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, August 05, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China's top prosecutor's office issues test rules to tackle prolonged detentions
South China Morning Post, August 4, 2015
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1846594/chinas-top-prosecutors-office-issues-test-rules-tackle

Related:
最高检紧盯超期羁押和久押不决 (Supreme People's Procuratorate keeping close watch on prolonged detentions)
The Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China, August 3, 2015
http://www.spp.gov.cn/xwfbh/wsfbt/201508/t20150804_102456.shtml

Beijing extends detention of top rights lawyer amid ongoing crackdown
Radio Free Asia, August 4, 2015
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/extends-08042015121903.html

Related:
Mass suppression of lawyers reveals true nature of Xi’s “rule by law”
对维权律师的大规模镇压揭示了习近平“依法治国”的真实面目
Human Rights in China, July 16, 2015
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/en/mass-crackdown-chinese-lawyers-and-defenders
CH: http://hrichina.org/chs/zhong-guo-da-gui-mo-zhen-ya-wei-quan-lu-shi-he-huo-yue-ren-shi

Access to Information (信息公开)

Only six Chinese city governments out of nearly 300 in transparency survey reveal debt levels
South China Morning Post, August 4, 2015
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1846414/only-six-chinese-city-governments-out-nearly-300

China says Uighurs attacked officials
Taipei Times, August 5, 2015
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2015/08/05/2003624680

China: proposed cybersecurity law will bolster censorship
Human Rights Watch, August 4, 2015
https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/08/04/china-proposed-cybersecurity-law-will-bolster-censorship

China to tighten grip over country’s internet users
The Financial Times, August 5, 2015
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d9637c2c-3b52-11e5-bbd1-b37bc06f590c.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3hwBszWTU

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China detains seven Christians opposed to removal of cross from church
South China Morning Post, August 4, 2015
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1846503/

China egg freezing ban sparks massive debate online
中國禁止女性冷凍卵子引發網絡熱議
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 4, 2015
EN: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33770728
CH: http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/china/2015/08/150804_chinese_women_frozen_eggs

Hundreds protest job losses at Apple supplier factory in China's Jiangsu
Radio Free Asia, August 4, 2015
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/losses-08042015134346.html

China’s Winter Olympic theme sounds familiar, and netizens won’t “let it go”
The Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2015
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/08/04/chinas-winter-olympics-theme-song-strikes-a-familiar-chord/

Related:
京冬奧歌神似Let It Go惹抄襲爭議 宣傳片最後加“冰雪元素” (Similarity of Beijing Winter Olympic theme song to “Let It Go” stirs debate over plagiarism)
South China Morning Post, August 5, 2015
http://www.nanzao.com/tc/national/14efc9ad1ec03cb/jing-dong-ao-ge-shen-si-letitgo-re-chao-xi-zheng-yi-xuan-chuan-pian-zui-hou-jia-bing-xue-yuan-su-

Government Accountability (政府问责)

37天擒下8名高官 中国再掀一波“打虎”高潮
Xinhua: eight high ranking officials arrested in the past 37 days
Xinhua, August 5, 2015
CH:http://news.xinhuanet.com/legal/2015-08/01/c_128081609.htm
EN:http://chinascope.org/main/content/view/7336/106/

China's anti-corruption fight turns toward environmental agency
The Diplomat, August 5, 2015
http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/chinas-anti-corruption-fight-turns-toward-environmental-agency/

Video: The costs behind the Winter Olympics
Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2015
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/08/04/video-the-costs-behind-the-winter-olympics/

Related:
With China, IOC Turns Its Back on Human Rights
Human Rights in China, July 31, 2015
http://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/statement/china-ioc-turns-its-back-human-rights

HRIC Urges IOC to Postpone Host City Election for 2022 Olympics
中国人权敦促国际奥委会推迟选举2022年冬奥会主办城市
Human Rights in China, July 28, 2015
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/statement/hric-urges-ioc-postpone-host-city-election-2022-olympics
CH: http://www.hrichina.org/chs/xin-wen-gong-zuo/sheng-ming/zhong-guo-ren-quan-dun-cu-guo-ji-ao-wei-hui-tui-chi-xuan-ju-2022nian

3中國人經瑞士走私262公斤象牙 或面臨巨額罰款 (3 Chinese who smuggled 262kg of ivory through Switzerland to face heavy penalties)
South China Morning Post, August 5, 2015
http://www.nanzao.com/tc/international/14efb995c3d97b9/3-zhong-guo-ren-jing-rui-shi-zou-si-262-xiang-ya-huo-mian-lin-ju-e-fa-kuan

Hong Kong (香港)

Hongkongers' negativity over freedom and prosperity is lowest in a decade, HKU poll finds
港大民研:港法治评分跌至11年新低 自由繁荣跌幅明显
South China Morning Post, August 4, 2015
EN: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1846641/significantly-less-positive-hongkongers-most
CH: http://www.nanzao.com/sc/hk-macau-tw/14efc7cc89811d5/gang-da-min-yan-gang-fa-zhi-ping-fen-die-zhi-11-xin-di-zi-you-fan-rong-die-fu-ming-xian

Student leader Joshua Wong presents vision for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement
Hong Kong Free Press, August 4, 2015
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/08/04/student-leader-joshua-wong-presents-vision-for-hong-kongs-pro-democracy-movement/

Home return permit required for Hong Kong v China football match tickets amid “booing” controversy
Hong Kong Free Press, August 4, 2015
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/08/04/home-return-permit-required-for-hong-kong-v-china-football-match-tickets-amid-booing-controversy/

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

China appeals for U.S. help to fight Xinjiang militants
中国要求美国支持和配合中国打击“东突”势力
Reuters, August 5, 2015
EN: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/05/us-china-usa-security-idUSKCN0QA07O20150805
CH: http://cn.reuters.com/article/2015/08/05/us-cn-idCNKCS0QA0EK20150805

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

China’s schools are testing factories. Why is Britain so keen to copy them?
The Guardian, August 4, 2015
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/04/china-schools-testing-britain-copy-government-pupils

Is this man China's next leader?
The Diplomat, August 3, 2015
http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/is-this-man-chinas-next-leader/

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