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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi reunited with family after 18 months in detention
Hong Kong Free Press, January 19, 2017

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

律师再申请会见江天勇 要求检察院监督案件 (Lawyers apply again to meet Jiang Tianyong, demand Procuratorate supervise the case)
Radio Free Asia, January 19, 2017

Statement by Lawyers Tan Chenshou and Chen Jinxue on Jiang Tianyong’s Case
Human Rights in China, December 16, 2016

中国最高人民法院院长驳斥司法独立 (President of SPC refutes judicial independence)
Financial Times, January 19, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

国家网信办深入整治“标题党”问题 (Cyberspace Administration of China punishes news websites for “clickbait” titles)
Cyberspace Administration of China, January 13, 2017

整治标题党是互联网新闻法治化的重要举措 (Regulation of “clickbait” titles is an important measure towards regulation of Internet news)
Legal Daily, January 17, 2017

Liaoning government admits false growth data from 2011-14
Caixin, January 18, 2017

辽宁省长陈求发:我们顶着压力挤压数据造假的水分 (Governor of Liaoning Province Chen Qiufa: We have suppressed the excessive fabrication of financial data)
People’s Daily, January 17, 2016

中国气象局暂停发布霾预警 引发舆论热议 (China Meteorological Administration sparks heated debate as it stops smog alerts)
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2017

新京报快评: 谁来发布雾霾预警,不要扯皮 (The Beijing News Quick Commentary: Who is responsible for smog alerts, stop wrangling)
The Beijing News, January 18, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Family of reformist leader Zhao Ziyang vows to keep pressing for his exoneration
South China Morning Post, January 18, 2017

趙紫陽逝世12年 女冀平反 杜導正親悼 高瑜丁子霖遭禁足 (On 12th anniversary of Zhao Ziyang’s death his daughter hopes for redress, Du Daozheng joins mourning while Gao Yu and Ding Ziling are banned)
Mingpao, January 18, 2017

全国首批6家境外非政府组织驻沪代表机构在上海获颁登记书 (Six foreign NGOs’ Shanghai offices granted nation’s first batch of registration certificates under Foreign NGO Management Law)
Shanghai Observer, January 17, 2017

On taking gay rights from Taipei to Beijing: Don’t call it a “movement”
The New York Times, January 18, 2017

Chinese feminist “Hooligan Sparrow” faces eviction by Beijing authorities
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2017

14类职业人员将建个人信用记录 (14 types of professionals will be given individual social credit rating record)
People’s Daily, January 19, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s top prosecutor takes aim at corrupt village officials over rural land grabs
Caixin, January 16, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Unsolved problems hang over Hong Kong leader's last policy address
Reuters, January 18, 2017

梁振英冀民主派推願接受基本法規定者參選特首選舉 (C.Y. Leung hopes pro-democracy camp will nominate candidates who accept the restrictions under the Basic Law)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 19, 2017

John Tsang formally declares bid to lead Hong Kong and vows to “restore hope to city in time of great uncertainty”
South China Morning Post, January 19, 2017

曾俊華:決定競逐下屆行政長官 (John Tsang: I have decided to run for the next CE)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 19, 2017

曾鈺成指京若2047取消一國兩制未違承諾 視乎國家利益定奪 (Jasper Tsang: It’s not a broken promise if Beijing cancels One Country Two Systems in 2047, it must depend on the national interest)
Mingpao, January 19, 2017

香港民族黨及青年新政年宵攤檔 遭食環署終止租約 稱「可能危害公共秩序」(FEHD banned stalls of Hong Kong National Party and Youngspiration at Lunar New Year’s fair, stating that they “may endanger public order”)
Mingpao, January 19, 2017

Commentary (评论)

【給特首參選人的試卷】新特首能否進退有度護「兩制」? (An exam paper for CE candidates: Could the new CE protect “Two Systems” with the right strategy?)
Mingpao, January 19, 2017