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 21, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Police prevent top Chinese rights attorneys from leaving the country
律师出境受阻再增一人 梁小军机场被拦
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2015

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

Beijing court extends detention of top rights lawyer by three months
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2015

Beijing court to hear suit over texts calling homosexuality an illness
The New York Times, August 20, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese media and the Tianjin disaster
China Media Project, August 20, 2015

Disclosure on pollution improves but major gaps remain
China Dialogue, August 20, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese netizens mock global city rankings
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 20, 2015

Uncivil society: A new draft law spooks foreign not-for-profit groups working in China
The Economist, August 22, 2015

HRIC Law Note: Draft Law on Foreign NGOs Undermines Chinese Civil Society and China’s International Engagement
Human Rights in China, May 21, 2015

War veterans’ protest shuts down part of Guangdong city
Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Officials backtrack on refusal to buy flats in Tianjin blast zone
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2015

当局承诺“受损房屋需回购的一定回购” (Authorities promise: Damaged homes in need of repurchase will definitely be repurchased)
Deutsche Welle, August 20, 2015

China's leaders vow to severely punish officials responsible for Tianjin's deadly blasts
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2015

Poisonous connections: The explosions exposed murky links between business and government
The Economist, August 22, 2015

Chinese authorities investigate mass fish death near Tianjin explosion site
The Guardian, August 21, 2015

Tianjin explosion erodes faith in leadership for many in China
Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2015

Xi Jinping's reforms encounter “unimaginably fierce resistance”, Chinese state media says in “furious” commentary
South China Morning Post, August 21, 2015

中纪委立案审查令政策严重违纪 (CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection investigates Ling Zhengce for serious discipline violations)
Radio France Internationale, August 21, 2015

How General used his military service to amass fortune
Caixin, August 21, 2015

党政干部损害生态环境 追责谁执行?——四问《党政领导干部生态环境损害责任追究办法(试行)(Who investigates when Party and government cadres harm the ecological environment?—4 questions on the “Measures for Investigating Responsibility of Party and Leading Government Cadres for Harm to the Ecological Environment” (trial draft) )
Sichuan Legal News, August 20, 2015

党政领导干部生态环境损害责任追究办法(试行)(Measures for Investigating Responsibility of Party and Leading Government Cadres for Harm to the Ecological Environment (trial draft))
General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, August 8, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

明星受聘公安局?新昌警方:代言通讯诈骗防范 (A movie star hired by police? Xinchang police hire spokesperson to help raise awareness of communications fraud prevention)
Zhejiang Legal News, August 20, 2015

Chinese hackers target Indian institutions
The Financial Times, August 20, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

香港学运领袖被“秋后算账” 美国务院呼吁公平处理 (“Scores settled” for Hong Kong student leaders, U.S. Department of State calls for fair process)
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

China’s deadly Tianjin explosions show the limits of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive
Quartz, August 19, 2015

VOA专访周锋锁 第五部分 (VOA interview with Zhou Fengsuo: Part 5)
Voice of America, August 20, 2015

A Chinese rights revolution reversed?
The Diplomat, August 20, 2015