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, April 22, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Pro-democracy activist stands trial for subversion in China's Guangdong
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2016

律师申请旁听苏昌兰案 遭警告禁止前往 (Lawyer applies for sitting in Su Changlan’s hearing, warned and prohibited from entering)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2016

China urges local officials to help resolve grievances of “petitioners”
Reuters, April 21, 2016

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

广西百色法院调研环境保护诉讼发现, 环境诉讼费用制度影响公众参与积极 (Guangxi Baise Court investigation into environmental protection lawsuits finds litigation expenses affect public’s participation and enthusiasm)
Legal Daily, April 19, 2016

Strikes and protests by shop workers increase as retail competition heats up
China Labor Bulletin, April 21, 2016

Xi Jinping calls for greater tolerance of criticism online about China’s government...and comments about his remarks are barred or censored
习近平吁包容网民批评 官媒微博评论被删
South China Morning Post, April 21, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

贪污受贿罪数额的合理调整 (A rational adjustment of the volume of bribery and corruption crime)
People’s Courts Daily, April 19, 2016

听听律师真实的声音反馈, 天津检察长带队探讨构建新型检律关系 (Listening to genuine feedback from lawyers, Tianjin's Chief Procurator leads team to probe a new type of relationship between procuratorate and lawyers)
Legal Daily, April 19, 2016

近3年法院受理8万余贪贿案 (In the past 3 years, courts have handled more than 80,000 bribery cases)
Legal Daily, April 19, 2016

China official dealing with Taiwan to be prosecuted for “vile and severe” graft
Reuters, April 21, 2016

The return of correct thinking. To keep the party and public in line, Xi Jinping is using Marxist classics
The Economist, April 23, 2016

China's Xi Jinping takes commander in chief military title
习近平冠军事新头衔 迷彩服马赛克引围观
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 21, 2016

Hammer and shackle. To keep party members clean, officials try outing them
The Economist, April 23, 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

As Panama Papers scandal deepens, China targets offshore accounts in renewed Skynet crackdown on fugitive corrupt officials
South China Morning Post, April 22, 2016

Why one cybersecurity firm says China has soured on conventional hacking
Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong cabinet heavyweight caught up in Panama Papers row agrees on need for more transparency
South China Morning Post, April 21, 2016

China ignored info from HK gov’t on HK businessman “kidnapping”—report
Hong Kong Free Press, April 21, 2016

逾百人抗议《明报》炒执总 7团体发声明忧新闻自由 (Over a hundred protest Ming Pao’s dismissal of executive chief editor, 7 groups issue statement apprehensive for press freedom)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2016

中国2016《旅游绿皮书》 批香港政治因素产生负面影响 (China’s 2016 green paper of tourism criticizes Hong Kong’s political factors that bring negative impacts)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2016

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

鄂尔多斯市达旗公安局举行反恐演练 (Dalad Banner, Ordos City Public Security Bureau in Inner Mongolia holds counterterrorism exercises)
North News, April 19, 2016

芦山县公安局芦阳派出所举行反恐防暴培训 (Lushan County Public Security Bureau Lu Yang sub-station holds counterterrorism and riot-control training)
Sichuan News Online, April 19, 2016

恐怖主义威胁是把双刃剑, 可以巩固但也可能瓦解欧盟 (The threat of terrorism is a double-edged sword, it might strengthen or cause the collapse of E.U.)
FX678, April 19, 2016

China’s “dangerous love” campaign, warning of spies, is met with shrugs
The New York Times, April 22, 2016

Is China gearing up for another “people's war”?
The Diplomat, April 22, 2016