Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China abandoning rule of law, human rights lawyers say
The Guardian, January 24, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/24/china-abandoning-rule-of-law-human-rights-lawyers-say

李春富被關押後健康欠佳 歐盟駐華大使表示十分關切 (E.U. Ambassador to China expresses concern for Li Chunfu’s health after detention)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 24, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1309853-20170125.htm

Related:
709 Lawyer Released on Bail in Psychological Distress
“709”被捕律师李春富取保候审,身心状况异常
Human Rights in China, January 13, 2017
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/hric-bulletin/709-lawyer-released-bail-psychological-distress
CH: http://www.hrichina.org/chs/xin-wen-gong-zuo/zhong-guo-ren-quan-jian-xun/709bei-bu-lu-shi-li-chun-fu-qu-bao-hou-shen-shen-xin

709大抓捕:律师李和平王全璋遭酷刑曝光 电击曾致昏厥 (709 Crackdown: Torture of lawyers Li Heping and Wang Quanzhang comes to light, subjected to electric shocks until they passed out)
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/xl2-01242017103042.html

Related:
The anti-torture work of lawyer Li Heping that irked the Chinese authorities
China Change, January 25, 2017
https://chinachange.org/2017/01/25/the-anti-torture-work-of-lawyer-li-heping-that-irked-the-chinese-authorities/

Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers, Defenders and International Reactions: A Brief Chronology
Human Rights in China, January 23, 2017
http://www.hrichina.org/en/mass-crackdown-chinese-lawyers-defenders-and-international-reactions-brief-chronology

Access to Information (信息公开)

China's rebel villagers sent to jail with no option to appeal
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinas-rebel-villagers-sent-to-jail-with-no-option-to-appeal-01242017114355.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Citizen Lab investigates Alipay, social credit
China Digital Times, January 24, 2017
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/01/citizen-lab-investigates-security-flaws-regulatory-history-alipay/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Tibetans ordered home by China are questioned by police, lose their passports
Radio Free Asia, January 23, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/ordered-01232017165731.html

中国多名律师起诉政府治霾不力 法院拒不受理 (Court rejects case brought by Chinese lawyers against gov’t for incompetence in smog control)
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/huanjing/m0124-zl-01242017145753.html

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Forget Xi’s “defense” of globalization. China just fortified the Great Firewall.
The Washington Post, January 23, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/23/forget-xis-defense-of-globalization-china-just-fortified-the-great-firewall/

China’s IT Ministry says VPN crackdown will not affect normal operations of foreign companies
Hong Kong Free Press, January 25, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/01/25/chinas-it-ministry-says-vpn-crackdown-will-not-affect-normal-operations-of-foreign-companies/

China's online population growing fast
Deutsche Welle, January 23, 2017
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-online-population-growing-fast/a-37235022

Hong Kong (香港)

Four Hong Kong lawmakers facing disqualification win more time to prepare defense
South China Morning Post, January 23, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2064675/four-hong-kong-lawmakers-facing-disqualification-win-more

青政及民族黨年宵攤位被取消 浸大學生會寄賣產品 批政府壓制本土港獨主張 (Youngspiration and Hong Kong National Party Lunar New Year Fair stalls cancelled, Student union of Baptist University consigns products of Youngspiration and Hong Kong National Party for sale, criticizes gov’t for suppressing idea of Hong Kong independence)
Mingpao, January 25, 2017
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20170125/s00001/1485312897192

Netflix購黃之鋒紀錄片版權 擬全球190國家播放 (Netflix purchases documentary on Joshua Wong, plans to stream in 190 countries worldwide)
Mingpao, January 25, 2017
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20170124/s00001/1485254672570

“反港独” 《中国国防报》赞同抵制香港歌手张敬轩 (Chinese National Defense News, “anti-HK independence” news outlet, agrees with boycott against Hong Kong singer Hins Cheung)
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 25, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/chinese-news-38740959

Commentary (评论)

Without freedom for rights lawyers, how can China lay claim to a just legal system?
South China Morning Post, January 23, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2064626/without-freedom-rights-lawyers-how-can-china-lay-claim-just

China must respect lawyers’ human rights
The Guardian, January 23, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/23/china-must-respect-lawyers-human-rights

The continued importance of the U.S.-China cyber dialogue
Council on Foreign Relations, January 23, 2017
http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2017/01/23/the-continued-importance-of-the-u-s-china-cyber-dialogue/

Access to Justice (司法公正)

“国际危难律师日”聚焦中国维权律师 (“The 7 Annual Day of the Endangered Lawyer” focuses on Chinese rights defense lawyers)
Voice of America, January 24, 2017
http://www.voachinese.com/a/news-day-of-endangered-lawyers-20170124/3689271.html

Related:
“处境危险律师国际日”法国律师公会声援中国律师 (French Bar Association supports Chinese lawyers on “Day of the Endangered Lawyer” )
Radio France Internationale, January 24, 2017
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20170124-“处境危险律师国际日”法国律师公会声援中国律师

709大抓捕案 李和平遭化名扣押 王全璋未獲見律師 (709 Crackdown: Li Heping detained under different name, Wang Quanzhang still hasn’t met with lawyers)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 24, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1309654-20170124.htm

Related:
Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers and Defenders
中国大规模镇压维权律师和活跃人士
Human Rights in China, June 10, 2015 (Updated January 23, 2017)
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/en/mass-crackdown-chinese-lawyers-and-defenders
CH: http://www.hrichina.org/chs/zhong-guo-da-gui-mo-zhen-ya-wei-quan-lu-shi-he-huo-yue-ren-shi

Resident of China’s “democracy village” transferred to Guangdong prison before appeal, son says
Hong Kong Free Press, January 24, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/01/24/resident-chinas-democracy-village-transferred-guangdong-prison-appeal-son-says/

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese liberal think tank slams Beijing censors after website and media accounts shut down
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2064991/chinese-liberal-think-tank-slams-beijing-censors-after

Government Accountability (政府问责)

北京、山西、浙江三省市监察委员会成立 (National supervisory commission set up in Beijing, Shanxi, and Zhejiang)
People’s Daily, January 24, 2017
http://politics.people.com.cn/n1/2017/0124/c1001-29047247.html

China jails two former officials, who fled abroad, for corruption
South China Morning Post, January 23, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2064632/china-jails-two-former-officials-who-fled-abroad

Hong Kong (香港)

《保衛立法會 撤銷司法覆核》- 全港跨界別公民聯合行動聲明 (Joint statement from cross-sectoral Hong Kong Citizens: “Defend Legco, Revoke Judicial Review Cases” )
InmediaHK, January 24, 2017
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1047218

盧偉聰稱去年旺角騷亂拘捕90人 6人已被定罪 (Stephen Lo: 90 people arrested over Mong Kok riot last year, 6 convicted)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 24, 2017
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1309647-20170124.htm

Student takes HKU Council to court over alleged vote bribes
Hong Kong Free Press, January 24, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/01/24/student-takes-hku-council-court-alleged-vote-bribes/

Commentary (评论)

How Hong Kong contributes to China’s human rights law
South China Morning Post, January 23, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2064730/how-hong-kong-contributes-chinas-human-rights-law