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.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese authorities detain and denounce rights lawyers
The New York Times, July 13, 2015

(From @ZhouFengSuo (1) Special Note: Many lawyers discourage colleague Yang Jinzhu form acting as defense counsel for Zhou Shifeng. Yang Jinzhu’s response: "It's my duty, I'm willing to risk my life to help." Yang himself has also found defense counsel.)

维权即“死磕”?中国维权律师处境恶化 (Human rights diehards? The deteriorating environment for China’s human rights lawyers)
Deutsche Welle, July 13, 2015

How support for a Chinese rights lawyer could have led to crackdown
Reuters, July 13, 2015

全国官媒围攻维权律师 80多人被约谈威胁噤声 法律界痛斥 (Eighty people silenced and threatened in new crackdown, legal profession censures official media’s attack on human rights lawyers)
Ming Pao, July 13, 2015

中国近百律师遭打压、威胁 官媒火力全开抨击维权律师 (Nearly 100 lawyers suppressed and threatened in China, state media openly attacks human rights lawyers)
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2015

China: Latest information on crackdown against lawyers and activists
Amnesty International, July 13, 2015

U.S. Calls on China to Free Detained Human Rights Advocates
Bloomberg Business, July 13, 2015

Calling for the U.S. government to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S.
We the People, July 11, 2015

为了5万元钱两男拐卖他人宝贝儿子 (Two men traffic baby boys for RMB 50,000)
Zhejiang Legal News, July 10, 2015

超过请求时效 申请国家赔偿败诉 (Application for state compensation in rape case fails after exceeding statute of limitations)
Sichuan Legal News, July 14, 2015

China: End two-tier travel system for Tibetans, others
Human Rights Watch, July 13, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

香港去年逾30记者遇袭 记协年度报告指新闻自由遭威胁之最 (Thirty journalists attacked last year in HK, Hong Kong Journalist Association’s annual report says press freedom facing unprecedented threat)
Radio Free Asia, July 13, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Top court official under inquiry for graft
China Daily, July 13, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

台湾香港关注中国大规模拘捕维权律师 (Taiwan, Hong Kong concerned about China’s large-scale crackdown on human rights lawyer)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 13, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

扰庭罪拟修改业界有争议, 立法应给予控辩审同等保护 (Proposed crime of “disrupting court” causes controversy in professional circles, legislation should provide equal protection for prosecution and defense)
Zhejiang Legal News, July 10, 2015