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, April 24, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

维权律师夏霖二审判10年 (Rights defense lawyer Xia Lin sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after second instance trial)
Deutsche Welle, April 21, 2017维权律师夏霖二审判10年/a-38535142

李明哲未獲釋 有台灣組織籲人權事務者不要到大陸 (Taiwanese group advises rights defense workers not to visit the mainland in light of Li Ming-che incident)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 24, 2017

Lawyer Xie Yang will be tried on April 25, wife says in a statement
China Change, April 21, 2017

China rights lawyer Xie Yang denied own defense for trial
Agence France-Presse, April 22, 2017

709 大抓捕:谢阳案下周开庭 官派律师噤声 (709 Crackdown: Xie Yang’s case opens next week, defense lawyer appointed by authorities stays silent)
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2017

陈桂秋赴美后首露面 与美议员谈709案 (Wife of detained lawyer Xie Yang, Chen Guiqiu, shows up for the first time in the U.S., talks about “709 Crackdown” with congressman)
Radio France Asia, April 23, 2017

709家属致川普总统(第四封信)(709 Families’ Fourth Letter to President Trump)
Human Rights in China, March 26, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

Wanted billionaire Guo Wengui: Beijing pressured U.S. broadcaster VOA to cut interview
Hong Kong Free Press, April 21, 2017

Facebook briefly suspends account of outspoken Chinese billionaire
The New York Times, April 24, 2017

苹果被指配合网络审查 删中港台应用商店敏感内容下载 (Apple said to delete sensitive content from Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan App Stores, assisting China’s censorship)
Voice of America, April 22, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Furor in China over team’s banner: “Keep homosexuality far from campus”
The New York Times, April 20, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Elderly woman dies under rubble in forced demolition in China’s Jiangxi
Radio Free Asia, April 21, 2017

人民的名义:戏外有戏, 现实比剧情更精彩 (“In the Name of People”: Reality is even more gripping than the drama)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 21, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

给林郑的"紧箍咒"?"未来5年不宜重启政改" (“Political reform wouldn’t be suitable for the next 5 years”, legal scholar from the mainland says)
Deutsche Welle, April 22, 2017给林郑的紧箍咒未来5年不宜重启政改/a-38547874

Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade
South China Morning Post, April 22, 2017

大陆法律学者:香港要普选未来10年想都甭想 (Chinese legal scholar: Hong Kong shouldn’t think about universal suffrage for the next 10 years)
Radio France Internationale, April 23, 2017中国/20170423-大陆法律学者:香港要普选未来10年想都甭想

涂謹申指《基本法》寫明普選須完成 質疑王振民動機 (James To doubts Wang Zhenmin’s motivation behind political reform comment, says universal suffrage is guaranteed under the Basic Law)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 22, 2017

大陆学者建议北京霸王硬上弓为香港基本法23条立法 (Mainland legal scholar advises Beijing to forcibly implement Art. 23 legislation for Hong Kong)
Radio France Internationale, April 22, 2017中国/20170422-大陆学者建议北京霸王硬上弓为香港基本法23条立法

Commentary (评论)

The 10 lawmakers facing disqualification: Post-Occupy payback in slow motion
Hong Kong Free Press, April 22, 2017

《人民的名义》:荒谬的真实 (“In the Name of People”: Reality in absurdity)
Financial Times, April 24, 2017