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.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

湖南律师蔡瑛长沙出境被阻止 (Hunan lawyer Cai Ying blocked from leaving China)
Radio Free Asia, August 17, 2015

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

Access to Information (信息公开)

China cracks down on websites accused of spreading “rumors” about the Tianjin blast
Vice, August 18, 2015

(国家网信办依法查处50家传播涉天津港火灾爆炸事故谣言网站 (The Cyberspace Administration of China investigates 50 websites for spreading rumors about the Tianjin explosion)
People’s Daily, August 15, 2015

Authorities suppress “right to know” about Tianjin explosions
Reporters without Borders, August 18, 2015,48237.html

公安部“净网行动”清理网上违法信息19万余条 (Ministry of Public Security: “Cleaning the Internet” initiative has cleared 190,000 pieces of illegal information online)
Xinhua, August 18, 2015

Chinese police arrest 15,000 for Internet crimes
Reuters, August 18, 2015

Chinese paper promises there will be no Tianjin blast cover-up. Why nobody believes It.
Washington Post, August 17, 2015

太原女子微信疯传“恐怖分子来晋”谣言被查处 (Taiyuan woman investigated for posting crazy rumor on Weibo about “terrorists advancing”)
China News, August 17, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

After Tianjin blasts, people demand action
Voice of America, August 17, 2015

Beijing “encircled by security checkpoints” ahead of war anniversary parade
Radio Free Asia, August 17, 2015

Nomad mother calls out for Tibetan freedom, is detained
Radio Free Asia, August 17, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Tianjin blasts shake public confidence in leadership, analysts say
South China Morning Post, August 17, 2015

Confusion mounts over Tianjin warehouse ownership
The Financial Times, August 17, 2015

天津爆炸事故"头七"祭 瑞海多名高层被控制 (“First 7 days” of Tianjin explosion: residents and rescuers hold memorials for victims, 10 senior-level of Ruihai employees are under police control)
Deutsche Welle, August 18, 2015

天津爆炸中的受损房屋,谁赔?(Tianjin explosion: who will pay for the damaged houses?)
Caijing, August 17, 2015

天津爆炸受损市民户数超过1.7万 (Tianjin explosion: residents of damaged homes exceed 17,000)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 18, 2015

Former Chinese power company boss goes on trial on corruption charges
South China Morning Post, August 18, 2015

Shanxi arrests four ex-party officials for graft
The Standard, August 17, 2015

China dismisses warning about agents operating secretly in U.S.
The New York Times, August 17, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Expert tips: How to follow cybersecurity
Foreign Policy, August 17, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

Six challenges to Hong Kong’s judicial independence
Hong Kong Free Press, August 17, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Without transparency, probe into Tianjin blasts will yield few answers
South China Morning Post, August 18, 2015

Rooting out PLA corruption is helping Xi Jinping to build his power base
South China Morning Post, August 17, 2015

Scaling China’s Great Firewall
The New York Times, August 18, 2015