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.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China turns down parole bid from jailed Nobel Peace Laureate
Radio Free Asia, August 13, 2015

Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo receives permission for family visit in prison
Hong Kong Free Press, August 13, 2015

定远老妇不堪家暴杀死丈夫村民求轻判 (Elderly woman from Dingyuan kills husband in sleep after 40 years of domestic abuse, son and villagers petition for lenient sentence)
Anhui Financial Network, August 14, 2015

女子频遭家暴出走“再婚” 因犯重婚罪被判处拘役5个月 (Woman who fled frequent domestic abuse to remarry is detained for 5 months for violating bigamy laws)
Daqingwang, August 13, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

天津8.12大爆炸55死701傷 津警:網傳只峰背景是謠言 (Tianjin explosion: 55 dead, 701 injured, Tianjin police deny info that Ruihai Int’l Logistics’ legal representative Zhi Feng is son of Tianjin vice mayor)
South China Morning Post, August 14, 2015

Minitrue: media directives on Tianjin port explosions
China Digital Times, August 13, 2015

Inferno: The new rules of disaster management in authoritarian countries
The Economist, August 15, 2015

The Tianjin explosion, as chronicled on Chinese social media
The Diplomat, August 13, 2015

Netizen voices: volunteer 50 cent standards slipping
China Digital Times, August 13, 2015

Mapping the invisible scourge
The Economist, August 15, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

被抓律师今安在,有心民众盼回家 (Rights defenders call for vocal support from citizens inside china for lawyers’ release)
Voice of America, August 14, 2015

示威者聚集中国驻美使馆,抗议镇压维权律师 (Demonstrators gather at Chinese embassy in U.S. to protest crackdown on rights lawyers)
Voice of America, August 14, 2015

Courageous Voices 向强权说“不!”
Human Rights in China, August 13, 2015

Artist Ai Weiwei says China at “critical point”
Reuters, August 13, 2015

Dismay as church crosses removed in China
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 13, 2015

Hong Kong’s Cardinal John Tong issues “urgent appeal” against China cross removals
Hong Kong Free Press, August 13, 2015

NGOs, volunteer groups take pollution fight into their own hands
Caixin, August 13, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Obama is set to discuss rights issues with China
The New York Times, August 14, 2015

On-the-record briefing on the 19th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue
U.S. Department of State, August 13, 2015

HRIC Commentary: U.S.–China Human Rights Dialogue
Human Rights in China, August 12, 2015

中共中央印发《中国共产党巡视工作条例》 (CPC issues CPC Inspection Work Regulations)
Legal Daily, August 14, 2015

几乎所有冤案都有刑讯逼供——《财经》平冤系列报道之十 (Almost all wrongly decided cases involve torture: Caijing Righting Injustices Report Series No. 10)
Caijing Magazine, August 13, 2015

Former provincial official expelled from CPC
China Daily, August 14, 2015

Maoming Deputy Party Chief detained on graft allegations
Caixin, August 13, 2015

中国原国家旅游局副局长霍克被双开 (Huo Ke, China's former deputy director of tourism, expelled from Party for corruption)
Radio Free Asia, August 13, 2015

最高检依法决定对徐建一立案侦查 (SPP decides to prosecute [former FAW Corp chairman and NPC member] Xu Jianyi)
Legal Daily, August 14, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

OK Supercomputer: China’s Tianhe-1A shut down after Tianjin blast
The Wall Street Journal, August 14, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong convicts 2 in 2014 cleaver attack on journalist
The New York Times, August 13, 2015

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

太原南站发生砍人事件?警方:系反恐演习 (Was there a knife attack at Shanxi Taiyuan south train station? Police: No—it was counterterrorism training)
Legal Daily, August 13, 2014

China to intensify public security patrols
China Daily, August 13, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Hong Kong universities must uphold the absolute principle of academic freedom
South China Morning Post, August13, 2015

Is China on the cusp of change?
The Diplomat, August 14, 2015

Four questions Chinese people want answered after deadly Tianjin blast
Tea Leaf Nation, August 13, 2015