Friday, March 09, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

最高法:认真落实习近平主席特赦令,特赦罪犯31527人 (Supreme People’s Court perfects legal protection of human rights and pardons 31,527 criminals following Xi’s order)
The Paper, March 9, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2023538

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周强:赞成宪法修正案草案 坚决遵守维护宪法 (Supreme People’s Court chief Zhou Qiang: “Sincerely supports constitutional amendments” that “meet the needs of the era” and “fulfils people’s expectations”)
Supreme People’s Court, March 7, 2018
http://www.court.gov.cn/zixun-xiangqing-83992.html

Sweden criticizes China's “unacceptable” behavior in detaining bookseller
The Guardian, March 9, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/09/sweden-china-unacceptable-behaviour-detaining-bookseller

黄琦拒绝认罪 检察院提刑期最高15年 (Huang Qi, founder of pro-democracy website, refuses to confess and faces 15 yrs in jail)
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-03082018103047.html

西藏流亡官方悼念拉萨起义死难者 (Exiled Tibetan gov mourns victims in 1989 Lhasa uprising)
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/dz-03082018114724.html

Interview: “I wanted her to be safe”
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/sister-03082018164727.html

China on track for “return to Mao Era" of ideological controls: analysts
习近平高调赞同修宪 评论指友好西方国家会重新评价
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/xijinping-control-03082018125136.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/xi-03082018084642.html

Xi Jinping's latest tag: living Buddhist deity, Chinese official says
Reuters, March 8, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-parliament-xi-boddhisatva/xi-jinpings-latest-tag-living-buddhist-deity-chinese-official-says-idUSKCN1GK0V6

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Xi Jinping is using his growing authority to amass even more
The Economist, March 8, 2018
https://www.economist.com/news/china/21738333-hopes-bold-economic-reforms-look-forlorn-xi-jinping-using-his-growing-authority-amass

38位文艺界委员联合提案:制定保护国格与民族尊严专门法 (38 CPPCC members propose legislation to protect national dignity and severely punish Chinese citizens promoting Japanese militarism, insulting national heroes and martyrs)
China Youth Daily, March 8, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2022747

Access to Information (信息公开)

Weibo whack-a-mole
China File, March 8, 2018
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/media/weibo-whack-mole

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

"Feminist Five" activist on #MeToo's impact in China
Cable News Network, March 8, 2018
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2018/03/08/newsstream-metoo-china-stout-wei.cnn

番禺手袋厂数百工人连续四天罢工 (Hundreds of handbag factory workers in Guangdong strike for 4 days)
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-03082018103113.html

中国大学生“妇女节”前挂“删掉”、“期限”内容横幅 (Chinese university students put up banners with innuendo about Constitution amendments in protest)
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/zhengzhi/yl-03082018102737.html

媽媽站起來 (Mum, stand up)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 6, 2018
http://bit.ly/2tsCrI9

Government Accountability (政府问责)

We followed a Chinese couple on their annual 1,000-mile journey to see their kids
Vice News, March 9, 2018
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/xw59g3/what-chinese-new-year-largest-migration-on-earth-is-like

批中梵協議荒謬 陳日君:送更多人進入鳥籠 (Joseph Zen slams Vatican-China deal, calling it ridiculous and will send more people into “birdcage”)
Inmediahk, March 9, 2018
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055627a/

樓繼偉警告社保制度已經入不敷支 (Former head of Ministry of Finance warns social security runs behind expenses)
i-Cable News, March 8, 2018
http://bit.ly/2Ib2Rl0

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

贵州检察院检察长:大数据让司法公正看得见摸得着 (Guizhou procuratorate chief: Big Data serves justice, makes it more accessible)
The Beijing News, March 9, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/wevideo/2018/03/09/478375.html

China’s answer to Silicon Valley: too much talk and not enough action, official complains
South China Morning Post, March 9, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2136428/greater-bay-area-project-needs-state-leader-helm-or-itll-be

The uncomfortable marriage between China and its tech giants
The Wall Street Journal, March 8, 2018
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-godfathers-of-chinese-tech-get-an-offer-they-cant-refuse-1520510404

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

China not trying to “replace America,” foreign minister says
Agence France-Presse, March 9, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/09/china-not-trying-replace-america-foreign-minister-says/

”No back-room deals, everything is transparent”: China defends belt and road investments
South China Morning Post, March 9, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2136438/no-back-room-deals-everything-transparent-china-defends

Hong Kong (香港)

Edward Yiu needs high turnout rate, pan-dem and localists’ votes to win Kowloon West
Hong Kong Free Press, March 9, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/09/edward-yiu-needs-high-turnout-rate-pan-dem-localists-votes-win-kowloon-west/

Related:
Hong Kong votes in “de facto referendum” on Beijing intervention
Financial Times, March 9, 2018
https://www.ft.com/content/6bec6cd8-2341-11e8-ae48-60d3531b7d11

駱應淦:應修例澄清自決準則 DQ前諮詢提名顧問會 (Lawrence Lok S.C says HK government should clarify definition of self-determination, consult with Nomination Advisory Committees before disqualifying candidates)
Citizen News, March 9, 2018
https://goo.gl/qHEDCU

Related:
Cancel Hong Kong’s by-election and reinstate disqualified lawmakers, UK-based watchdog urges
Hong Kong Free Press, March 8, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/08/cancel-hong-kongs-election-reinstate-disqualified-lawmakers-uk-based-watchdog-urges/

高齡海嘯來襲香港,「虐老院」就是我們的未來居所嗎? (Hong Kong faces “ageing tsunami”: Is living in “elderly torture houses” our future?)
The Initium, March 9, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180309-hongkong-who-care-for-elderly-04/

Commentary (评论)

工人權益 日日退步 (Retreating labor rights)
Mingpao, March 9, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180309/s00022/1520515649651

逆權事業 全民有責 (Everyone has a responsibility to defend rights)
Mingpao, March 9, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20180309/s00012/1520531844815

Reversing reform
China File, March 8, 2018
http://www.chinafile.com/library/excerpts/reversing-reform

China: Allow UN rights experts into Tibet
Human Rights Watch, March 8, 2018
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/08/china-allow-un-rights-experts-tibet