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 25, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China abandoning rule of law, human rights lawyers say
The Guardian, January 24, 2017

李春富被關押後健康欠佳 歐盟駐華大使表示十分關切 (E.U. Ambassador to China expresses concern for Li Chunfu’s health after detention)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 24, 2017

709 Lawyer Released on Bail in Psychological Distress
Human Rights in China, January 13, 2017

709大抓捕:律师李和平王全璋遭酷刑曝光 电击曾致昏厥 (709 Crackdown: Torture of lawyers Li Heping and Wang Quanzhang comes to light, subjected to electric shocks until they passed out)
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2017

The anti-torture work of lawyer Li Heping that irked the Chinese authorities
China Change, January 25, 2017

Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers, Defenders and International Reactions: A Brief Chronology
Human Rights in China, January 23, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

China's rebel villagers sent to jail with no option to appeal
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Citizen Lab investigates Alipay, social credit
China Digital Times, January 24, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Tibetans ordered home by China are questioned by police, lose their passports
Radio Free Asia, January 23, 2016

中国多名律师起诉政府治霾不力 法院拒不受理 (Court rejects case brought by Chinese lawyers against gov’t for incompetence in smog control)
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Forget Xi’s “defense” of globalization. China just fortified the Great Firewall.
The Washington Post, January 23, 2017

China’s IT Ministry says VPN crackdown will not affect normal operations of foreign companies
Hong Kong Free Press, January 25, 2017

China's online population growing fast
Deutsche Welle, January 23, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Four Hong Kong lawmakers facing disqualification win more time to prepare defense
South China Morning Post, January 23, 2017

青政及民族黨年宵攤位被取消 浸大學生會寄賣產品 批政府壓制本土港獨主張 (Youngspiration and Hong Kong National Party Lunar New Year Fair stalls cancelled, Student union of Baptist University consigns products of Youngspiration and Hong Kong National Party for sale, criticizes gov’t for suppressing idea of Hong Kong independence)
Mingpao, January 25, 2017

Netflix購黃之鋒紀錄片版權 擬全球190國家播放 (Netflix purchases documentary on Joshua Wong, plans to stream in 190 countries worldwide)
Mingpao, January 25, 2017

“反港独” 《中国国防报》赞同抵制香港歌手张敬轩 (Chinese National Defense News, “anti-HK independence” news outlet, agrees with boycott against Hong Kong singer Hins Cheung)
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 25, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Without freedom for rights lawyers, how can China lay claim to a just legal system?
South China Morning Post, January 23, 2017

China must respect lawyers’ human rights
The Guardian, January 23, 2017

The continued importance of the U.S.-China cyber dialogue
Council on Foreign Relations, January 23, 2017