Monday, June 26, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Approaching the “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture,” a request to OHCHR and IBA to address the torture of Chinese human rights lawyers in the 709 crackdown
China Change, June 24, 2017
https://chinachange.org/2017/06/24/approaching-the-international-day-in-support-of-victims-of-torture-a-request-to-ohchr-and-iba-to-address-the-torture-of-chinese-human-rights-lawyers-in-the-709-crackdown/

Related:
Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers, Defenders and International Reactions: A Brief Chronology
Human Rights in China, July 16, 2017
http://www.hrichina.org/en/mass-crackdown-chinese-lawyers-defenders-and-international-reactions-brief-chronology

组织纪念莫日根活动被拘留 牧民促政府确定草原环保日 (Commemorators of 2011 Inner Mongolia unrest arrested, herdsmen urge gov't to establish “Grassland Protection Day”)
Radio Free Asia, June 22, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/ql2-06222017113238.html

Greater public interest role proposed for prosecutors
China Daily, June 23, 2017
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-06/23/content_29855977.htm

Related:
13省份试点期将满 检察机关提起公益诉讼拟推向全国 (Public interest litigation pilot program successful in 13 provinces, proposed to be introduced nationwide)
China News Service, June 23, 2017
https://www.chinanews.com/gn/2017/06-23/8258760.shtml

Blogger who compiled reports of protests, demonstrations stands trial in China's Yunnan
Radio Free Asia, June 23, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/blogger-trial-06232017132510.html

Related:
“民生观察” 抗议打压 “非新闻” 创办人卢昱宇 (Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch protest the detainment of “Not the News” founder Lu Yuyu)
Radio Free Asia, June 22, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/ql2-06222017113238.html

Be respectful to China’s national anthem! Or you might face detention
The Diplomat, June 23, 2017
http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/be-respectful-to-chinas-national-anthem-or-you-might-face-detention/

Access to Information (信息公开)

Farewell VPNs & independent multimedia content: China vows to clear network space
The Diplomat, June 23, 2017
http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/farewell-vpns-independent-multimedia-content-china-vows-to-clear-network-space/

China landslide: families' frustration grows as more than 100 feared dead
Reuters, June 26, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/china-landslide-families-frustration-grows-as-more-than-100-feared-dead

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Beijing shopkeepers protest evictions
The Straits Times, June 23, 2017
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/beijing-shopkeepers-protest-evictions

Related:
京罕见被停业小商贩抗议 (Rare protest in Beijing following shopkeeper evictions)
Radio France Internationale, June 23, 2017
http://bit.ly/2sH389J

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China broadens bribery crackdown to technology firms, says report
South China Morning Post, June 25, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2099897/china-broadens-bribery-crackdown-technology-firms-says-report

China's party paper trumpets U.N. rights resolution as combating West's monopoly
Reuters, June 24, 2017
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un-idUSKBN19F0A8

Hong Kong (香港)

Xi Jinping to attend HK's 20th return anniversary celebration
Xinhua, June 25, 2017
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-06/25/c_136392795.htm

Related:
HK20: Hong Kong police to crack down on sensitive slogans, images to avoid embarrassing Xi Jinping during visit—report
Hong Kong Free Press, June 23, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/23/hk20-hong-kong-police-crack-sensitive-slogans-images-avoid-embarrassing-xi-jinping-visit-report/

Pro-independence party says gov’t blocked Handover anniversary vigil due to “maintenance works”
Hong Kong Free Press, June 23, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/23/pro-independence-party-says-govt-blocked-handover-anniversary-vigil-due-maintenance-works/

Joshua Wong and other activists cover iconic Golden Bauhinia statue in black cloth ahead of Xi Jinping visit
South China Morning Post, June 26, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2099940/activists-cover-iconic-golden-bauhinia-statue-black-cloth

Hong Kong independence “never going to happen”: former governors tell city’s youth to focus on democracy
South China Morning Post, June 25, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2099824/hong-kong-independence-never-going-happen-former-governors-david

Two decades after handover, scant love for China among Hong Kong youth
Reuters, June 25, 2017
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-anniversary-identity-idUSKBN19G013

Beijing broke its promises to Hong Kong, veteran Democrat laments 20 years after the handover
South China Morning Post, June 23, 2017
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2099553/beijing-broke-its-promises-hong-kong-veteran-democrat

Commentary (评论)

Joshua Wong reflects on Hong Kong’s 1997 handover: “We desire and thirst for freedom, democracy”
Quartz, June 26, 2017
https://qz.com/1014220/joshua-wong-reflects-on-hong-kongs-1997-handover-we-desire-and-thirst-for-freedom-democracy/

China buying international silence on human rights
China Digital Times, June 22, 2017
https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/06/china-buying-international-silence-human-rights/

The dark side of China’s national renewal
Financial Times, June 21, 2017
https://www.ft.com/content/360afba4-55d1-11e7-9fed-c19e2700005f

Hong Kong was supposed to liberalize China. How did the opposite happen?
The Washington Post, June 23, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/hong-kong-was-supposed-to-liberalize-china-how-did-the-opposite-happen/2017/06/23/ef356eba-5762-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

Life imitates drama in corruption case, but is justice served by China’s secrecy over the death penalty?
Hong Kong Free Press, June 25, 2017
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/25/life-imitates-drama-corruption-case-justice-served-secrecy-death-penalty/