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, March 06, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

百律师发声明谴责官媒抹黑谢阳 网民公开江天勇入狱前声明 (100 lawyers publish joint statement criticizing state media’s smear campaign against Xie Yang, netizen releases statement by Jiang Tianyong written prior to his detention)
Radio Free Asia, March 3, 2017

Video: Activist Jiang Tianyong “admits” fabricating account of lawyer Xie Yang’s torture [English subtitles]
Hong Kong Free Press, March 4, 2017

信阳警方“传话”安抚江天勇父母 律师将控告媒体“认罪” (Xinyang police “pass on message” to reassure Jiang Tianyong’s parents, lawyers lodge complaint against state media over “confession”)
Radio Free Asia, March 4, 2017

How Xie Yang’s transcripts of torture came to light: Lawyer Chen Jiangang rebuts China’s smear campaign
China Change, March 3, 2017

“In the event that I lose my freedom”: A statement by lawyer Chen Jiangang
China Change, March 4, 2017

China is now letting the people judge its judges
Quartz, March 6, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

BBC team have cameras smashed in China—video
The Guardian, March 3, 2017

北京两会:BBC记者采访遭暴打被迫签认罪书 (Beijing Two Congresses: BBC journalist beaten and forced to sign guilty plea)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 3, 2017

Chinese official calls for easing of internet censorship
The Guardian, March 4, 2017

政协副主席:网络封锁有悖开放发展理念 (Vice-chairman of the CPPCC: Internet censorship goes against principles of openness and development)
Deutsche Welle, March 5, 2017

Censors step in after Chinese TV drama scene names Xi Jinping as “traitor”
South China Morning Post, March 3, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Petitioner threatens suicide amid massive security operation in Beijing
Radio Free Asia, March 3, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China's anti-corruption overhaul paves way for Xi to retain key ally
Reuters, March 3, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

總理報告首提 「港獨沒出路」 確保一國兩制實踐不動搖 ("There is no way out for Hong Kong independence", Premier's annual work report first mentions the subject, says that state is determined to implement "One Country, Two Systems")
Mingpao, March 6, 2017

曾俊華:港獨「偽命題」 林鄭:港獨無空間 (John Tsang says Hong Kong independence is not a legitimate topic to discuss, Carrie Lam says there is no room for it)
Mingpao, March 6, 2017

特首人选:泛民选委单看民意 北京提四标准称拥实质任命 (CE candidate: Pan Democratic committee members only look at popular opinion of general public, Beijing mentions 4 criteria and confirms that they have actual power of appointment)
Radio France Internationale, March 5, 2017

美批华:不必要地释法损港自治 中国人权受压依然严重 (U.S. criticizes China for damaging autonomy of Hong Kong with unnecessary legal interpretation, states that human rights in China are still severely suppressed)
Radio France Internationale, March 4, 2017

Four Hong Kong lawmakers in oath row urge court to reject bid to unseat them, claiming they have been unfairly targeted
South China Morning Post, March 3, 2017