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.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

中国流亡律师滕彪,要做黑暗中的闪电 (Teng Biao, Chinese lawyer in exile, will become a lightning flash in the dark)
The New York Times, August 1, 2017

Paying homage to Liu Xiaobo from behind bars
China Change, July 31, 2017

Tibetan self-immolator released after serving five-year prison term in Sichuan
Radio Free Asia, July 31, 2017

最高法出台司法责任制实施意见,院庭长不得以口头指示等变相批案 (Supreme People’s Court introduces implementation of ideas on judicial accountability, chief judges shall not approve cases through verbal instruction)
Legal Daily, July 31, 2017

安徽阜阳男子违停被贴罚单在朋友圈骂交警发泄不满,行拘5日 (Fuyang, Anhui man vents dissatisfaction against police after receiving traffic ticket, is detained for five days)
The Paper, July 31, 2017

习近平阅兵疑违反国旗法 珠海钢管舞劳军引舆论炮轰 (Xi Jinping’s PLA parade allegedly violates national flag law)
Radio Free Asia, July 31, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

北京网信办约谈多家网站负责人,责令立即整治自媒体八大乱象 (Beijing Internet Information office meets with various internet platform representatives, orders immediate regulation of the “eight big sources of chaos” in personal media)
The Paper, July 31, 2017

民政部:网络求助不属于慈善募捐 平台应加强审查甄别且设置求助上限 (Ministry of Civil Affairs: online appeals for help do not count as charitable fundraising, platforms should strengthen screening examinations and place caps on appeals for help)
Legal Daily, July 31, 2017

In China, Internet censors are accidentally helping revive an invented “Martian” language
Quartz, July 30, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

過百市民出席劉曉波「追詩會」 教師:文學方式悼念合適 (Over 100 citizens in Hong Kong mourn Liu Xiaobo by reading poems)
Apple Daily, July 31, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

安徽:深化落实中央八项规定精神 上半年处分1120人 (1,120 officials in Anhui punished in the first half of 2017 for disciplinary issues)
Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, August 1, 2017

China work safety chief demoted after corruption probe
South China Morning Post, July 31, 2017

Trump administration quietly pressing China to free Liu Xiaobo’s widow
The Washington Post, July 30, 2017

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

習近平:軍隊依法履行港澳防務職責 打擊分裂破壞活動 (Xi Jinping: PLA defends Hong Kong and Macau in accordance with the law and fights against separatist and sabotaging activities)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 1, 2017

在台西藏人在台北举行“丹增曲英烛光晚会” (Tibetans in Taiwan hold candlelight vigil for student who died from self-immolation)
Radio Free Asia, July 31, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

吳靄儀指公安在香港執行內地法律令港人失信心政府失分 (Margaret Ng: mainland police enforcing mainland laws in Hong Kong makes Hong Kongers lose confidence and gov’t loose support)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 1, 2017

Looming Hong Kong government pick sparks new national education fears
South China Morning Post, August 1, 2017

梁國雄涉收黎智英捐款案控罪不成立 官:行為可疑但有模式可循 (Leung Kwok-hung not guilty of misconduct after receiving donation from Jimmy Lai)
Mingpao, July 31, 2017

團體抗議蔡若蓮任教育局副局長 教聯會關門拒對話 (Groups protest against potential appointment of CHOI Yuk-lin as education deputy)
Inmediahk, July 31, 2017

Hong Kong court suspends legal challenge to oust two more pro-democracy lawmakers
Hong Kong Free Press, July 31, 2017

Hong Kong gets more power under joint checkpoint plan, not less, legal scholar argues
South China Morning Post, July 31, 2017

Veteran Hong Kong democracy activist found not guilty in donation case
Reuters, July 31, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Leopards and spots: Liu Xiaobo and China’s soft power
China Policy Institute, July 31, 2017

The world ignores an outrage
The Washington Times, July 30, 2017

Even in death Liu Xiaobo is an inspiration to many Hong Kong people
South China Morning Post, July 28, 2017