingpao, December 15, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171215/s00001/1513310796113

Court accepts appeal application from cop found guilty of assaulting democracy activist Ken Tsang
Hong Kong Free Press, December 15, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/15/court-accepts-appeal-application-cop-found-guilty-assaulting-democracy-activist-ken-tsang/

Civil Human Rights Front calls on public to “defend Hong Kong” at annual new year march
Hong Kong Free Press, December 15, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/15/civil-human-rights-front-calls-public-defend-hong-kong-annual-new-year-march/

Related:

元旦遊行守護香港 民陣:禮崩樂壞 市民不能沉默 (Civil Human Rights Front organizes January 1 march to defend Hong Kong)
Inmediahk, December 14, 2017
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1053912

ATV studio bomb makers get 26-46 months in jail
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 15, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1370266-20171215.htm

Hong Kong to be notified in 30 days if residents detained in China for “endangering national security”
Hong Kong Free Press, December 14, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/14/hong-kong-notified-30-days-residents-detained-china-endangering-national-security/

Related:

通報機制新安排:內地拘危害國安港人須30天內通報 (New mechanism says mainland will notify Hong Kong in 30 days if residents get detained for activity endangering national security)
Mingpao, December 14, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171214/s00001/1513236958710

Commentary (评论)

In Beijing, who is and isn’t a “low-end person?”
China Change, December 14, 2017
https://chinachange.org/2017/12/14/in-beijing-who-is-and-isnt-a-low-end-person/

Human rights and press freedom in Hong Kong - A brief memoir
Hong Kong Watch, December 14, 2017
https://www.hongkongwatch.org/all-posts/2017/12/14/francis-moriarty-human-rights-and-press-freedom-in-hong-kong-a-brief-memoir

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

采访郭文贵电视主持人与大陆妻子失联三个月 (TV anchor interviews Miles Kwok, Chinese billionaire in exile, and his wife goes incommunicado for 3 months)
Voice of America, December 14, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/chen-xiao-ping-wife-lost-contact-20171213/4162695.html

China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary, detains rights activists
习近平出席南京大屠杀公祭 维权人士被严管逾24小时
Radio Free Asia, December 13, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/anniversary-12132017115632.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf1-12132017103548.html

China moves ahead with subversion trial of rights website founder Liu Feiyue
刘飞跃“煽颠罪”湖北随州中院正式立案
Radio Free Asia, December 13, 2017
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/liufeiyue-trial-12132017142438.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-12132017103304.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Number of jailed journalists hits record high, advocacy group says
2017年中国41名记者入狱,全球第二多
The New York Times, December 14, 2017
EN: https://cn.nytimes.com/world/20171214/journalists-jailed-committee-to-protect-journalists/en-us/
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/world/20171214/journalists-jailed-committee-to-protect-journalists/

Artist flees Beijing after filming devastation of mass evictions
公开“大驱逐”视频的艺术家逃离北京
The New York Times, December 14, 2017
EN: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20171214/china-beijing-migrants-eviction/en-us/
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20171214/china-beijing-migrants-eviction/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

撞斷九江大橋 船長出獄查「空心橋墩」 (Ex-convict captain investigates “hollow bridge pier” after his ship slammed into bridge in Jiangxi and killed 8)
Mingpao, December 14, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20171214/s00013/1513188343264

English transcript of video featuring activist Zhen Jianghua
i-CABLE News, December 13, 2017
https://www.nchrd.org/2017/12/19545/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

携程亲子园事件5名工作人员被批捕 (Five kindergarten staffers in Shanghai under arrested after child abuse scandal)
Beijing News, December 13, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/13/468422.html

保定一纸厂发生燃爆事故致4死 公司负责人已被警方控制 (Owner of paper mill detained by police after fire and explosion killed 4 in Hebei)
Beijing News, December 13, 2017
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2017/12/13/468427.html

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

人权组织批评新疆强行收集居民生物信息 (Human rights organisation criticizes Xinjiang for forcefully collecting biological data from residents)
Reuters, December 13, 2017
http://bit.ly/2C4wdxE

Hong Kong (香港)

Showdown in LegCo over changes to its rule book: What’s fuelling the continuing clash?
South China Morning Post, December 14, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2124207/showdown-legco-over-changes-its-rule-book-whats-fuelling

Related:
學者發起聯署 反對修改議事規則 「社會將付上代價」 (Scholars launch signature campaign in protest against LegCo rules changes, warning “society will pay”)
Inmediahk, December 13, 2017
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1053889/

Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki among ten disqualified from running for China legislature seats
Hong Kong Free Press, December 14, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/14/civic-party-lawmaker-kwok-ka-ki-among-ten-disqualified-running-china-legislature-seats/

Related:
港區人大選舉確認49人為候選人 郭家麒斥假選舉 (49 confirmed as candidates for NPC Hong Kong election, and pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki calls it fake)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 13, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1369897-20171213.htm

Hong Kong to pay HK$2.36 billion share of mega bridge project’s HK$11.7 billion cost overrun
South China Morning Post, December 14, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2124232/hong-kong-pay-hk236-billion-share-mega-bridge-projects-hk117/

入境處下周一起擴展旅客自助離境服務 櫃位增設鏡頭識別容貌 (Immigration to add face-detection counters at borders next week)
Mingpao, December 14, 2017
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20171214/s00001/1513232374693

Candidate for Hong Kong University vice-chancellor position urged to reveal stance on academic freedom
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/13/candidate-hong-kong-university-vice-chancellor-position-urged-reveal-stance-academic-freedom/

Commentary (评论)

Does Xi Jinping Thought really matter?
The Diplomat, December 14, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/does-xi-jinping-thought-really-matter/

China’s stealthy holiday crackdowns
The Diplomat, December 14, 2017
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/chinas-stealthy-holiday-crackdowns/

Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression
Committee to Protect Journalists, December 13, 2017
https://cpj.org/reports/2017/12/journalists-prison-jail-record-number-turkey-china-egypt.php

China’s film industry: Blocked by its own Great Wall
China Film Insider, December 13, 2017
http://chinafilminsider.com/chinas-film-industry-blocked-by-its-own-great-wall/

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Uyghur woman dies of condition left untreated in Chinese police detention
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/death-12122017164350.html

长期为民发声 湖北网络大V罗兰青被抓 (Luo Lanqing, Key Opinion Leader in Hubei, allegedly arrested for advocating for public)
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf2-12122017101416.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese authorities collecting DNA from all residents of Xinjiang
The Guardian, December 13, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/13/chinese-authorities-collecting-dna-residents-xinjiang

China displays clout at Internet conference but some doubts remain
Voice of America, December 12, 2017
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-internet-conference-brings-tech-companies-together/4160056.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

北京新建村5名护送华涌的村民被抓捕 华涌吁关注救援 (5 villagers in Beijing outskirts arrested for protecting artist Hua Chong from police)
Weiquanwang, December 12, 2017
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2017/12/5.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese province admits homes left freezing after overzealous coal ban
South China Morning Post, December 13, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2124104/chinese-province-admits-homes-left-freezing-after

Fire in southern Beijing kills five, weeks after government launches safety hazards campaign
South China Morning Post, December 13, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2124105/fire-southern-beijing-kills-five-weeks-after-government-launches

Related:
Government edicts do nothing to prevent fire danger in China’s workplaces
China Labor Bulletin, December 12, 2017
http://www.clb.org.hk/content/government-edicts-do-nothing-prevent-fire-danger-china%E2%80%99s-workplaces

教育部清理令时限已过,常州大学官网仍有上千人身份证被泄露 (Changzhou University continues to leak students’ ID information online after deadline set by education ministry)
The Paper, December 12, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1902245