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, May 05, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

中国百名律师联署促释放人权律师及家人 (One hundred lawyers jointly petition for release of rights defense lawyer and his family)
Voice of America, May 4, 2017

Urgent statement by Chinese lawyers concerning lawyer Chen Jiangang who was detained by Yunnan police along with family and friends
China Change, May 4, 2017

China's state security police target activists who showed up to Xie Yang trial
Radio Free Asia, May 4, 2017

Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers and Defenders
Human Rights in China, April 27, 2017

State security police keep close watch on Chinese dissident in hospital
Radio Free Asia, May 4, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

Pollution solution? Beijing gov’t investigates fog cannon aimed at air quality monitor
Hong Kong Free Press, May 5, 2017

《互联网信息内容管理行政执法程序规定》6月1日施行 (“Internet News Information Service Management Regulations” to be implemented on June 1)
Guangming Daily, May 5, 2017

中国发新规严控新闻采编 微信微博受影响 (China’s new regulation on news editorial affects Weibo and Wechat)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 4, 2017

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

Why the Communist Party has created a new bureau for Xinjiang
South China Morning Post, May 5, 2017

The extraordinary ways in which China humiliates Muslims
The Economist, May 4, 2017

China faces resistance to a cherished theme of its foreign policy
The Economist, May 5, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong lawyers head urges Beijing to listen and not rush Basic Law interpretation
South China Morning Post, May 5, 2017

中国全国人大拟立《国歌法》剑指“港独”?(National People’s Congress to enact “National Anthem Law” to curb Hong Kong independence?)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 4, 2017

全国人大常委会公布2017年立法工作计划 (National People’s Congress publishes Legislative Work Plan for 2017)
National People’s Congress of PRC, May 3, 2017

黃之鋒林榮基赴美聽證會 環時轟「漢奸」告洋狀 指若損國家發展「法律定會懲處」 (Joshua Wong and Lam Wing-kee attend U.S. congress hearings, party mouthpiece Global Times criticizes them for being “traitors”, says they will be “punished by law” for hindering state’s development)
Mingpao, May 5, 2017

香港引致廣東霧霾? 前天文台長反駁梁振英 指政府欠科學常識 (Hong Kong causes smog in Guangdong? Former director of Hong Kong Observatory refutes C.Y. Leung’s comment, says gov’t lacks scientific knowledge)
Stand News, May 1, 2017香港引致廣東霧霾-前天文台長反駁梁振英-指政府欠科學常識/

Commentary (评论)

Xi Jinping’s web of laws
China Media Project, May 3, 2017

美國應為香港民主發聲 (Stand up for democracy in Hong Kong)
The New York Times, May 4, 2017