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 31, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China Focus: China adopts amendments to Criminal Law
Xinhua, August 29, 2015

People's Republic Of China Criminal Law Amendment (9) (English translation)
China Law Translate, August 31, 2015

China approves prisoner amnesty ahead of military parade to mark end of WWII, state media reports
South China Morning Post, August 29, 2015

Inland Chinese province hailed for passing nation’s first women’s labor law that takes into account effects of menopause
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2015

佛山维权人士陈启棠获准见律师案件再送检 (Foshan rights activist, Chen Qitang permitted to see lawyer, case again sent to procuratorate)
Radio Free Asia, August 29, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

China’s Communist Party silences former critic, the liberal Nanfang news group
South China Morning Post, August 30, 2015

China punishes 197 over stock market and Tianjin “rumors”
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 30, 2015

公安部部署专项打击整治网络谣言 依法查处编造传播谣言违法犯罪人员197人 关停网络账号165个 (Ministry of Public Security deploys dedicated attack on Internet rumors: 197 offenders investigated and punished for spreading rumors, 165 online accounts shut down in accordance with the law)
Xinhua, August 31, 2015

Arrested financial journalist apologizes for causing stock market rout
Hong Kong Free Press, August 31, 2015

Beijing battens down, cranks up propaganda ahead of war parade
Reuters, August 30, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Families of China's “disappeared” say country is a place of “fear and panic”
The Guardian, August 31, 2015

Relatives of recently disappeared lawyers and activists write a letter to China’s Minister of Public Security
China Change, August 29, 2015

失踪维权律师家属致函中国公安部长 (Families of missing rights lawyers write letter to China’s Minister of Public Security)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 30, 2015

台湾发起“一人一明信片”呼吁释放中国维权律师 (Taiwanese groups launch “one person, one postcard” campaign to urge release of China’s rights lawyers)
Voice of America, August 30, 2015

As Chinese manufacturing growth cools off, worker protest mounts
International Business Times, August 27, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China's top securities regulator vows legal action against rogue officials who abuse power to trade stocks
South China Morning Post, August 30, 2015

China investigates former chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel
Reuters, August 30, 2015

Behind deadly Tianjin blast, shortcuts and lax rules
The New York Times, August 30, 2015

Market turmoil? To Xi, another battle still comes first
The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

U.S. government “developing sanctions against Chinese companies for cyber theft of trade secrets”
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

Outgoing Hong Kong Legco chief warns “one country, two systems” will fall apart if Beijing keeps on interfering
South China Morning Post, August 30, 2015

Politician James Tien accuses CY Leung, Beijing of meddling with HKU council appointment
August 29, 2015

Protests and parades as Hong Kong marks 70th anniversary of Japan’s WWII surrender
Hong Kong Free Press, August 31, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

As the Communist Party wages a war on history, it would do well to examine its own
Hong Kong Free Press, August 30, 2015

Does China have a roadmap to eliminate corruption?
The Diplomat, August 29, 2015

Rethinking the Obama-Xi Summit
The Diplomat, August 31, 2015