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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Sarcasm and “abusive language”: the remarks that led China to rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang's arrest
South China Morning Post, May 20, 2015

Statement by the Spokesperson on charges against Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang
European External Action Service, May 20, 2015

欧盟关注中国当局起诉维权律师浦志强 (The European Union concerned about Chinese authorities’ prosecution of rights defense lawyer Pu Zhiqiang)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 20, 2015

最高法院成立环境资源司法研究中心 (Supreme People’s Court establishes environmental resources judicial research center)
Legal Daily, May 20, 2015

温州80后女子不堪家庭暴力 半夜持刀砍死同居男友(China's first major domestic violence criminal case involving unmarried couple: a post-1980-generation woman in Wenzhou kills her live-in boyfriend after suffering domestic abuse )
Wenzhou Online, May 19, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

Foreign authors warned about book censorship in China
The Guardian, May 21, 2015

Liu Xiaobo is locked up in China, and locked out of the translation of a Paul Auster novel
The New York Times, May 21, 2015

美国作家团体:英文书中译版被擅自删改 (PEN American Center reports unauthorized content deletion from Chinese translations of English books)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 21, 2015

Censorship and conscience: foreign authors and the challenge of Chinese censorship
Pen American Center, May 20, 2015

Hackers leak files showing inner workings of “China's 50-cent army”
Radio Free Asia, May 21, 2015

Chinese military declares the internet an ideological “battleground”
The Diplomat, May 21, 2015

China to boost internet speeds amid move to purge “hostile forces”
The Financial Times, May 21, 2015

What’s up with the PLA?
China Media Project, May 21, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

专题 : 加强监控境外NGO政策被指大倒退 (Special topic: increased monitoring of overseas NGOs seen as a great setback)
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2015

Considering the foreign NGO law from the perspective of national security
Phoenix News, May 11, 2015

HRIC Law Note: Draft Law on Foreign NGOs Undermines Chinese Civil Society and China’s International Engagement
Human Rights in China, May 21, 2015

Feedback and Suggestions on the “Overseas NGO Management Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft)” (Second reading)
Anthony Spires (translated by China Development Brief), May 20, 2015

境外非政府组织管理法(草案二次审议稿)全文 (Overseas NGO Draft Law (2nd draft for review)) [Proposed Overseas NGO Draft Law now open for public comment]
The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China

Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei: “The State is scared”
Der Spiegel, May 20, 2015

China holds two activists linked to Heilongjiang shooting death
Radio Free Asia, May 21, 2015

These Chinese people want high-speed rail so badly they are fighting police to get it
Foreign Policy, May 19, 2015

拒发护照--中国打压异议的强力工具 (Denial of passports: A powerful tool to suppress dissent in China)
Deutsche Welle, May 21, 2015拒发护照-中国打压异议的强力工具/a-18463764

信息公开 引导公众参与环境保护(Open government information leads to public participation in environmental protection)
China Radio International, May 20, 2015


Environmental Protection Law of the People's Republic of China
The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China

河北回迁房烂尾300业主维权遭抓打 (Replacements for demolished buildings left unfinished in Hebei: 300 proprietors and activists protest, some beaten and picked up by police)
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

万能居委会无奈的背后:无法承受“100多项证明” (Neighborhood committees stymied by their responsibility to issue more than 100 kinds of proofs for residents)
Xinhua, May 21, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong's June 4 vigil will also support mainland Chinese arrested for supporting Occupy
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2015

Beijing official rules out any changes to 2017 election reform framework
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2015

Votes switch still on cards, claims Tang
HK Standard, May 21, 2015

Beijing's door is open for talks, says Zhang
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 20, 2015