Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese-American journalist says China kidnapped his wife
Associated Press, January 17, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-american-journalist-says-china-kidnapped-his-wife/2018/01/17/a4360986-fb5b-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html

山东肇事司机不予追责 警方:监控已坏 (Government-hired driver released by police and not held accountable for killing 75-year-old villager in accident, as police claims surveillance camera footage is damaged)
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2018
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/yf1-01162018111444.html

Confusion surrounds status of Liu Xia amid rumors she will “leave China”
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2018
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/confusion-01162018105851.html

Amended regulation-making procedure stresses CPC leadership, due process
Xinhua News Agency, January 16, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/16/c_136900521.htm

Related:
李克强签署国务院令 公布《国务院关于修改〈行政法规制定程序条例〉的决定》和《国务院关于修改〈规章制定程序条例〉的决定》 (Premier Li Keqiang signs off regulation-making procedure amendments)
Xinhua News Agency, January 16, 2018
http://www.gov.cn/premier/2018-01/16/content_5257183.htm

全国人大常委会已开始对合宪性审查相关问题进行研究部署, 维护宪法权威, 合宪性审查如何破局 (Among goals of NPC Standing Committee’s constitutionality inspection work is to “provide constitutional support . . . for major Party, state policies”)
Legal Daily, January 16, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-01/16/content_7448640.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

How will Macau's new cybersecurity legislation impact freedom of speech?
Global Voices, January 16, 2018
https://advox.globalvoices.org/2018/01/16/how-will-macaus-new-cybersecurity-legislation-impact-freedom-of-speech/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中國最大同志社區被關閉之後,哪裏是同志運動和言論的天花板? (China shutting down the largest online gay community questions boundaries of LGBT movement)
The Initium, January 17, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180117-mainland-yilutongxing-lgbt-movement/

长沙抗日老兵无钱医病身亡 逾百政府拆迁人员上门抢尸 (Hunan veteran dies after fighting against forced eviction thugs and has his body taken away by local government)
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2018
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-01162018113401.html

近百位尘肺病患者及遗属连日在深圳市政府维权 (Nearly 100 pneumoconiosis victims and family members demand compensation at Shenzhen government)
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2018
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/huanjing/yf2-01162018110547.html

新疆巴州蒙古族学校被摘牌 引发海内外蒙古人抗议 (Inner Mongolia government changing ethnic schools’ names sparks protest from ethnic communities inside and out of China)
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2018
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/ql1-01162018105653.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Another Chinese city admits releasing “fake” economic data
Reuters, January 17, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2128629/another-chinese-city-admits-releasing-fake-economic-data

卧底发现:江苏苹果手机代工厂压榨工人工作累报酬低 (Undercover investigation finds Apple factory in Jiangsu exploits workers with poor pay and long hours)
Voice of America, January 17, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/apple-factory-20180116/4210749.html

Related:
Workers making iPhones in China exposed to toxic hazards, report says
The Guardian, January 16, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/16/workers-making-iphones-in-china-exposed-to-toxic-hazards-report-says-apple-catcher-technology

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Google quietly opens third China office
谷歌悄悄在华设立第三家办事处
Financial Times, January 17, 2018
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/a50f908a-fb32-11e7-9b32-d7d59aace167
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075969

Related:
Google says “no changes” to mapping platform in China after report
Reuters, January 16, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-google-china-maps/google-says-no-changes-to-mapping-platform-in-china-after-report-idUSKBN1F42GD

China disrupts global companies’ web access as censorship bites
中国干扰外企使用VPN
Financial Times, January 16, 2018
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/80e50a6c-fa8a-11e7-9b32-d7d59aace167
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001075967

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

Amid tension, China carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait
Reuters, January 17, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-taiwan-flights/amid-tension-china-carrier-group-sails-through-taiwan-strait-idUSKBN1F60C3

Hong Kong (香港)

Joshua Wong, democracy advocate, is sentenced in Hong Kong
香港民运领袖黄之锋被判监禁3个月
The New York Times, January 17, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/world/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-movement-joshua-wong.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180117/hong-kong-umbrella-movement-joshua-wong/

Related:
Magistrate who gave Occupy trio community service was lenient but within sentencing range, says chief justice
Hong Kong Free Press, January 16, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/16/magistrate-gave-occupy-trio-community-service-lenient-within-sentencing-range-says-chief-justice/

“Ever-greater influence from Beijing”: Hong Kong tumbles in int’l freedom index for third year running
Hong Kong Free Press, January 17, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/17/ever-greater-influence-beijing-hong-kong-tumbles-intl-freedom-index-third-year-running/

Related:
Human rights undermined in Hong Kong, says Ashdown
The Guardian, January 16, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/human-rights-undermined-in-hong-kong-says-ashcroft

中大發聲明反對港獨 港獨研究學會:暫未見行動打壓 (CUHK releases statement opposing Hong Kong independence; student group says there has been no suppression yet)
Mingpao, January 17, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180117/s00001/1516170538391

Related:
“No political considerations": HKU student council upholds disqualification of cabinet election hopefuls
Hong Kong Free Press, January 17, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/17/no-political-considerations-hku-student-council-upholds-disqualification-cabinet-election-hopefuls/

Pollution blankets Hong Kong on Wednesday, with air quality hitting very unhealthy levels in some parts
South China Morning Post, January 17, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2128649/air-quality-hong-kong-expected-hit-very-unhealthy

Agnes Chow’s Hong Kong self-determination calls “could get her barred from LegCo by-election”
South China Morning Post, January 16, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2128542/agnes-chow-more-likely-be-barred-hong-kong-legco-election

I don’t understand Chief Exec. Carrie Lam’s “new constitutional order,” says top lawyer Lawrence Lok
Hong Kong Free Press, January 16, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/16/i-dont-recognise-chief-exec-carrie-lams-new-constitutional-order-says-top-lawyer-lawrence-lok/

Commentary (评论)

A police state in Xinjiang in which moderate voices are silenced is not what China needs to achieve stability
South China Morning Post, January 17, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2128581/police-state-xinjiang-which-moderate-voices-are-silenced-not

不要讓想令這個城市變得更好的人孤單落伍 (Don’t let those who want to change the city for the better walk alone)
Inmediahk, January 17, 2018
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1054574

“面对共同敌人,和解好吗?”──谈香港民主运动的“败局困境” (Confronted by common enemy, democratic movement in Hong Kong faces prisoner dilemma)
The Initium, January 17, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180117-opinion-prisoner-dilemma/