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, September 01, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Lawyer Who Advised Churches in China Faces Secretive Detention
The New York Times, September 1, 2015

The work of lawyer Zhang Kai: “I have God as my backer”
China Change, August 31, 2015

失踪北京律师在温州“监居” 外界担心酷刑 (Disappeared Beijing lawyer under “residential surveillance” in Wenzhou, raises concern over possibility of torture)
Voice of America, September 1, 2015

人权组织呼吁立即释放财经记者王晓璐 (Human rights organizations urge for immediate release of Caijing reporter Wang Xiaolu)
Voice of America, September 1, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

Sensitive words: “Interview” with Xi’s first wife
China Digital Times, August 31, 2015

Journalist, market regulatory official confess to roles in alleged insider trading at Citic Securities
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2015

Chinese web users aren’t blaming detained journalist for market panic
Foreign Policy, August 31, 2015

China hopes censorship and patriotic netizens will make its WWII parade a global victory
Quartz, September 1, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese activist known for promoting KMT role in WWII disappears ahead of military parade
Hong Kong Free Press, August 31, 2015

腾格里工业园区系列污染环境案第三案开庭, 被告人对污染环境行为表示认罪 (Third in series of cases involving pollution of the Tengger Desert industrial zone commences, defendant pleads guilty to environmental pollution conduct)
Legal Daily, August 25, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Workers’ leader Xu Zhihui finally loses his battle with pneumoconiosis
China Labor Bulletin, August 31, 2015

Authorities issue anti-corruption rules for WWII anniversary amnesty
China Daily, September 1, 2015

After crash, China holds hundreds in stock market crackdown
Radio Free Asia, August 31, 2015

Is “disappearance” of top female hedge fund manager another sign Beijing is tightening its grip on volatile market?
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2015

武汉工业园违规生产致爆燃5人死 3人被刑拘 (Illegal production at Wuhan industrial park causes 5 deaths, 3 people criminally detained)
Xinhua News, September 1, 2015

山东一座化工厂发生爆炸 至少一人死亡 (At least 1 dead from Shandong chemical plant explosion)
Voice of America, September 1, 2015

Beijing says access to winter sports also a human right
Reuters, September 1, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Why it matters that the U.S. may sanction Chinese entities over cyber espionage
The Diplomat, September 1, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong: One year after 8.19
China Change, August 31, 2015


Gov’t fortifies Civic Square ahead of Occupy anniversary
Hong Kong Free Press, September 1, 2015

Beijing holding out olive branch for Hong Kong pan-democrats to develop “loyal opposition”, says think tank chief
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2015

17 Occupy activists charged with contempt over Mong Kok clearance urge judge to throw out case
South China Morning Post, September 1, 2015

HKU POP Survey on popularity of cross-strait political figures
Public Opinion Programme, HKU, August 25, 2015

Counterterrorism (反恐)

张苏军到西双版纳州检查指导反恐维稳工作 (Top MOJ official goes to Xishuangbanna to review and guide counterterrorism and stability maintenance work)
Yunnan Wang, August 31, 2015

市公安局举行反恐处突应急演练 (Ezhou city, Hubei, holds counterterrorism emergency response drills)
Ezhou government, August 31, 2015

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Human rights will loom large in Xi’s U.S. visit
Japan Times, September 1, 2015

记者被查 央视再度先“判”为快,法治何在? (CCTV again “prejudges” as another journalist is investigated—where is rule of law?)
Voice of America, September 1, 2015

中国需为死刑改革继续凝聚共识 (China needs further consensus for death penalty reform)
Financial Times, September 1, 2015

Badiucao: T-Shirt detention
China Digital Times, August 31, 2015

Dispatches: China’s shallow calls for accountability
Human Rights Watch, August 31, 2015