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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

湖南维权律师谢阳继续遭当局严密看管 (Hunan rights lawyer Xie Yang continues to face severe surveillance from authorities)
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2017

Chen Guiqiu’s statement of condemnation regarding Xie Yang’s trial
Human Rights in China, May 6, 2017

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709李文足的声明 (Li Wenzu, wife of 709 lawyer, criticizes police for lying and intimidating family members in open statement)
Weiquanwang, August 15, 2017

上海维权人士吴玉芬及80岁高龄的杜金媛被关黑监狱至今已40多天仍未获得释放 (80-year-old Du Jinyuan from Shanghai, along with land rights defender Wu Yufen, still held in black jail for over 40 days, without release)
Weiquanwang, August 15, 2017

新疆温泉哈萨克族牧民被秘判12年 (Kazakh herder in Xinjiang sentenced to 12 years after secret trial)
Radio Free Asia, August 15, 2017

China rights activist Wu Gan may face up to 10 years in prison
Voice of America, August 15, 2017

前首都师范大学副教授朱德龙因在微信群批评中共总书记习近平搞个人崇拜、封杀网络民意,竟被行政拘留5天 (Capital Normal University associate professor Zhu Delong already detained for five days after criticizing CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping on WeChat for engaging in self-worship and blacklisting netizens)
Weiquanwang, August 15, 2017

完善以宪法为核心的中国特色社会主义法律体系 (To perfect a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics and the Constitution at its core)
People’s Daily, August 14, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

山西晋中煤矿滑坡埋人 政府一度隐瞒 (Government conceals coal mine landslide that buried people in Jinzhong, Shanxi)
Radio Free Asia, August 15, 2017

Journalism, propaganda, censorship, and the 19th Party Congress
China Digital Times, August 14, 2017

人权组织要求中国政府说明高智晟的下落 (Human rights organization asks the Chinese gov’t for Gao Zhisheng’s whereabouts)
Voice of America, August 16, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

New normal? Strike Map shows steady trends in worker actions in first half of 2017
China Labor Bulletin, August 15, 2017

湖南娄底警察电棍致人死亡 百人游行抗议 (Loudi, Hunan police cause death with electric batons, hundreds protest)
Radio Free Asia, August 15, 2017

顶十九大维稳风 各地再掀老兵维权潮 (Veterans from many provinces protest at local gov’ts, despite pressure of stability maintenance rises before the 19th National Congress of the CPC)
Radio Free Asia, August 15, 2017

湖南娄底警察电棍致人死亡 百人抗议遭抓捕 (Hundreds protest against police brutality and get arrested after villager died under custody in Hunan)
Radio Free Asia, August 15, 2017

中國Walmart工人眾籌五萬打官司 至今三宗勝訴獲賠償 (Walmart workers in China crowd-fund 50,000 yuan for their lawsuits and have won three cases)
Inmediahk, August 15, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

山西和顺矿难瞒报事件:煤管局长就地免职 (Director of coal mine authority in Shaanxi removed from duty after trying to conceal information about deadly mining accident)
China National Radio, August 15, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s new cybersecurity law lacks detail, says Tencent VP
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2017

China's probe into Tencent, Baidu, Sina may be about politics, not cybersecurity
CNBC, August 15, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Protesters who stormed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council given jail terms after prosecutors pushed for tougher sentences
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2017

In Pictures: Democrats criticize appeal court’s decision to jail 13 activists over 2014 clash at legislature
Hong Kong Free Press, August 16, 2017

黃之鋒估計明天面臨監禁 刑期與昨日東北案被告相若 (Joshua Wong expects to face jail time tomorrow and receive similar sentences of New Territory development protesters)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 16, 2017

回應林子健被捕 李家超指警方按實際情況既定程序處理 (John Lee: police are following established procedures in accordance with reality in the arrest of Howard Lam)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 16, 2017

反東北案12被告將上訴 長毛斥「冤獄 (12 defendants in the New Territory development protest will appeal; Long hair calls the verdicts unjust)
Inmediahk, August 15, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Three young voices versus a superpower
The New York Times, August 15, 2017

China is forcing Uighurs abroad to return home. Why aren’t more countries refusing to help?
China File, August 14, 2017

Liu Xiaobo’s stern warning
National Review, August 14, 2017

吴淦(“超级低俗屠夫”)案中的法律问题 (Legal issues in the case of Wu Gan)
Financial Times, August 16, 2017