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.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese activist “Super Vulgar Butcher” faces subversion trial
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2017

Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers and Defenders
Human Rights in China, June 10, 2016

China: Limited victory for man in transgender dismissal case
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 3, 2017

Problems remain in China’s death-penalty system even after reforms
Caixin, January 3, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

新年伊始,在华外国NGO忐忑不安 (Uncertainty over new Chinese law rattles foreign nonprofits)
The New York Times, January 3, 2017

Chinese lawyers to help foreign NGOs navigate controversial new law
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2017

英媒:一个曾在中国蹲黑狱的外国人 (British media: a foreigner previously jailed in China)
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 3, 2017

Q & A with Peter Dahlin, the Swedish NGO worker who “endangered the national security” of China
China Change, January 3, 2017

What's your “public credit score”? The Shanghai government can tell you
National Public Radio, January 3, 2017

PLA veterans stage another protest in Beijing over unpaid benefits
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Ally of President Xi Jinping parachuted in to senior post in Hubei
South China Morning Post, January 3, 2017

Chinese official sentenced 10 years in vaccine scandal
Agence France-Presse, January 4, 2017

China's graft watchdog turns camera on itself in TV series
Reuters, January 3, 2017

The political price of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
Financial Times, January 4, 2017

Beijing police missed opportunity in handling of death in custody case, say academics
South China Morning Post, January 2, 2017

Tibetans beaten, detained for coming late to meeting
Radio Free Asia, January 3, 2017

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

China tightens Tibetan border security to combat “separatism”
Reuters, January 3, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

驻港京官为香港增政治红线:不得挑战中央权威 (Zhang Xiaoming, Director of Central Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong raises political “bottom line”: one must not challenge authority of central government)
Radio France Internationale, January 2, 2017中国/20170102-驻港京官为香港增政治红线:不得挑战中央权威

Hong Kong told to uphold rule of law, fight separatism
China Daily, January 3, 2017

中国军事管研所副所长建议让港人参军促进人心回归 (Senior military official Wang Xinjian: let Hong Kong people join People’s Liberation Army to foster identification with mainland)
Radio France Internationale, January 1, 2017中国/20170101-中国军事管研所副所长建议让港人参军促进人心回归

Let Hongkongers serve in China’s People’s Liberation Army, says top military official
South China Morning Post, January 3, 2017

香港民阵发起元旦游行提三大诉求 (Hong Kongers march for pro-democracy lawmakers: 3 demands)
Deutsche Welle, January 1, 2017

Thousands in Hong Kong march for pro-democracy lawmakers
Associated Press, January 1, 2017

Commentary (评论)

In 2016, a toxic political smog spread over China and Hong Kong
Global Voices, December 30, 2016

The evolution and implication of China's Overseas NGO Law
NGOs in China, December 30, 2016

China’s new foreign NGO law: A conversation with Sophie Richardson
Center for Strategic & International Studies, January 4, 2017

Cashing in on dystopia
SupChina, January 3, 2017