The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

成为笑柄的浦志强案起诉书 (Pu Zhiqiang’s indictment becomes a laughingstock)
[Pages 1-3 contain Pu Zhiqiang’s indictment; pages 4-7 contain Pu’s previous weibo posts compiled by unknown sources. It is unclear whether these pages are part of the official indictment dossier.]
Outside the building (外场楼), May 20, 2015

微博成罪证 浦志强被定煽动民族仇恨罪 (Pu Zhiqiang’s weibo posts used as evidence for charge of “inciting ethnic hatred”)
Mingpao, May 16, 2015

China releases rights lawyer, Pu Zhiqiang's niece, “on bail”
浦志强外甥女屈振红被取保 民众热议微博屏蔽
Radio Free Asia, May 19, 2015

杨金柱律师因公布“聂树斌案”材料 被律协立案调查 (Lawyer Yang Jinzhu investigated for publishing materials on the Nie Shubin case)
Boxun, May 20, 2015

Quest for retrial: court holds novel hearing on Nie Shubin case
Duihua, May 19, 2015

Related commentary:
彭劲秀:聂树斌是否遭受刑讯逼供探疑 (Peng Jinxiu: Did Nie Shubin confess under torture?), May 15, 2015

女民工命丧派出所案民警否认违法 称行为不文明 (Police, denying unlawful conduct, say female migrant worker who died in their custody was “uncivilized”)
China Central Television, May 19, 2015

山西太原法院審理周秀雲討薪死亡案 (Taiyuan Court in Shanxi hears case of Zhou Xiuyun, a migrant worker who met an “unnatural death”)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 18, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

PLA Daily warns of Internet's revolutionary potential
Xinhua, May 20, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

境外非政府组织 管理立法影响的不仅仅是NGO (Overseas NGO management legislation would not only affect NGOs)
China Philanthropy Times, May 18, 2015

Environmental trial tests Beijing’s nerve on pollution
The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2015

China's extraordinary “nail houses” show the government doesn't get its own way all the time
The Independent, May 20, 2015

维权人士“屠夫”遭江西警方抓捕 (Rights defender Tu Fu detained by Jiangxi police)
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2015

维权人士屠夫江西被抓网友质疑遭报复 (Netizens suspect rights defender Tu Fu’s detention in Jiangxi is act of reprisal)
Voice of America, May 19, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese President Xi Jinping demands loyalty from state security agencies
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2015

China's graft-busters tighten regulations on cadres' banquets
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China's President Xi calls for soft approach in online policing
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2015

China vows hefty investment to improve Internet services
Xinhua News, May 19, 2015

Have China and Russia agreed not to attack each other in cyberspace?
The Diplomat, May 20, 2015

U.S. charges six Chinese citizens with espionage
Al Jazeera, May 20, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

Corporate voting in proposed Hong Kong nominating committee won't be abolished, Beijing official says
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2015

Leading columnists purged at Hong Kong’s paper of record
Asia Sentinel, May 20, 2015

黃成智:若有少許能力人士不為政改做點功夫將後悔 (Democratic Party Wong Sing-chi: even if a few people with power or influence do not make an effort in face of the reform package, they will regret it)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 20, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Good start by mainland in fight against police abuse of power
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2015

Beijing and Hong Kong don’t trust each other, making political reform almost impossible
The Nanfang, May 18, 2015

Ma Jun: China has reached its environmental tipping point
The Guardian, May 20, 2015

中国女权主义的觉醒 (China’s feminist awakening)
The New York Times, May 18, 2015