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, February 17, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

郭洪伟曝光酷刑遭报复吐血 担架上见家属 (Jinlin activist Guo Hongwei allegedly beaten in prison for exposing his torture, in critical condition)
Radio Free Asia, February 16, 2017

Announcement of the establishment of the China Anti-Torture Alliance (中国反酷刑联盟正式成立)
China Anti-Torture Alliance, February 7, 2017 (Chinese)
China Change, February 16, 2017 (English)

Lawyers for rights activists in China increasingly persecuted, report says
South China Morning Post, February 16, 2017

Courts urged to better serve ethnic people
China Daily, February 17, 2017

內地校園暴力犯罪處罰輕? 公安部擬將行政拘留從16歲降至14歲 (Is the punishment for school violence too lenient on the mainland? Ministry of Public Security to lower minimum age for administrative detention from 16 to 14)
Hong Kong 01, February 17, 2017兩岸/72570/內地校園暴力犯罪處罰輕-公安部擬將行政拘留從16歲降至14歲

公安部关于《中华人民共和国治安管理处罚法(修订公开征求意见稿)》公开征求意见的公告 (Ministry of Public Security notice regarding solicitation of comments on “Public Security Administrative Punishments Law (Draft Revisions for Solicitation of Public Comments)”)
The Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, January 16, 2017 (Chinese)
China Law Translate, January 17, 2017 (English)

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

互联网募捐信息平台“轻松筹”被民政部约谈 (Internet fundraising platform “Qing Song Chou” invited to “chat” with Ministry of Civil Affairs)
Xinhua, February 17, 2017

各地家长致函人大代表请求关注雾霾 (Parents from all over China send letters to over 600 NPC deputies calling for attention to smog problem)
Radio Free Asia, February 16, 2017

Fighting on behalf of China’s women — from the United States
New York Times. February 15, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Legal experts call for clarity over State compensation
China Daily, February 17, 2017

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

China jails former senior judge for life in graft case
Reuters, February 16, 2017

最高人民法院原副院长奚晓明受贿案一审宣判 (Verdict announced in Xi Xiaoming’s bribery case)
Xinhua, February 17, 2017

China holds “anti-terrorism” mass rally in Xinjiang's Uighur heartland
Reuters, February 16, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

7人判囚2年 法官怒斥令警隊蒙羞 支持者痛哭大叫 (Ken Tsang assault case: all 7 police officers sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment, judge criticizes policemen for being an insult to Police Force, supporters cry after hearing judgment)
Mingpao, February 17, 2017

Outraged Hong Kong police officers condemn court verdict in Ken Tsang assault case
South China Morning Post, February 17, 2017

Defecting Communist Party-backed newspaper editor investigated for “leaking secrets”
Radio Free Asia, February 16, 2017

約翰遜:英國支持香港「一國兩制」立場不變 (Boris Johnson: The UK remains supportive of Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems”)
Radio Television Hong Kong, February 17, 2017

U.S. senators reintroduce bill to punish those suppressing freedom in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, February 17, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Black Mirror or Red Herring? Shazeda Ahmed on China’s Social Credit System
China Digital Times, February 16, 2017