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, December 05, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Supporters issue statement after lawyer disappears
China Digital Times, November 29, 2016

Nie Shubin: China clears man 21 years after execution
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 2, 2016

Interview: “They humiliate you, and treat you like animals, worse than a dog”
Radio Free Asia, December 2, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

“Speech is freedom itself”—Chang Ping’s acceptance speech for the CJFE 2016 International Press Freedom Award
China Change, December 4, 2016

Chinese local police may soon be able to censor news of disasters
South China Morning Post, December 2, 2016

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国维权律师李和平的妻子获人权奖 (Wang Qiaoling, Chinese rights lawyer Li Heping’s wife, receives the Franco-German Human Rights Prize)
Deutsche Welle, December 2, 2016中国维权律师李和平的妻子获人权奖/a-36617455

How many tragedies must there be before the union starts doing its job?
China Labor Bulletin, December 2, 2016

China's rebellious Catholics
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 2, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s top graft-buster says two party officials absent from key meeting “accountable for systemic corruption”
South China Morning Post, December 2, 2016

China’s local governments call time on tradition of heavy drinking at official functions
South China Morning Post, December 4, 2016

Former Chinese central bank chief resurfaces after 18 months
South China Morning Post, December 4, 2016

Trump, Taiwan and China: The controversy, explained
The New York Times, December 3, 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Russia, China, and the push for “digital sovereignty”
Global Voices, December 2, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

Resisting dissolution: The stalemate between Hong Kong civil society and China’s central government
Hong Kong Free Press, December 4, 2016

Hong Kong government seeks to bar four more MPs
The Guardian, December 2, 2016

陳弘毅:覆核規模較想像大 (Legal scholar Albert Chen Hung-yee on the judicial review: The scale is larger than I imagined)
Sing Tao, December 2, 2016陳弘毅:覆核規模較想像大/

【宣誓覆核】指中共打壓工具多 羅冠聰稱不驚訝政治生涯被縮短 ([Legal challenge to oath-taking] Nathan Law: The Communist Party has many ways of oppression; wouldn’t be surprised if political career is cut short)
Ming Pao, December 3, 2016

這是政變,推翻立法會選舉結果的政變 (Civil Human Rights Front’s statement in protest of legal challenge to elected lawmakers’ oath-taking: This is a coup—one that seeks to overthrow LegCo election results)
InMedia HK, December 2, 2016

Why Hong Kongers are calling for independence
Hong Kong Free Press, December 5, 2016

Hong Kong officials widen legal attack on fledgling independence movement
Reuters, December 2, 2016

“They want us to be silent”: Hong Kong lawmaker under threat vows to fight
Cable News Network, December 5, 2016

民族感情蓋過破壞法治憂慮:釋法支持反對相若 (Nationalism overshadows worries about infringed rule of law: For and against NPC interpretation of Basic Law roughly the same level)
Radio France Internationale, December 5, 2016中國/20161205-民族感情蓋過破壞法治憂慮:釋法支持反對相若

Commentary (评论)

The intersection of Chinese law and politics
ChinaFile, November 30, 2016

Rebel Pepper (变态辣椒): Delayed justice
China Digital Times, December 2, 2016

The government’s purge of the legislature is appalling—Hong Kong’s courts must stand firm
Hong Kong Free Press, December 5, 2016