Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Activist Guo Feixiong held 743 days without yard time
China Change, August 21, 2015
http://chinachange.org/2015/08/21/activist-guo-feixiong-held-743-days-without-yard-time/

中国打压维权律师人数升至276 (Number of lawyers affected in China’s crackdown reaches 276)
Voice of America, August 24, 2015
http://www.voachinese.com/content/china-lawyer-20150821/2927493.html

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Mass suppression of lawyers reveals true nature of Xi’s “rule by law”
对维权律师的大规模镇压揭示了习近平“依法治国”的真实面目
Human Rights in China, July 16, 2015
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/en/mass-crackdown-chinese-lawyers-and-defenders
CH: http://hrichina.org/chs/zhong-guo-da-gui-mo-zhen-ya-wei-quan-lu-shi-he-huo-yue-ren-shi

全国人大法律委员会关于《中华人民共和国刑法修正案(九)(草案)》审议结果报告 (NPC Law Committee report on the public consultation results of draft China Criminal Law Amendment (9) )
Legal Daily, August 24, 2015
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2015-08/24/content_6235917.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

China to unblock Facebook and Twitter during World Championships in Athletics
Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2015
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/08/21/china-to-unblock-facebook-and-twitter-during-world-championships-in-athletics/

China indicts dozens of journalists, media companies for “extortion”
21世纪传媒30人被公诉涉案金额逾亿元
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2015
EN: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/extortion-08212015111154.html
CH: http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/meiti/ql2-08212015110752.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Netizens think official explanations for Tianjin's dead fish are as likely as fish drowning
Global Voices, August 21, 2015
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/08/21/chinese-netizens-slam-official-explanations-for-tianjins-dead-fish-after-explosions/

Related:
China says mass fish deaths unrelated to Tianjin blasts
Al Jazeera, August 21, 2015
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/china-mass-fish-deaths-tianjin-blasts-150821155203669.html

劳工维权人士张治儒被调查 劳工NGO或成当局“眼中钉” (Head of Labor rights NGO Zhang Zhiru investigated, labor organizations become ”thorns in the side” of authorities)
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2015
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-08212015115513.html

Beijing turns into Forbidden City as war anniversary clampdown widens
The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2015
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/08/21/beijing-turns-into-forbidden-city-as-war-anniversary-clampdown-widens/

Related:
律师接连被阻出境 阅兵将至北京银弹维稳 (Lawyer restricted from leaving the country, as parade approaches, Beijing uses “silver bullet” of social stability maintenance
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2015
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-08212015115513.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

天津爆炸:政府计划以市价回购受损房屋 (Tianjin explosion: Government plans to repurchase damaged homes at market value)
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 22, 2015
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/china/2015/08/150822_tianjin_blast_compensation

Related:
Tianjin blast: Shock turns to anger and distrust after massive explosions
The Age, August 21, 2015
http://www.theage.com.au/world/tianjin-blast-shock-turns-to-anger-and-distrust-after-massive-explosions-20150821-gj4eoz.html

Another factory explosion rocks China. Another case of corruption exposed?
Christian Science Monitor, August 22, 2015
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0822/Another-factory-explosion-rocks-China.-Another-case-of-corruption-exposed

Sons of top Chinese officials “used family links to cash in”
South China Morning Post, August 23, 2015
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1851783/sons-top-chinese-officials-used-family-links-cash

China expels brother of former senior official from Communist Party over graft
Reuters, August 21, 2015
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/21/us-china-corruption-idUSKCN0QQ0F420150821

Related:
中纪委:令计划之兄令政策被“双开”(Central Commission for Discipline Inspection: Ling Jihua and brother Ling Zhengce “doubly expelled”
British Broadcasting Corporation, August 21, 2015
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/china/2015/08/150821_china_li_zhengce

No promotion for slackers on reform agenda, China's state media tells Communist Party cadres
South China Morning Post, August 21, 2015
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1851605/no-promotion-slackers-reform-agenda-chinas-state-media

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Why Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong needs to be more transparent
South China Morning Post, August 24, 2015
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1851942/city-beat-why-beijings-liaison-office-hong-kong-needs-be

Massive Tianjin blast highlights flaws in China’s governance model
Foreign Policy, August 19, 2015
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/08/19/china-tianjin-explosion-corruption-civil-society/

China's flawed corruption crusade: How the Tianjin disaster was the latest consequence of a system that places profit before public safety
The Independent, August 22, 2015
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/corruption-in-china-the-tianjin-explosion-offers-a-glimpse-of-how-the-country-really-works-10466255.html

China the great host, atrocities are ignored
IOL, August 24, 2015
http://www.iol.co.za/sport/china-the-great-host-atrocities-are-ignored-1.1904672#.Vdtw6iVVhHw