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 22, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China begins trial of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong
Reuters, August 22, 2017

709律師江天勇認煽動顛覆罪 法庭擇日判 江妻指夫酷刑下被迫認罪 (709 lawyer Jiang Tianyong confesses to inciting subversion of state power; Jiang’s wife says husband was tortured and forced to confess)
Mingpao, August 22, 2017

Prominent Chinese rights activist Jiang Tianyong “confesses” to inciting subversion of state power
Hong Kong Free Press, August 22, 2017

Detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang shortlisted for Dutch Human Rights Tulip award
Hong Kong Free Press, August 22, 2017

新疆博乐一哈萨克族人因“泄密罪”判囚10年 (Kazakhs man in Xinjiang sentenced to ten years in prison for leaking state secrets)
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 21, 2017

China's propaganda machine in overdrive
Al Jazeera, August 21, 2017

After criticism, publisher reverses decision to bow to China’s censors
The New York Times, August 21, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

黑龙江省民代幼教师近4000人集体到该省信访局上访维权 (4,000 teachers in Heilongjiang protest for social security and official status at local letters and visits bureau)
Weiquanwang, August 22, 2017

河北网友发帖抱怨医院伙食遭拘引发反弹 (Tens of thousands of netizens in China criticize local police for detaining a man who complains about canteen food quality online)
Voice of America, August 21, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

7月全国查处违反中央八项规定精神问题4342起 (4,342 cases of party principle violation under investigation in July)
People’s Daily, August 22, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

第二期“党建专家@互联网企业党员”活动在京举行 (Chinese cyberspace authority holds seminars in Beijing targeting party members in internet companies), August 17, 2017

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

Authorities in Xinjiang extend Uyghur persecution to region’s ethnic Kyrgyz
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

“Morale boost”: Politicians and activists speak of renewed solidarity at Sunday’s march over protester jailings
Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2017

林鄭月娥首開腔 指刑期覆核不涉政治 案中人非政治犯 (Carrie Lam on the sentencing of 16 young activists: judicial review of the sentences does not involve politics, and the people in those cases are not political prisoners)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 22, 2017

Two student activists jailed along with Joshua Wong in Hong Kong moved to separate prisons
South China Morning Post, August 22, 2017

Video: Jailing of democracy activists “not political persecution” says Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2017

Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong back in dock days after being jailed
Reuters, August 22, 2017

佔旺20人涉刑事藐視法庭結案陳詞 黃浩銘黃之鋒應訊 (Student leader Joshua Wong and land rights activist Raphael Wong summoned again for contempt of court charge during “Occupy”)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 22, 2017

王丹决定推动港伞运领袖角逐诺贝尔奖 (Wang Dan says he will make efforts to nominate leaders from Umbrella Movement for the next Nobel Peace Prize)
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2017

Commentary (评论)

Political Prisoners in Hong Kong
ChinaFile, August 17, 2017

China’s bid to block my journal’s articles is a new attack on academic freedom
The Guardian, August 21, 2017

Gao Zhisheng disappears
The Wall Street Journal, August 22, 2017