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, August 17, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China's embattled lawyers
British Broadcasting Corporation, Newshour Extra, August 15, 2015

Mass suppression of lawyers reveals true nature of Xi’s “rule by law”
Human Rights in China, July 16, 2015

重庆拟出台遗体和人体器官捐献条例 买卖器官最高可处交易额十倍罚款 (Chongqing drafts corpse and human organ donation regulations, highest fine for trafficking organs is 10 times the value of transaction )
Legal Daily, August 17, 2015

公安监管部门出台系列措施保障律师会见权 律师看守所会见一般半小时内安排 (Ministry of public security supervisory department proposes a series of measures to ensure lawyers' rights to access clients, lawyers can usually arrange a meeting at a detention center within half an hour)
Legal Daily, August 17, 2015

Shanghai Minhang District Detention Center Chief Hong Ge: “At present, aside from meeting with suspects in 3 types of cases, including endangering state security, which requires the approval of investigating authorities, in other cases, as long as the suspect is not hospitalized or going through pre-trial procedures with investigating authorities, defense lawyers possessing ‘3 forms of documentation’ can normally arrange a meeting within half an hour.”

银川人大常委会废止4项法规 (Yinchuan abolishes juvenile protection regulations, construction management regulations, budgetary oversight regulations, and private medical facilities regulations on the basis that they conflict with superior laws)
Legal Daily, August 17, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

爆炸涉事企业安评公司遭质疑 因信息公开被表扬 (An Ping, company involved in Tianjin explosions is under suspicion but is praised for making its safety assessment report public)
China Youth Daily, August 17, 2015

China’s censors scramble to contain online fallout after Tianjin blast
The Wall Street Journal, August 14, 2015

Chinese media accuse authorities of lack of transparency after Tianjin explosions
The Telegraph, August 17, 2015

“There'll be no cover-up over Tianjin blasts”, says Communist Party mouthpiece, as death toll rises to 114
South China Morning Post, August 17, 2015

Interference with foreign journalists covering the Tianjin explosion
Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, August 15, 2015

Video: The songs China doesn't want you to hear
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 17, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Public anger grows as China confirms hundreds of tonnes of cyanide were held at blast-hit port of Tianjin
South China Morning Post, August 17, 2015

天津爆炸现场附近居民促政府回购房屋 (Residents near Tianjin explosion urge government to buy back their properties)
Deutsche Welle, August 16, 2015天津爆炸现场附近居民促政府回购房屋/a-18652011

Buy our ruined homes, Tianjin explosion victims tell Chinese government
South China Morning Post, August 16, 2015

天津爆炸中失踪消防员家属举行抗议 (Families of missing firemen hold protest)
Voice of America, August 17, 2015

Protests as U.S. calls for release of detained Chinese rights lawyers
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2015

Bloggers ridicule Chinese film placing Mao Zedong at key wartime conference
The Guardian, August 17, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

天津爆炸事故善后难 (Relief and rehabilitation for Tianjin explosion will be difficult)
Financial Times, August 17, 2015

李克强:要彻查追责,给遇难者家属和历史一个交代 (Li Keqiang: Thorough accountability for victims' families and for history)
People's Daily, August 17, 2015

天津大爆炸:总理李克强要求彻查追责 (Tianjin explosion: PM Li Keqiang demands thorough accountability)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 16, 2015

Chinese prosecutors announce probe into deadly warehouse blasts
Deutsche Welle, August 16, 2015

Son of former Tianjin police chief linked to company behind explosions
Hong Kong Free Press, August 17, 2015

China says human rights should not dominate U.S. ties
Reuters, 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

U.S. tells China to stop using agents to force expatriates to return home
The Telegraph, August 16, 2015

China's financial regulators urged to promote transparency, reduce complexity
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2015

Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao’s former aide sacked for “corrupting others”
South China Morning Post, August 14, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese hackers attack University of Virginia email, cause IT shutdown, August 14, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

C.Y. Leung spends birthday in mainland China amid protests in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, August 13, 2015

Video: Student leader Joshua Wong shares Occupy experience at Venice summit
Hong Kong Free Press, August 13, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

天津爆炸击碎了中国中产阶级的“正常国家幻觉” (The Tianjin explosion has shattered the Chinese middle class’s "illusion of a normal country")
Qiangwailou, August 17, 2015

He Xiaoxin: How far can I go? And how much can I do?
China Digital Times, August 15, 2015

观察:谁在主导天津大爆炸的调查方向 (Observation: Who is maneuvering direction of Tianjin explosion investigation)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 17, 2015

You’ve got candles, I’ve got a whip
China Change, August 16, 2015

点评中国:天津爆炸——一个时代的终结 (China commentary: Tianjin explosion—The end of an era)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 17, 2015

Authorities must act now to prevent future deadly disasters
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2015

生育政策改革的“前生后世” (The past and the future of birth control policy)
People's Daily, August 17, 2015

中国传媒大学女生被同学杀害案的反思——让男孩子尊重异性的性别教育太缺乏了 (Reflections on China Media University female student killed by her classmate—gender education in China that gets young men to respect the opposite sex is lacking)
China Youth Daily, August 17, 2015

In China, single women live by their own rules
The New York Times, August 14, 2015