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, January 19, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

European, U.S. and Australian lawyers call for China to end rights crackdown
The Guardian, January 18, 2016

China must end its intimidation and detention of human rights lawyers
The Guardian, January 18, 2016

Mass crackdown on Chinese lawyers and defenders
Human Rights in China, January 15, 2016

维权律师袁裕来赴台观大选被禁出境 斥当局做法背离依法治国 (Zhejiang Rights lawyer Yuan Yulai, prohibited from leaving mainland to observe Taiwan election, condemns authorities for violating pledge to “rule country by law”)
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2016

Members of petitioners group “Rose China” detained
ChinaChange, January 18, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

中国官媒强调台湾大选变天并非因为两岸关系 (Chinese state media stresses that changes in Taiwan’s political landscape following the presidential election are not caused by cross-strait relationship)
Radio France Internationale, January 18, 2016中国/20160118-中国官媒强调台湾大选变天并非因为两岸关系

国际记者联合会关注中国记者最新受迫害事件 (International Federation of Journalists expresses concern about China’s latest repression of journalists)
Voice of America, January 18, 2016

False emissions reporting undermines China's pollution fight
Reuters, January 17, 2016

China's health forum scandal and public mistrust
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 18, 2016

法资书店禁书寒风中独市卖中国政治书 (French owned bookstore remains the only seller of Chinese political titles during “banned books chill”)
Radio France Internationale, January 15, 2016中国/20160115-法资书店禁书寒风中独市卖中国政治书

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

北京街头市民谈台湾大选议民主 (Citizens in Beijing publicly discuss Taiwan presidential election and democracy)
Voice of America, January 17, 2016

China hands life jail term to petitioner after protest, scuffle
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2016

NGOs complain to gov't about “false” medical ads on Baidu forums
Caixin, January 15, 2016

China publishes “verified living Buddha” list
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 18, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ing-wen warns China after landslide victory
South China Morning Post, January 17, 2016

After vote, China tells Taiwan to abandon independence "hallucination"
Reuters, January 17, 2016

Indebted Chinese companies increase pressures on government
The New York Times, January 18, 2016

China has done more about pollution than you think (but it must do more)
The Diplomat, January 17, 2016

China to give illegally born children access to social welfare
The Telegraph, January 15, 2016

Calls to improve China’s work safety go unheeded in 2015
China Labor Bulletin, January 18, 2016

China charges dozen officials over deadly Shenzhen landslide
The New York Times, January 19, 2016

China’s search for dissidents has now expanded to foreign countries
Time, January 19, 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中国大陆网友对蔡英文当选的讨论被赶到了微信里 (Mainland Chinese netizens’ discussion of Tsai Ing-wen’s election forced to go on Weixin)
Radio France Internationale, January 17, 2016中国/20160117-中国大陆网友对蔡英文当选的讨论被赶到了微信里

Why Google quit China—and why it’s heading back
The Atlantic, January 19, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

Leung’s Policy Address: 48 Kowtows to Beijing whilst ignoring Hongkongers
Hong Kong Free Press, January 18, 2016

失踪香港书店老板惊现央视 北京被指欲盖弥彰 (Missing HK bookshop owner suddenly appears on CCTV, Beijing is criticized as “the one who excuses himself accuses himself”)
Radio France Internationale, January 18, 2016

Missing Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai paraded on China TV
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 18, 2016

Daughter of Hong Kong bookseller dismisses China state TV “confession”
The Guardian, January 18, 2016

Causeway Bay bookseller’s changing undershirt prompts questions online about his appearance on state television
South China Morning Post, January 18, 2016

Seven banned books: Published in Hong Kong, censored in China
Hong Kong Free Press, January 17, 2016

Chinese police confirm missing bookseller Lee Bo is in mainland, 17 days after HK enquiry
Hong Kong Free Press, January 19, 2016

【書店5人失蹤】程翔:李波離境方式違一國兩制 指家書必經審校排演 (Journalist Ching Cheong on disappearance of 5 booksellers: Circumstances of Lee Bo crossing the border violates One Country Two Systems, his letter home must have been edited and practiced)
Mingpao, January 19, 2016

Taiwan elections “unlikely to affect Hong Kong-mainland relations”
South China Morning Post, January 16, 2016

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

北京清大网站遭伊斯兰国组织黑客攻击 (Tsinghua University’s website attacked by ISIS hackers)
Radio France Internationale, January 18, 2016中国/20160118-北京清大网站遭伊斯兰国组织黑客攻击

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Why the elections in Taiwan matter so much – for Beijing, the region and the U.S.
South China Morning Post, January 15, 2016

Can old news shed light on the Gui Minhai case?
Medium, January 18, 2016

Case of Hong Kong bookseller’s disappearance may well drag on
South China Morning Post, January 18, 2016

Now you know the terror
China Change, January 17, 2016

The dilemma facing rights lawyers in China
Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2016