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, November 06, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

蚌埠城管拆违建被村民围攻致死案开审, 助威者是否构成共同犯罪成庭审焦点 (Trial of beating death of Bengbu City Chengguan [city law enforcement officer] by villagers commences, focal point is whether those cheered the attack are also criminally liable)
Legal Daily, November 5, 2015

精神病犯人的世界, 实地探秘阳江监狱 (The world of mentally ill prisoners, on-site exploration of Yangjiang prison)
Guangzhou Daily, November 5, 2015

China and the “Magna Carta moment”
The Diplomat, November 5, 2015

Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers and Defenders
Human Rights in China, October 30, 2015

Housing activists sentenced for “picking quarrels”
China Digital Times, November 5, 2015

Access to Information (信息公开)

Top editor of Chinese tabloid Global Times defends patriotism in new talk show
Global Voices, November 6, 2015

Hong Kong journalists plead guilty to running illegal publication business in mainland China
South China Morning Post, November 6, 2015

Hong Kong Free Press falls foul of Great Firewall, blocked in China
Hong Kong Free Press, November 6, 2015

With historic Ma-Xi summit, Chinese state media walks a fine line
China File, November 5, 2015

China wants to tap big data to build a bigger brother
Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2015

By accepting Chinese censorship of domains, registry invites more
Electronic Frontier Foundation, November 4, 2015

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

张六毛事件持续引发外界关注 数百公民联署追问真相 (Zhang Liumao’s death in custody continues to raise attention, several hundred join signature campaign to seek truth)
Radio Free Asia, November 5, 2015

联署加入广东张六毛广州三看死亡案公民监督团 (Signature campaign of civil supervision group regarding Guangdong activist Zhang Liumao’s death inside Guangzhou Third Detention Center)
Civil supervision group regarding Zhang Liumao’s death in custody, November 4, 2015

Collective action gets Guangzhou sanitation workers direct employment contracts
China Labor Bulletin, November 5, 2015

首届中国论坛 陈光诚获颁自由奖 (Chen Guangcheng receives Truman-Regan Medal of Freedom at the first China Forum at U.S. Library of Congress)
Voice of America, November 6, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

德总理默克尔向李克强提及高瑜 (German Chancellor Merkel talks about detained journalist Gao Yu to China PM Li Keqiang)
Radio Free Asia, November 3, 2015

违法强拆后的索赔困境 (The challenge of seeking compensation after unlawful demolitions)
Jilin Online, November 5, 2015

“猎狐2015”专项行动取得阶段性重大战果, 今年已抓获各类外逃人员627名 (Special operation "Fox Hunt 2015” achieves major victories step-by-step, this year 627 foreign fugitives have been caught)
Legal Daily, November 5, 2015

张建南在全国法院纪检监察工作座谈会上强调, 聚焦主责主业用好问责“杀手锏”(Zhang Jiannan at National Conference on Supervision and Discipline Inspection Work of Courts: We should focus on our primary responsibilities and key work, and appropriately use the “lethal weapon” of accountability)
Legal Daily, November 5, 2015

国家发改委再向药品采购领域“开刀”, 川浙卫计委滥用权力排除竞争被查 (The State NDRC once again “performs an operation” on the pharmaceutical procurements field, Sichuan and Zhejiang Health and Family Commissions under investigation for abusing power to eliminate competition)
Legal Daily, November 5, 2015

Historic meeting between China's Xi Jinping and Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou a stepping stone to building a bridge for future talks
South China Morning Post, November 6, 2015

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

富民城区接处警视频巡查同步联动 (Yunnan's Fumin County urban area gets synchronized video monitoring for police work)
Legal Daily, November 5, 2015

以民主立法推进实名制落地 (Use democratic legislation to promote on-the-ground implementation of real-name registration [for the courier system])
Legal Daily, November 5, 2015

Hong Kong (香港)

銅鑼灣書店老闆泰國失蹤 傳被中方捉走 (Owner of HK Causeway Bay bookstore that often publishes sensitive books is reported missing in Thailand, allegedly taken away by Chinese authorities)
Apple Daily, November 6, 2015

Judge “concerned” over Hong Kong University's gag order as city's media prepare to fight for press freedom
South China Morning Post, November 6, 2015

Put it to a vote: HKU staff, teachers and students demand explanation why Johannes Chan was rejected for managerial post
South China Morning Post, November 5, 2015

Counterterrorism (反恐)

Remote control. The government in Xinjiang is trying to limit Muslim births
The Economist, November 7,2015