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 15, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Eye-catching China activist Super Vulgar Butcher “admits wrongdoing”
Reuters, August 14, 2017

吴淦案将开庭各地声援者被稳控 (Wu Gan’s trial begins, supporters in various places face suppression)
Radio Free Asia, August 13, 2017

上海数十维权人士集体向北京市高级法院提起行政诉讼 (Dozens of rights defenders from Shanghai file administrative lawsuit against State Bureau for Letters and Calls at Higher People’s Court of Beijing)
Weiquanwang, August 15, 2017

中国异议人士高智晟突然从家里失踪 (Dissident Gao Zhisheng suddenly disappears from Shaanxi residence on August 13)
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2017

湖北鄂州家庭教会遭鞭炮“轰炸” 信徒被打 (Home church in Hubei met with intimidation and sabotaging, believers beaten and arrested by local police)
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2017

律师立案时遭殴打,河北丛台法院:清退涉事辅警,赔偿律师 (Lawyer beaten while filing case, Hebei Congtai Court: Clear out auxiliary police, compensate lawyer)
The Paper, August 14, 2017

“现代法院”究竟长啥样 (What in the world are “modern courts” like?)
Legal Daily, August 13, 2017

人民陪审员 更接地气了 (好政策,让生活更美好) (Jurors are more down to earth, good government policy has improved people’s lives), August 13, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

China detains four WeChat users for spreading false rumors about earthquakes
Neowin, August 13, 2017

Duowei: China launched Internet crackdown to secure the internet prior to 19th National Congress
Deutsche Welle, August 11, 2017
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Citizen Participation (公民参与)

上海公民为唐荆陵律师和袁新亭上街举牌发声 要求立即释放 (Shanghai citizens petition for immediate release of lawyer Tang Jingling and Yuan Xinting)
Weiquanwang, August 12, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

湖北严格执行《中国共产党问责条例》 (Hubei strictly enforces the “Chinese Communist Party Accountability Provisions”)
Xinhua, August 13, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China's mobile apps exceed 4.02 mln
Xinhua, August 12, 2017

去年以来全国破获电信网络诈骗案11.9万余起 (More than 119,000 cases of telecommunications fraud cracked nationwide since last year)
Legal Daily, August 14, 2017

第三届中国网络正能量一江山论坛在台州举行 (Third China Online Positive Energy Yijiangshan Forum held in Taizhou)
China Communist Youth League, August 14, 2017

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

新疆青河县少数民族出国须五个部门审批盖章 (Kazakh minorities in Xinjiang need approvals from different authorities to go aboard)
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Democrat who says Chinese agents assaulted him accuses police of leaking “damaging” details of investigation
Hong Kong Free Press, August 14, 2017

Hong Kong democrat arrested for “misleading” police after abduction claims
Reuters, August 15, 2017

閉路電視未見被人擄 林子健涉誤導警方被捕 (CCTV footage shows no signs of abduction, Howard Lam arrested for misleading the police)
Apple Daily, August 15, 2017

林鄭月娥不評論林子健事件 稱社會可自行判斷 (Carrie Lam refuses to comment on the incident of Howard Lam and says the society can make its own judgment)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 15, 2017

律政司覆核成功 反東北案13被告改判監8至13個月 (13 activists sentenced from 8 to 13 months in prison following Department of Justice’s successful appeal)
Inmediahk, August 15, 2017

Stop pursuing democracy under Hong Kong’s Basic Law, Occupy co-founder Benny Tai urges
South China Morning Post, August 12, 2017

“All Hong Kong lawmakers should retake oaths”: Litigious former civil servant files legal bid to restart process
South China Morning Post, August 14, 2017

Hong Kong gov’t appeals sentences for protesters who opposed New Territories development plan
Hong Kong Free Press, August 14, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Liu Xia: A woman whose existence is an embarrassment to China
EJ Insight, August 14, 2017

Why Hong Kong’s justice minister Rimsky Yuen is so sanguine about joint checkpoint for express rail link
South China Morning Post, July 28, 2017

Cybersecurity Law gets its first big investigation
China Media Project, August 11, 2017