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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Free Liu Xia or face consequences, U.S. lawyer tells China
Voice of America, August 9, 2017

苏州大抓捕持续 徐文石被批捕 (Suzhou crackdown continues, Xu Wenshi is arrested)
Radio Free Asia, August 8, 2017

709吴淦案庭前会议结束 法院坚持不公开审理 吴淦发布开庭前声明 (709 activist Wu Gan’s pre-trial meeting concludes, court continues to refuse public trial, Wu Gan issues pre-trial statement)
Weiquanwang, August 9, 2017

(RFA独家) 新疆维权人士胡军遭严密控制 求助本台吁外界关注 (RFA exclusive: Xinjiang activist Hu Jun suffers severe restrictions, appeals to foreign countries for help and attention)
Radio Free Asia, August 8, 2017

中国一律师因“不当言论”被律师协会调查 (Chinese lawyer investigated by lawyers' association for making “inappropriate comments”)
Voice of America, August 10, 2017

湖南709律师谢阳重返家中 要求拆除监控设施 (709 lawyer Xie Yang returns home and demands surveillance devices be removed)
Radio Free Asia, August 9, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

Apple faces legal complaints over store rules: reports
Global Times, August 9, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China uses forced labour to export products to United States, says report
First Post, August 9, 2017

China examines official spending on luxury alcohol
Bloomberg, August 9, 2017

Former Tianjin mayor stands trial for graft
Xinhua, August 9, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

湖南数百幼师连日省府维权 遭强制清场遣返 (Hundreds of Hunan kindergarten teachers petition provincial government for several days, are forcibly repatriated)
Radio Free Asia, August 8, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China enforces first action under developing cyber security law
Forbes, August 8, 2017

China’s Tencent is quietly testing a “social credit score” based on people’s online behavior
Quartz, August 9, 2017

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

China's new security concern – the Kazakhs
Radio Free Europe, August 8, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

王毅会见林郑月娥,就香港特区扩大对外交往与合作交换意见 (Wang Yi and Carrie Lam meet, exchange views on expansion of diplomacy and cooperation in Hong Kong)
The Paper, August 9, 2017

Justice Dept. seeks harsher sentences for activists over clash which sparked Hong Kong’s Occupy protests
Hong Kong Free Press, August 9, 2017

Hong Kong’s justice minister responds to opposition fears on joint railway checkpoint
South China Morning Post, August 8, 2017

Latest lawmaker ejections a heavy blow to “Hong Kong independence separatist forces,” claims Beijing’s top man in city
Hong Kong Free Press, August 8, 2017

Police urge young inmates claiming abuse to provide details so officers can follow up
South China Morning Post, August 9, 2017

Commentary (评论)

從劉曉波死訊看大陸社交媒體的管控 (Death of Liu Xiaobo shows how censorship of mainland social media works)
Mingpao, August 10, 2017

What happened to Apple’s moral backbone?
Fortune, August 8, 2017

張曉明形容4人失議員資格是沉重打擊港獨分離勢力 (Zhang Xiaoming: DQ of four lawmakers is a heavy blow to the Hong Kong separatists)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 9, 2017

反擊政府歪理 法律界要站出來 (The law community must stand up to government’s nonsense)
Inmediahk, August 10, 2017