Friday, December 30, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China closes death-in-custody case, leaving questions, discontent
Voice of America, December 30, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/china-closes-death-in-custody-case/3656774.html

Related:
China fires, sanctions police officers linked to death in custody
Radio Free Asia, December 30, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/linked-12302016105506.html

Authorities in China's Hubei cremate body of dissident with no autopsy
Radio Free Asia, December 30, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/pengming-cremation-12292016142114.html

Prominent Christian human rights lawyer vanishes into custody in China
Christian Today, December 29, 2016
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/prominent.christian.human.rights.lawyer.vanishes.into.custody.in.china/103431.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

Shanghai’s move to curb international programs in schools worries parents
中国捍卫“教育主权”,私立学校国际课程或受限
The New York Times, December 30, 2016
http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20161230/shanghai-schools-international-curriculum/dual/

Chinese netizens mourn demise of celebrity’s online talk show
《晓松奇谈》停播引发中国网友缅怀
Financial Times, December 30, 2016
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/68ba32fe-cd0f-11e6-864f-20dcb35cede2
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001070814?full=y

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese police given sweeping powers over foreign NGOs
新法生效将致在华境外NGO缩减活动
Financial Times, December 30, 2016
EN:https://www.ft.com/content/fab2de32-ce53-11e6-864f-20dcb35cede2
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001070813

Uncertainty over new Chinese law rattles foreign nonprofits
The New York Times, December 29, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/world/asia/china-foreign-ngo.html

粵多名勞權人士被判刑中國公民社會步入寒冬 (Many labor rights activists sentenced in Guangdong, China’s civil society entering a very cold winter)
Inmediahk.net, December 30, 2016
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1046719

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China says it will prosecute ex-security official in bribery case
The New York Times, December 30, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/world/asia/china-security-ma-jian.html

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

China's Xinjiang sets up legal team to prosecute terror cases
Reuters, December 30, 2016
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-xinjiang-idUKKBN14J0L8?il=0

Hong Kong (香港)

China offered “flexibility” in Basic Law draft in exchange for economic help after Tiananmen massacre
Hong Kong Free Press, December 30, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/30/china-offered-flexibility-basic-law-draft-exchange-economic-help-tiananmen-massacre/

王光亚:"一国"原则不破坏 "两制"差异可包容 (Wang Guangya: As long as the "one country" principle is not undermined, the differences between the "two systems" can be fully tolerated and respected)
China News, December 30, 2016
http://www.chinanews.com/ga/2016/12-30/8110184.shtml

港大調查指過半市民不滿香港過去1年整體發展 (HKU survey reveals more than half of residents dissatisfied with overall developments in Hong Kong over past year)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 30, 2016
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1305026-20161230.htm

Commentary (评论)

Harsh sentences for Wukan protesters could backfire
South China Morning Post, December 30, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2058046/harsh-sentences-wukan-protesters-could-backfire

Hong Kong a city in decline? The Lion Rock spirit is still in full swing
Hong Kong Free Press, December 31, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/31/hong-kong-city-decline-lion-rock-spirit-still-full-swing/

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Beijing struggles to contain anger over death in custody
Financial Times, December 29, 2016
https://www.ft.com/content/fa93cda0-cd84-11e6-864f-20dcb35cede2

Jailed Chinese activist awakes from coma; says he did not attempt suicide, despite claims
Hong Kong Free Press, December 29, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/29/jailed-chinese-activist-awakes-from-coma-says-he-did-not-attempt-suicide-despite-claims/

扎西文色案新进展:检方撤回起诉补充侦查 (Chinese prosecutors ask court for more time in detained Tibetan’s case)
The New York Times, December 29, 2016
http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20161229/tashi-wangchuk-tibet-china/dual/

长沙警方拒律师见江天勇 陈进学周四往检察院控告 (Jiang Tianyong’s defense lawyer, Chen Jinxue, submits formal complaint with procuratorate after Changsha police refuse him a meeting with Jiang)
Radio Free Asia, December 28, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql1-12282016111902.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

China warns of “foreign powers” subverting Communist Party rule online
Radio Free Asia, December 29, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/warns-12282016122008.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China: Anti-corruption efforts working, no letup in 2017
Voice of America, December 29, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/china-anticorruption-campaign/3655166.html

China’s defence ministry confirms probe of leading general Wang Jianping
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2057961/chinas-defence-ministry-confirms-probe-leading-general

China persuades fugitive graft suspect to return in "Operation Skynet"
Reuters, December 29, 2016
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-politics-corruption-idUKKBN14I16J

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

China’s Xinjiang region plagued by violent attacks that Beijing blames on Uygur separatists
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2057928/chinas-xinjiang-region-plagued-violent-attacks-beijing

Hong Kong (香港)

One year on: Hong Kong bookseller saga leaves too many questions unanswered
South China Morning Post, December 29, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2058000/one-year-hong-kong-bookseller-saga-leaves-too-many-questions

Quoting Mao, China says Taiwan, HK independence supporters will fail “like flies”
Reuters, December 28, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-taiwan-hongkong-idUSKBN14H09L

一边发还回乡证“吹和风”一边刁难民主派进出大陆 (Despite returning Mainland Travel Permits to Hong Kong Democrats, Beijing still makes it hard for them to enter and exit)
Radio France International, December 29, 2016
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20161229-一边发还回乡证“吹和风”一边刁难民主派进出大陆

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese prosecutors ask court for more time in detained Tibetan’s case
The New York Times, December 28, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/world/asia/tashi-wangchuk-tibet-china.html

在部分地方开展国家监察体制改革试点工作的决定草案提请全国人大常委会审议
Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Conducting Pilot Work of State Supervision System Reform in Beijing Municipality, Shanxi Province, and Zhejiang Province
The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, December 20, 2016
China Law Translate, December 25, 2016 (English)
CH: http://dw.com/p/2UnwY
EN:http://bit.ly/2iF4iKN

邢望力自杀谜底揭开称遭殴险死 做完头骨修补手术即送监 (Mystery of Xing Wangli’s “attempted suicide” in detention revisited: Xing claims he was beaten to near death and sent back to detention immediately following skull surgery)
Radio Free Asia, December 28, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-12282016110804.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

US-China frictions in film: Hollywood with Chinese characteristics
The Diplomat, December 29, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/us-china-frictions-in-film-hollywood-with-chinese-characteristics/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese state media is blaming its apocalyptic smog problem on kitchen fumes
Quartz, December 28, 2016
http://qz.com/872685/chinese-state-media-is-blaming-its-apocalyptic-smog-problem-on-kitchen-fumes/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China's crackdown on livestreaming may stifle boom of Internet stars
Voice of America, December 28, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/china-crackdown-livestreaming-boom-internet-stars/3653225.html

Hong Kong (香港)

In Hong Kong's book industry, “everybody is scared”
The Guardian, December 28, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/28/in-hong-kongs-book-industry-everybody-is-scared

Outsted Youngspiration lawmakers make final appeal over LegCo ban
Hong Kong Free Press, December 28, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/28/outsted-youngspiration-lawmakers-make-final-appeal-legco-ban/

Hong Kong, where history has become a battleground for Beijing
The Guardian, December 26, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/27/hong-kong-history-battleground-beijing

Hong Kong protesters deliver christmas cards, gifts to rights activists jailed in China
Radio Free Asia, December 23, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hongkong-prisoners-12232016123852.html

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

China suicide bombing attempt thwarted by police after attackers ram vehicle into government building in Xinjiang
The Independent, December 28, 2016
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-suicide-bombing-attempt-thwarted-police-attackers-ram-vehicle-into-government-building-in-a7499001.html

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong government needs long-term vision for effective youth policy
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2057387/hong-kong-government-needs-long-term-vision-effective-youth

烏坎被打沉了,香港呢 (Wukan was beaten down, what about Hong Kong?)
Inmediahk.net, December 28, 2016
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1046663a

2016的“港台”印象 (Hong Kong and Taiwan: 2016 impressions)
Financial Times, December 28, 2016
http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001070752

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Access to Justice(司法公正)

Christmas time in China sees human rights activists put on trial
The Guardian, December 25, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/25/why-christmas-time-in-china-means-jail-for-human-rights-activists

Related:
China to try Tiananmen protest veteran after months of delay: lawyer
Radio Free Asia, December 23, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/protester-trial-12232016143206.html

又见“煽动颠覆” 人权律师江天勇被拘留 (Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong is detained on suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power)
Deutsche Welle, December 23, 2016
http://dw.com/p/2UnwY

China frees police officers linked to death in custody case
Radio Free Asia, December 27, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/custody-12272016114542.html

Chinese middle-class anger reignites over death of 29-year-old researcher Lei Yang in police custody
The Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2016
http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-middle-class-anger-reignites-over-death-of-researcher-in-custody-1482837636

Access to Information(信息公开)

China’s Communist Party casts West as Subversive threat
中国网络热传视频渲染“颜色革命”威胁
The New York Times, December 23, 2016
http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20161223/china-video-communist-party/dual/

Behind the scenes: The mainland journalist who writes about China’s human rights
Hong Kong Free Press, December 26, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/26/behind-the-scenes-the-mainland-journalist-who-writes-about-chinas-human-rights/

The words that ruled the Chinese internet in 2016
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 27, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38400802

Citizen Participation(公民参与)

Nine jailed in China’s Wukan “democracy” village following protests
Hong Kong Free Press, December 27, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/27/christmas-crackdown-nine-jailed-in-chinas-wukan-democracy-village-following-protests/

Related:
乌坎村抗议者判重刑 村民噤声 (Wukan protesters receive heavy sentences, many villagers “silenced” from speaking about incident)
Voice of America, December 27, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/news-china-wukan-20161227/3652428.html

“民生观察”负责人刘飞跃被正式批捕 家属受压噤声 (Minshengguancha founder Liu Feiyue formally arrested, family members silenced)
Radio Free Asia, December 27, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/xl1-12272016101114.html

Hong Kong(香港)

Universal suffrage back in focus for Hong Kong New Year march
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2057493/universal-suffrage-back-focus-hong-kong-new-year-march

下任特首須證明 有決心遏港獨 (Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive must show determination to stop the independent movement)
Sing Tao Daily, December 23, 2016
https://www.singtaousa.com/995605/post-下任特首須證明-有決心遏港獨

ICTs and Human Rights(信息技术与人权)

China’s cybersecurity efforts could pose new challenge for foreign firms
The New York Times, December 27, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/business/china-technology-security-review.html?_r=0

Related:
China’s cyber strategy stresses securing infrastructure
The Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2016
http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-cyber-strategy-stresses-securing-infrastructure-1482842486

Commentary(评论)

Disappearance of Chinese human rights lawyer: what it means to be placed under “residential surveillance” in China
Jerome A. Cohen Blog, December 26, 2016
http://www.jeromecohen.net/jerrys-blog/disappearance-of-chinese-human-rights-lawyer

China’s stringent cyber security law: technological and human rights implications for the world
New Delhi Times, December 26, 2016
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/chinas-stringent-cyber-security-law-technological-and-human-rights-implications-for-the-world123/

Hong Kong’s Basic Law according to the Theory of Legal Origins
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/business/article/2057386/hong-kongs-basic-law-according-theory-legal-origins

Friday, December 23, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese lawyers demand action to clear smog
中国律师起诉地方政府治霾不力
The Financial Times, December 22, 2016
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/14038316-c740-11e6-8f29-9445cac8966f
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001070671

修《警察法》引争议 中国应否扩大警察“开枪权” (Draft "Police Law" stirs controversy: Should China expand police’s “right to shoot”?)
Radio Free Asia, December 22, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/hc-12222016104753.html

Related:
China: Draft police law entrenches abuses
Human Rights Watch, December 21, 2016
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/12/21/china-draft-police-law-entrenches-abuses

“A notice to foreign forces: We’ve captured Jiang Tianyong!”—Video denigrates human rights lawyer
China Change, December 22, 2016
https://chinachange.org/2016/12/22/a-notice-to-foreign-forces-weve-captured-jiang-tianyong-video-denigrates-human-rights-lawyer/

Related:
Wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer hits out at Party video
Radio Free Asia, December 22, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-beatings-12222016095715.html

The hidden cost of settling yet another labor dispute
China Labor Bulletin, December 23, 2016
http://www.clb.org.hk/content/hidden-cost-settling-yet-another-labour-dispute

China rights website founder arrested for leaking state secrets, says Amnesty
South China Morning Post, December 22, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2056584/china-rights-website-founder-arrested-leaking-state

Tibetan protest monk released after serving full term in jail
Radio Free Asia, December 22, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/term-12222016125639.html

Access to Information

Access to Information (信息公开)

成都人权活动人士黄琦被泄密罪批捕 (Formal arrest approved for Huang Qi, founder of “64 Tianwang” website, on charge of “leaking state secrets”)
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 21, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/chinese-news-38404043

“No ghosts. No gay love stories. No nudity”: tales of film-making in China
The Guardian, September 22, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/sep/22/tales-of-film-making-in-china-hollywood-hong-kong

Chinese propaganda video warns of West’s “devilish claws”
中国网络热传视频渲染“颜色革命”威胁
The New York Times, December 22, 2016
EN: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/world/asia/china-video-communist-party.html
CH: http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20161223/china-video-communist-party/zh-hant/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China extends its clampdown on foreign nonprofits
Voice of America, December 21, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/china-international-nonprofit-groups-foreign-influence/3645515.html

中国政府公布境外非政府组织可从事的活动清单 (Chinese government issues list of approved NGO activities)
Radio Free Asia, December 21, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/zhengzhi/nu-12212016145559.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

云南一新建学校墙体现大面积裂纹 校方称安全无影响引质疑 (Walls of new school in Yunnan covered in cracks, casting doubt in safety claims by school officials)
Radio Free Asia, December 22, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/kejiaowen/yf1-12222016104403.html

中国国家电网App泄千万个资 隐私打包贱卖网民呼吁“人肉”官员 (Leaked information of millions of State Grid Corporation of China app users is sold online, netizens suggest using same platform to expose officials’ assets)
Radio Free Asia, December 22, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/xl1-12222016101140.html

China military to hold secret anti-graft inspections over holidays
Reuters, December 22, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence-corruption-idUSKBN14B132

Hong Kong (香港)

香港特首选举制度 中港学生观点迥异 (Views of Hong Kong and mainland students divided on how Hong Kong’s Chief Executive is to be elected)
Radio Free Asia, December 22, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/wsw-12222016104649.html

Mainland No 3 official, CY Leung hold private meeting in Beijing
South China Morning Post, December 22, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2056533/carrie-lam-denies-beijing-visit-chief-executive-bid-says

Fund established to support four pro-democracy lawmakers targeted in gov’t legal action
Hong Kong Free Press, December 22, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/22/fund-established-to-support-four-pro-democracy-lawmakers-targeted-in-govt-legal-action/

Commentary (评论)

Prison laborers in China endure unimaginable suffering to produce holiday lights
The Washington Post, December 21, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2016/12/21/prison-laborers-in-china-endure-unimaginable-suffering-to-produce-holiday-lights/

Trump’s win “a lesson to China” to listen to “silent majority” online
Reuters, December 22, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-crime-corruption-idUSKBN14B0RR

时事大家谈: 2016中国法制严重倒退? (Current Affairs Discussion: Did China’s legal system seriously regress in 2016?)
Voice of America, December 21, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/io-20161221-interviews-chen-guangcheng-china-rights/3645216.html

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Activist, writer held on spying, subversion charges in China's Sichuan
Radio Free Asia, December 21, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-writer-held-on-spying-subversion-charges-in-chinas-sichuan-12212016110458.html

China to try one rights lawyer as European diplomats visit family of another
Radio Free Asia, December 21, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyers-trials-12212016123537.html

4 in China cleared after 2 successful death sentence appeals
The Washington Post, December 22, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/4-in-china-cleared-after-2-successful-death-sentence-appeals/2016/12/22/3c361a44-c810-11e6-acda-59924caa2450_story.html

广东乌坎9村民被控“非法集会游行” 集体受审 (9 Wukan villagers charged with “illegal assembly” in a joint trial)
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-12202016115313.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

“六四天网”创办人黄琦被当局指控非法泄漏国家机密 (Huang Qi, founder of “64 Tianwang” website, charged with illegally “leaking state secrets”)
Radio France Internationale, December 21, 2016
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20161221-“六四天网”创办人黄琦被当局指控非法泄漏国家机密

中国政府利用打黄扫非限制民众利用互联网直播平台 (Chinese government uses excuse of “cleaning up Internet porn” to restrict citizens from publishing “unofficial” videos on social media)
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/meiti/hc-12202016114950.html

中国公布对境外NGO的业务主管单位名录 (China releases directory of professional supervisory units for overseas NGOs)
Voice of America, December 21, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/china-foreign-ngos-20161221/3644197.html

Related:
China details operating areas for foreign NGOs under new law
Reuters, December 21, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-lawmaking-ngos-idUSKBN14A1HR

Independent journalism in China struggles to survive
The Diplomat, December 21, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/independent-journalism-in-china-struggles-to-survive/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

“Airpocalypse”: dirties credibility of Chinese government
South China Morning Post, December 21, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2056404/airpocalypse-dirties-credibility-chinese-government

China foreign minister says U.S. ties face new uncertainties
Reuters, December 21, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-idUSKBN14B0AA

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China invents the digital totalitarian state
The Economist, December 15, 2016
http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21711902-worrying-implications-its-social-credit-project-china-invents-digital-totalitarian

China’s digital dictatorship: Worrying experiments with a new form of social control
The Economist, December 17, 2016
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21711904-worrying-experiments-new-form-social-control-chinas-digital-dictatorship

Hong Kong (香港)

警察之都:香港拟增千警对付示威者 (Hong Kong to increase police presence to deal with demonstrators)
Radio France Internationale, December 21, 2016
http://cn.rfi.fr/政治/20161221-警察之都:香港拟增千警对付示威者

China’s Public Security Ministry labels Hong Kong democracy activists “foreign proxies”
South China Morning Post, December 21, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2056387/chinas-public-security-ministry-labels-hong-kong

Commentary (评论)

Did Oslo kowtow to Beijing?
ChinaFile, December 21, 2016
http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/did-oslo-kowtow-beijing

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

欧盟四国外交官探访江天勇家人 “709”家属李文足声讨郭声琨 (Diplomats from 4 EU countries visit Jiang Tianyong’s family members, Li Wenzu, wife of "709" victim Wang Quanzhang denounces Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun)
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/xl2-12202016105317.html

709大抓捕:律师会见受阻 李和平妻子亲任辩护为夫申冤 (709 crackdown: Wife of lawyer Li Heping, Wang Qiaoling, to defend husband in court after he is obstructed from meeting with lawyers)
Radio Free Asia, December 20, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ml2-12202016112025.html

Chinese dissident finds home too dangerous, but he may go to Syria
Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2016
https://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/chinese-dissident-finds-home-too-dangerous-but-he-may-go-to-syria/

China moves ahead with trials of rebel villagers in secret
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-moves-ahead-with-trials-of-rebel-villagers-in-secret-12202016110611.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Press authority restricts online video circulation on social media
Caixin, December 20, 2016
http://www.caixinglobal.com/2016-12-20/101029052.html

Related:
国家新闻出版广电总局发布微博、微信等网络社交平台传播视听节目的管理规定 (SAPPRFT to further regulate dissemination of audio and visual materials on social media)
State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, December 16, 2016
http://www.sarft.gov.cn/art/2016/12/16/art_113_32237.html

SAPPRFT further limits use of social media
China Law Translate, December 18, 2016
http://chinalawtranslate.com/sapprft-further-limits-use-of-social-media/?lang=en

China restricts sharing of “unofficial” videos on social media
The Guardian, December 21, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/21/china-restricts-sharing-of-unofficial-videos-on-social-media

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Catalog of Fields and Projects for Foreign NGOs with Activities in China, and Directory of Professional Supervisory Units (2017)
境外非政府组织在中国境内活动领域和项目目录、业务主管单位名录(2017)
The Ministry of Public Security of the PRC, December 20, 2016
EN: http://bit.ly/2i4LxV2
CH: http://www.mps.gov.cn/n2254314/n2254409/n4904353/c5579013/content.html

Artist Liu Bolin live streams Beijing smog to raise awareness
Voice of America, December 19, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/liu-bolin-live-streams-beijing-smog-to-raise-awareness/3643170.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国严重雾霾波及近5亿人 (China's severe smog affecting nearly 500 million people)
Financial Times, December 20, 2016
http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001070643

China tightens financial oversight on military after scandals
Reuters, December 21, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence-corruption-idUSKBN14A072

Former senior Chinese official jailed for life for graft
Voice of America, December 20, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/former-senior-chinese-official-jailed-for-life-for-graft/3643370.html

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s anticorruption drive ensnares the lowly and rattles families
The Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2016
http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-anticorruption-drive-ensnares-the-lowly-and-rattles-families-1482248291

Hong Kong (香港)

Competitive, democratic elections could lead to separatism, ex-Hong Kong chief Tung Chee-hwa claims
Hong Kong Free Press, December 20, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/20/competitive-democratic-elections-could-lead-to-separatism-ex-hong-kong-chief-tung-chee-hwa-claims/

Commentary (评论)

記在The 4th Chinese LGBT Conference之後——關於我個人參與運動的初衷與反思 (My intentions for and reflections on participating in the 4th Chinese LGBT Conference)
InMediaHK, December 14, 2016
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1046557

Christmas in the People’s Daily
China Media Project, December 21, 2016
http://cmp.hku.hk/2016/12/21/40039/

China’s “social credit” system: Turning big data into mass surveillance
The Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2016
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/12/21/chinas-social-credit-system-turning-big-data-into-mass-surveillance/

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

王峭岭获奖 (Wang Qiaoling collects award)
YouTube, December 16, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek_LwEF9PAE&feature=youtu.be

Related:
Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers, Defenders and International Reactions: A Brief Chronology
Human Rights in China, September 13, 2016
http://www.hrichina.org/en/mass-crackdown-chinese-lawyers-defenders-and-international-reactions-brief-chronology

Access to Information (信息公开)

Phrase of the week: Smog the people
China Digital Times, December 16, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/phrase-week-smog-people/

China bans user-made, “unlicensed” video, audio from social media
Radio Free Asia, December 19, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/video-ban-12192016103336.html

China’s dodgy data: A rational response to a skewed system, report says
The Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2016
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/12/20/chinas-dodgy-data-a-rational-response-to-a-skewed-system-report-says/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese authorities are burying their heads not in sand, but in smog
Global Voices, December 19, 2016
https://globalvoices.org/2016/12/19/chinese-authorities-are-burying-their-heads-not-in-sand-but-in-smog/

Related:
全国过半省份遭“霾伏” 多地PM2.5爆表 (Half of provinces nationwide experience heavy smog with off-the-charts PM2.5 Air Quality Index)
Legal Daily, December 20, 2016
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2016-12/20/content_6924011.htm?node=5955a>

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

Under the guise of public safety, China demolishes thousands of mosques
Radio Free Asia, December 19, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/udner-the-guise-of-public-safety-12192016140127.html

China doesn’t mind Islamic extremists
Foreign Policy, December 16, 2016
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/12/16/china-doesnt-mind-islamic-extremists/

Hong Kong (香港)

2016:香港政治动荡持续的一年 (2016: One year of political turmoil in Hong Kong)
Deutsche Welle, December 18, 2016
http://bit.ly/2h5mWhf

Interview: What happened, and what’s next, for ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Baggio Leung
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/18/interview-what-happened-and-whats-next-for-ousted-hong-kong-lawmaker-baggio-leung/

Hong Kong’s leader, loyal to a fault
The New York Times, December 18, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/opinion/hong-kongs-leader-loyal-to-a-fault.html

Commentary (评论)

Liu Ermu: Political prisoners are not criminals
China Digital Times, December 19, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/liu-ermu-political-prisoners-not-criminals/

Inclusiveness might be more important than democracy in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, December 20, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2055989/inclusiveness-might-be-more-important-democracy-hong-kong

Monday, December 19, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China police confirm detention of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong
The Guardian, December 16, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/16/china-police-confirm-detention-of-human-rights-lawyer-jiang-tianyong

Related:
律师江天勇"认罪" 家属指疑点重重 (Lawyer Jiang Tianyong “confesses” but family remains doubtful)
Deutsche Welle, December 17, 2016
http://bit.ly/2h2rsOR

Statement concerning the disappearance of lawyer Jiang Tianyong for over six days
Human Rights in China, November 27, 2016
http://www.hrichina.org/en/citizens-square/statement-concerning-disappearance-lawyer-jiang-tianyong-over-six-days

Activists hold photo campaign to demand release of Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo
Hong Kong Free Press, December 19, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/19/activists-hold-photo-campaign-demand-release-chinese-human-rights-activist-liu-xiaobo/

Access to Information (信息公开)

The fate of press freedom in China’s era of “Reform and Opening up”: An interview with Chang Ping
China Change, December 15, 2016
https://chinachange.org/2016/12/15/the-fate-of-press-freedom-in-chinas-era-of-reform-and-opening-up-an-interview-with-chang-ping/

How China’s highly censored WeChat and Weibo fight fake news ... and other controversial content
South China Morning Post, December 16, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2055179/what-facebook-can-learn-chinas-wechat-and-weibo-how

All the news unfit to print: What Beijing quashed in 2016
Foreign Policy, December 16, 2016
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/12/16/all-the-news-unfit-to-print-what-beijing-quashed-in-2016/

Facing a transition of power, China’s Xi Jinping is more desperate than ever to control young minds
Quartz, December 19, 2016
http://qz.com/861680/facing-a-transition-of-power-xi-jinping-is-more-desperate-than-ever-to-control-young-minds/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Interview: “We called on Trump for justice in Wukan”
Radio Free Asia, December 16, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wukan-zhuang-12162016161546.html

“女权五姐妹” 郑楚然致函特朗普 倡停止性别歧视 (Zheng Churan, of “Feminist Five,” writes to Trump to advocate to end sex discrimination)
Radio Free Asia, December 16, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ml1-12162016102118.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China jails brother of former aide to Hu Jintao for graft
South China Morning Post, December 16, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2055280/china-jails-brother-former-aide-hu-jintao-graft

Another Chinese propaganda video ties mainland rights defense activism, protests in Hong Kong, and the Syrian war into one anti-U.S. narrative
China Change, December 18, 2016
https://chinachange.org/2016/12/18/another-chinese-propaganda-video-ties-mainland-rights-defense-activism-protests-in-hong-kong-and-the-syrian-war-into-one-anti-u-s-narrative/

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

New Xinjiang party boss boosts surveillance, police patrols
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/boosts-12162016145709.html

Hong Kong (香港)

香港活动人士蔡耀昌被禁廿载终于获准去广州 (Hong Kong activist Richard Tsoi, forbidden from entering mainland for 20 years, finally allowed to go to Guangzhou)
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 18, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/chinese-news-38359712

China’s top man in Hong Kong travels to Beijing as rumors swirl that he may be removed
Hong Kong Free Press, December 16, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/16/chinas-top-man-in-hong-kong-travels-to-beijing-as-rumours-swirl-that-he-may-be-removed/

Friday, December 16, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

China takes action on thousands of websites for “harmful,” obscene content
Reuters, December 15, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-idUSKBN1441GK

Related:
中国关闭数千“有害”网站制定视频直播新规 (China shuts down thousands of “harmful” websites and sets new restrictions on live-streaming)
Voice of America, December 16, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/news-china-internet-20161215/3637715.html

凤凰网“严重违法违规” 北京网信办责令整改 (Phoenix website (ifeng) in "serious violation of the law," Beijing Internet Information Office orders rectification)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/meiti/yf2-12142016102407.html

Popular Chinese Muslim website down after posting letter critical of Xi
转发致习近平公开信 穆斯林网站被封
Reuters, December 14, 2016
EN:http://www.reuters.com/article/uk-china-censorship-islam-idUSKBN1431LC
CH:http://bit.ly/2hmuPzn

Related:
中国最大穆斯林网站中穆网被封 (The most popular Chinese Muslim website is down)
Radio France Internationale, December 15, 2016
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20161215-中国最大穆斯林网站中穆网被封

VOA连线(王亚秋):报告:中国关押记者人数世界第二多(CPJ Annual Report: Number of journalists detained in China is 2nd largest in world)
Voice of America, December 14, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/VOAWeishi-20161214-VOAConnects/3635890.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese activist Zheng Churan: “Hey Trump, feminists are watching you”
中国女权活动人士:特朗普,我们在盯着你
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 16, 2016
EN: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38325121
CH: http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/chinese-news-38328603

上海千余名知青上访 要求政府落实养老保障 (Over 1000 “educated youth” who returned to Shanghai after being sent to countryside during the Cultural Revolution, petition government to provide them more livable social security benefits)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ml2-12142016102535.html

"不上床就下岗" 八成职场性骚扰来自上司 ("Don’t go to bed, get laid-off," supervisors responsible for 80% of workplace sexual harassment)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yl-12142016115526.html

中国境外NGO管理法生效在即多家机构或撤出 (With the Foreign NGO Management Law’s impending implementation, numerous organizations might withdraw from China)
Voice of America, December 16, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/news-china-foreign-ngo-20161215/3637607.html

Hundreds of Mao's Cultural Revolution “urban youth” protest over low pensions
Radio Free Asia, December 15, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hundreds-of-maos-cultural-revolution-urban-youth-protest-over-low-pensions-12152016105823.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese official’s wife jailed for taking 1.5 million yuan of bribes in new vaccine scandal
South China Morning Post, December 15, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2054876/chinese-officials-wife-jailed-taking-15-million-yuan

Too big, too Leninist—a China crisis is a matter of time
The Financial Times, December 13, 2016
https://www.ft.com/content/6a1b4010-be4c-11e6-8b45-b8b81dd5d080

China says justice ministry official probed for suspected graft
Reuters, December 15, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-corruption-idUSKBN14503G

年终报道:2016,信仰仍在风雨中飘摇 (Year-end report: Religions are still under repression)
Voice of America, December 16, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/yearender-china-religion-20161215/3638163.html

Hong Kong (香港)

Court postpones judicial review against four pro-democracy lawmakers
Hong Kong Free Press, December 15, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/15/court-postpones-judicial-review-four-pro-democracy-lawmakers/

Hong Kong is preparing to choose a new leader
The Economist, December 15, 2016
http://www.economist.com/news/china/21711954-only-loyalists-need-apply-hong-kong-preparing-choose-new-leader

Related:
“Winning back Hong Kong”: Regina Ip joins leadership race, pledges to enact controversial security law
Hong Kong Free Press, December 15, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/15/winning-back-hong-kong-regina-ip-joins-leadership-race-pledges-to-enact-controversial-security-law/

Commentary (评论)

Yan Xin: Opposition and the legitimacy of state power
China Digital Times, December 14, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/yan-xin-%e7%87%95%e8%96%aa-opposition-legitimacy-state-power/

年终报道:习近平来年面临严峻挑战 (Year-end report: Xi Jinping is facing severe challenges next year)
Voice of America, December 16, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/china-politics-year-ender-20161215/3638128.html

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese police admit detaining missing activist Jiang Tianyong
Hong Kong Free Press, December 15, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/15/chinese-police-admit-detaining-missing-activist-jian-tianyong/

3 Tibetans arrested for circulating self-immolation video as suicide note surfaces
Hong Kong Free Press, December 14, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/14/3-tibetans-arrested-circulating-self-immolation-video-suicide-note-surfaces/

Access to Information (信息公开)

凤凰网“严重违法违规” 北京网信办责令整改 (Phoenix website (ifeng) in "serious violation of the law," Beijing Internet Information Office orders rectification)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/meiti/yf2-12142016102407.html

Chinese Muslim website blocked after Xi letter
China Digital Times, December 14, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/popular-chinese-muslim-website-blocked-xi-letter/

Related:
Popular Chinese Muslim website down after posting letter critical of Xi
转发致习近平公开信 穆斯林网站被封
Reuters, December 14, 2016
EN:http://www.reuters.com/article/uk-china-censorship-islam-idUSKBN1431LC
CH:http://bit.ly/2hmuPzn

北京對藏人管制:靠信息封鎖過日子 (Beijing controls Tibetans basing on information blockade)
Radio France Internationale, December 14, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/中國/20161215-北京對藏人管制:靠信息封鎖過日子

三名藏人因涉嫌传播自焚视频被捕 (Three Tibetans arrested for spreading the video of a Tibetan’s self-immolation)
Voice of America, December 14, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/tibet-self-immolation-20161213/3635001.html

VOA连线(王亚秋):报告:中国关押记者人数世界第二多(CPJ Annual Report: Number of journalists detained in China is 2nd largest in world)
Voice of America, December 14, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/VOAWeishi-20161214-VOAConnects/3635890.html

Nassim Nicholas Taleb hits out at Chinese printers’ censorship of his book
The Guardian, December 14, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/14/nassim-nicholas-taleb-hits-out-at-chinese-printers-censorship-of-his-book

Miss World contestant who challenged China is allowed to speak once more
The New York Times, December 14, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/world/asia/anastasia-lin-miss-world-china-canada.html

China holds 38 journalists behind bars in 2016: Press freedom group
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-holds-38-journalists-behind-bars-in-2016-press-freedom-group-12142016104803.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

上海千余名知青上访 要求政府落实养老保障 (Over 1000 “educated youth” who returned to Shanghai after being sent to countryside during the Cultural Revolution, petition government to provide them more livable social security benefits)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ml2-12142016102535.html

"不上床就下岗" 八成职场性骚扰来自上司 ("Don’t go to bed, get laid-off," supervisors responsible for 80% of workplace sexual harassment)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yl-12142016115526.html

Choking on smog, China’s urban dwellers emerge in protest
China Change, December 14, 2016
https://chinachange.org/2016/12/14/choking-on-smog-middle-class-protests-emerge/

Larung Gar teachers visit nuns housed in temporary camp
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/visit-12142016151721.html

New Chinese law puts foreign nonprofits in limbo
The Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2016
http://www.wsj.com/articles/foreign-nonprofits-brace-for-new-regulations-in-china-1481735054

人权日及南京大屠杀公祭日被拘 民间演说家韩良怒斥公安无良 (Detained for activities on Human Rights Day and Nanjing Massacre memorial day, civil public speaker Han Liang condemns ruthlessness of the public security)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-12142016102149.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Communist Party mouthpiece quotes China Daily as “foreign media” to reassure public over slowing economy
South China Morning Post, December 14, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2054515/communist-party-mouthpiece-quotes-china-daily-foreign-media

China jails former Nanjing city chief for 12 years for graft
Reuters, December 14, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-corruption-court-idUSKBN1430TA

國台辦不反對九二共識之外的新共識但核心需同屬一中 (China’s Taiwan Affairs Office does not oppose new consensuses other than the “1992 consensus,” so long as the core principle is “One China”)
Radio France Internationale, December 15, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/中國/20161215-國台辦不反對九二共識之外的新共識但核心需同屬一中

Hong Kong (香港)

独派香港民族党领袖遭台湾统派围攻 台湾政府与民间团体谴责暴力 (Leaders of separatist Hong Kong National Party assaulted by unificationists in Taiwan—Taiwan government and rights groups condemn the violence)
Radio Free Asia, December 13, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/hx-12132016132336.html

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Open to negotiation? A review of China’s abridged Criminal Procedures
China Law Translate, December 13, 2016
http://chinalawtranslate.com/open-to-negotiation/?lang=en#_Toc469406025

Access to Information (信息公开)

新疆通过防治网络“虚假”和“有害”信息的条例 (Standing Committee of 12th People's Congress for XUAR adopts regulations on control and punishment of online transmission of “false” information)
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/nu-12122016115249.html

Related:
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Regulations on Control and Punishment of Online Transmission of False Information
China Law Translate, December 7, 2016
http://bit.ly/2hrybOT

Pageant silences beauty queen, a critic of China, at U.S. contest
The New York Times, December 13, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/world/asia/anastasia-lin-miss-world-china-censorship.html

China’s Internet censors crack down on news portal over U.S. election coverage
South China Morning Post, December 13, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2054252/chinas-internet-censors-crack-down-news-portal-over-us

Chengdu authorities clamp down on air pollution reporting following protests
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/13/chengdu-authorities-clamp-down-on-air-pollution-reporting-following-protests/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Don't spread “straight-man cancer,” China feminist warns Trump
The Guardian, December 14, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/dont-spread-straight-man-cancer-china-feminist-warns-trump

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China dismisses critics’ Human Rights Day statements
China Digital Times, December 13, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/china-dismisses-critics-human-rights-day-statements/

Self-immolator’s wife, daughters “tortured” in detention
Radio Free Asia, December 13, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/tortured-12132016135235.html

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

Uyghur farmers sent to school in China “anti-extremism” drive
Radio Free Asia, December 13, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/school-12132016172810.html

Hong Kong (香港)

Localist duo “confident” Hong Kong’s highest court will hear their appeal over oath row
Hong Kong Free Press, December 14, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/14/localist-duo-confident-hong-kongs-highest-court-will-hear-their-appeal-over-oath-row/

Related:
香港立法會宣誓風波:梁頌恆游蕙禎決定上訴終審法院 (Oath-taking row: Leung and Yau to take their case to the Court of Final Appeal)
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 14, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-38311691

港媒問:張曉明去了哪? (Hong Kong media asks: Where is Zhang Xiaoming, the director of the Liaison Office?)
Radio France Internationale, December 14, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/中國/20161214-港媒問:張曉明去了哪?

政府辦回歸20周年海報設計及短片比賽 加強市民對港歸屬感 (Hong Kong government organizes “Poster design and video competitions in celebration of HKSAR's 20th anniversary” to strengthen citizens’ sense of belonging)
Ming Pao, December 14, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161214/s00001/1481702872957

民陣元旦遊行「反釋法、撤覆核、我要真普選」 盼傘後專業團體參與 (Civil Human Rights Front organizes New Year’s Day march protesting NPC interpretation of Basic Law, calling for withdrawal of legal challenge to lawmakers’ oath-taking and demanding for “genuine universal suffrage,” hoping more post-Umbrella professional groups will join)
Ming Pao, December 14, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161214/s00001/1481704449433

Lesson for Trump in Hong Kong: try to bounce China at your peril
The Financial Times, December 12, 2016
https://www.ft.com/content/901ca766-c038-11e6-9bca-2b93a6856354

Commentary (评论)

Ai Weiwei and the art of activism
Village Voice, December 13, 2016
http://www.villagevoice.com/arts/ai-weiwei-and-the-art-of-activism-9453819

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Heart, brain of Chinese dissident removed amid suspicions over cause of death
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/pengming-organs-12122016134006.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

新書被要求改「中國台灣」 《黑天鵝》作者轟:在美國銷售卻由中國審查 (Author of “The Black Swan” Nassim Nicholas Taleb asked to change “Taiwan” into “China, Taiwan” in new book printed in China, author resists and hits back: book to be sold in the U.S. is not to be censored by China)
Ming Pao, December 13, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161213/s00004/1481601679089

Minitrue: Notice on Chengdu environmental coverage
China Digital Times, December 12, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/minitrue-urgent-notice-chengdu-environmental-coverage/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China riot police seal off city center after smog protesters put masks on statues
The Guardian, December 12, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/12/china-riot-police-seal-off-city-centre-after-smog-protesters-put-masks-on-statues

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Passports taken, more police ... new party boss Chen Quanguo acts to tame Xinjiang with methods used in Tibet
South China Morning Post, December 12, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2053739/party-high-flier-uses-his-tibet-model-bid-tame-xinjiang

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

China cyber: Stepping into the shoes of a “major power”
The Diplomat, December 13, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/china-cyber-stepping-into-the-shoes-of-a-major-power/

Hong Kong (香港)

Breaking: Hong Kong’s ousted lawmakers to take legal battle to Court of Final Appeal
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/13/breaking-hong-kongs-ousted-lawmakers-to-take-legal-battle-to-court-of-final-appeal/

HK becoming China, veteran mainland journalist laments
Hong Kong Economic Journal, December 9, 2016
http://www.ejinsight.com/20161209-hk-becoming-china-veteran-mainland-journalist-laments/

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing Chief Executive is leaving. But there are plenty more where he came from
Global Voices, December 12, 2016
https://globalvoices.org/2016/12/12/hong-kongs-pro-beijing-chief-executive-is-leaving-but-there-are-plenty-more-where-he-came-from/

Hong Kong pro-democracy groups make record gains
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 12, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38286355

Video: Localist lawmaker and pro-Beijing lawmaker share a moment at LegCo meeting
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/13/video-localist-lawmaker-pro-beijing-lawmaker-share-moment-legco-meeting/

鼓吹港獨香港民族黨黨員在台灣遇襲 (Members of separatist Hong Kong National Party assaulted in Taiwan)
Radio France Internationale, December 13, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/中國/20161213-鼓吹港獨香港民族黨黨員在台灣遇襲

Avoid using “mainland mentality” to tackle Hong Kong problems, Chinese scholar urges Beijing
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/13/avoid-using-mainland-mentality-to-tackle-hong-kong-problems-chinese-scholar-urges-beijing/

港大民調:梁振英袁國強評分跌至上任最低 (HKU Public Opinion Programme: Chief Executive CY Leung and Justice Sec Rimsky Yuen ratings lowest since taking office)
Ming Pao, December 13, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161213/s00001/1481616141547

Commentary (评论)

How Xi Jinping can avoid becoming a dictator
The New York Times, December 12, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/opinion/how-xi-jinping-can-avoid-becoming-a-dictator.html

Monday, December 12, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tibetan father of three self-immolates in Gansu
China Digital Times, December 9, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/tibetan-father-three-self-immolates-gansu/

Wives of detained Chinese rights lawyers demand answers
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 9, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38259063

China puts dissidents under house arrest for Human Rights Day
Radio Free Asia, December 9, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/dissidents-detain-12092016141330.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Translation: Game developers lament censors’ demands
China Digital Times, December 11, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/translation-game-developers-lament-censors-demands/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader says he will not seek re-election
The New York Times, December 9, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/world/asia/hong-kong-cy-leung-reelection.html

China slaps ban on new students at Larung Gar Tibetan Academy
Radio Free Asia, December 9, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/ban-12092016104543.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Human Rights Day: U.S. and E.U. call on China to release political prisoners
The Guardian, December 10, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/dec/10/human-rights-day-us-and-eu-call-on-china-to-release-political-prisoners

Related:
欧盟对中国人权恶化感到“极端困扰” (E.U.: “Extremely troubled” about the deterioration of the China’s human rights situation)
Voice of America, December 10, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/news-china-rights-eu-20161208/3629955.html

國際筆會百餘作家簽聯名信呼籲中國停止打壓人權 (PEN International groups over 100 writers to sign joint petition urging China to stop clamping down on human rights)
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 10, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-38273841

In graft fight, China makes it harder to move capital, people overseas
Reuters, December 9, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-corruption-idUSKBN13Y16F

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China riot police seal off city center after smog protesters put masks on statues
The Guardian, December 12, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/12/china-riot-police-seal-offcity-centre-after-smog-protesters-put-masks-on-statues

Xinjiang, tense Chinese region, adopts strict Internet controls
新疆网络管控新规严惩“虚假信息”
The New York Times, December 10, 2016
EN: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/10/world/asia/xinjiang-china-uighur-internet-controls.html
CH: http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20161212/xinjiang-china-uighur-internet-controls/

Hong Kong (香港)

傳真社:WeChat、淘寶支付程式記錄手機敏感資料 可傳到內地伺服器 (FactWire: Mainland China developed payment applications such as WeChat and Taobao can record sensitive information from phones and can transmit to mainland servers)
Ming Pao, December 10, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161210/s00001/1481342038164

First int’l human rights film festival run by mainland NGO launches in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, December 10, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/10/first-intl-human-rights-film-festival-run-by-mainland-ngo-launches-in-hong-kong/

Is this proof Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Protests” failed?
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 11, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-38251592

“One country, two systems” and a vicious circle in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, December 10, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2053388/one-country-two-systems-and-vicious-circle-hong-kong

Hong Kong’s fears for its freedoms can inspire an arts and culture boom
South China Morning Post, December 9, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2053230/hong-kongs-fears-its-freedoms-can-inspire-arts-and-culture

In Pictures: Around 1000 protest crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers as election race hots up
Hong Kong Free Press, December 10, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/10/pictures-around-1000-protest-crackdown-pro-democracy-lawmakers-election-race-hots/

Commentary (评论)

Time for China to release writers, journalists and activists
The Guardian, December 10, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/10/time-for-china-to-release-writers-journalists-and-activists

Friday, December 09, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

What happened to China's arrested rights lawyers?
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 9, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38250590

Tibetans given long jail terms for celebrating Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday
Hong Kong Free Press, December 8, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/08/tibetans-given-long-jail-terms-celebrating-dalai-lamas-80th-birthday/

Xi Jinping T-shirt activist confirmed held in Northeast China Detention Center
Radio Free Asia, December 8, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/xi-jinping-tshirt-activist-confirmed-held-in-northeast-china-detention-center-12082016110338.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Oscar push for documentary puts Chinese activist “Hooligan Sparrow” in the spotlight
South China Morning Post, December 9, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2053044/oscar-push-documentary-puts-chinese-activist-spotlight

China imposes hefty fines for fake or harmful news in Xinjiang
Reuters, December 8, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang-idUSKBN13X17R

China's Xi calls for universities' allegiance to the Communist Party
Reuters, December 9, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-education-idUSKBN13Y0B5

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

藏人组织:藏区又发生抗议自焚事件 (Free Tibet: Another protester self-immolates)
Voice of America, December 9, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/protesters-call-for-freedom-20161208/3628505.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China vows to punish local government officials for forging economic data
South China Morning Post, December 8, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2052949/china-vows-punish-local-government-officials-forging

Song Lin, former chairman of China Resources, is formally charged with corruption
South China Morning Post, December 8, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2052971/song-lin-former-chairman-china-resources-formally

2 ex-Chinese diplomats charged with running forced-labor ring
The New York Times, December 8, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/nyregion/2-ex-chinese-diplomats-charged-forced-labor-ring.html

U.S. lawmakers, Chinese dissidents ask Trump to pressure Beijing on rights
Voice of America, December 8, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/china-us-relations-trump-pressure-dissidents-branstad/3628824.html

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China universities must become Communist party “strongholds,” says Xi Jinping
The Guardian, December 9, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/china-universities-must-become-communist-party-strongholds-says-xi-jinping

Hong Kong (香港)

北京不同意 梁振英悵然宣布不競選連任 (Without endorsement from Beijing, CY Leung will not seek re-election)
Radio France Internationale, December 9, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/中國/20161209-北京不同意-梁振英悵然宣布不競選連任

Related:
Almost 70% Hongkongers oppose re-election of CY Leung, Democratic Party poll suggests
Hong Kong Free Press, December 9, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/09/almost-70-hongkongers-oppose-re-election-cy-leung-democratic-party-poll-suggests/

【短片:朱經緯涉打人】投訴警察課擬以濫權代毆打指控 黎棟國:雙方就證據交換意見正常不過 ([Former superintendent Franklin Chu’s alleged violence] Complaints Against Police Office changes “assault” allegation to less serious “unauthorized use of authority,” Security Sec Lai Tung-kwok says exchange of opinions between CAPO and its watchdog IPCC is simply normal)
Ming Pao, December 8, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161208/s00001/1481189843563

被取消議員資格梁頌恆收附刀片恐嚇信 (Ousted lawmaker Baggio Leung receives death threat with blade in post)
Radio France Internationale, December 9, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/政治/20161208-被取消議員資格梁頌恆收附刀片恐嚇信

港自決派黃台仰將赴台 與台獨組織交流 (Advocate of self-determination Wong Toi-yeung goes to Taiwan and will exchange with Taiwanese independence organization)
Radio France Internationale, December 9, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/中國/20161209-港自決派黃台仰將赴台-與台獨組織交流

Commentary (评论)

Time’s up: China must release imprisoned lawyer Wang Quanzhang
Hong Kong Free Press, December 9, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/09/times-china-must-release-imprisoned-lawyer-wang-quanzhang/

請梁振英不連任 為香港做一件好事(文:尹兆堅) (Pray that CY Leung won’t re-elect, for the good of Hong Kong)
Ming Pao, December 9, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161209/s00022/1481246948571

如何面對不流血的政治謀殺?(文:黎恩灝) (How to handle bloodless political murders?)
Ming Pao, December 9, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161209/s00022/1481245069844

中国能否成为国际气候治理领袖? (Can China be international climate leader?)
The Financial Times, December 9, 2016
http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001070490?full=y

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

最高法:涉家暴离婚案, 未成年子女一般不判给施暴方 (Supreme People's Court: In divorce cases involving domestic violence, custody of minors will not usually be given to perpetrator)
China News, December 1, 2016
http://www.chinanews.com/sh/2016/12-01/8080707.shtml

习近平对“五四宪法”历史资料陈列馆作出重要指示强调, 普及宪法知识增强宪法意识弘扬宪法精神推动宪法实施 (Xi Jinping at exhibition of historical materials on the "1954 Constitution": emphasizes popularizing constitutional knowledge, strengthening constitutional awareness, enriching constitutional spirit, and promoting constitutional implementation)
Legal Daily, December 5, 2016
http://epaper.legaldaily.com.cn/fzrb/content/20161205/Articel01002GN.htm

Related:
1954 Constitution of the People's Republic of China
Human Rights in China, December 5, 2016
http://www.hrichina.org/en/1954-constitution-peoples-republic-china

Human Rights Watch: Abolish inter-party secret detentions
China Digital Times, December 6, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/human-rights-watch-abolish-inter-party-secret-detention-system/

China to try top human rights lawyer, delays three other cases
Radio Free Asia, December 7, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/delays-12072016122907.html

Seven Tibetans handed long jail terms by Chinese court
Radio Free Asia, December 7, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/jail-12072016130024.html

Draft law expands Chinese police discretion on gun use
Voice of America, December 7, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/a/draft-law-expands-chinese-police-discretion-on-gun-use/3626762.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

“Hostile foreign website”: 64 Tianwang volunteers questioned after founder’s disappearance
Hong Kong Free Press, December 7, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/07/hostile-foreign-website-64-tianwang-volunteers-questioned-after-founders-disappearance/

China shuts down thousands of live stream accounts
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 7, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38232602

China statistics head acknowledges false data problems
Financial Times, December 8, 2016
https://www.ft.com/content/0361c1a4-bcfe-11e6-8b45-b8b81dd5d080

Government Accountability (政府问责)

“警察法”修订草案公开征求意见, 首次提出袭警处理 ("Police Law" draft Amendment open for public consultation, incorporates handling attacks on police for 1st time)
CCTV Online, December 5, 2016
www.ce.cn/xwzx/gnsz/gdxw/201612/05/t20161205_18393631.shtml

最高法:聂树斌案不排除指供和诱供的可能 (Supreme People's Court: Nie Shubin case does not rule out possibility of trapping or inducing people to making false confessions)
Beijing News, December 5, 2016
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2016-12-02/doc-ifxyicnf1404693.shtml

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China “willing to work with Trump on cybersecurity”
South China Morning Post, December 8, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2052881/china-willing-work-trump-cybersecurity

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong ombudsman: Government should stop stonewalling digital news outlets
The Diplomat, December 7, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/hong-kong-ombudsman-government-should-stop-stonewalling-digital-news-outlets/

Daniel Lee, independent bookseller in Hong Kong: “Our future looks very grim”
Deutsche Welle, December 6, 2016
http://www.dw.com/en/daniel-lee-independent-bookseller-in-hong-kong-our-future-looks-very-grim/a-36639482

廉署成民望最低紀律部隊 比駐港解放軍還差 (Hong Kong corruption watchdog ICAC rated worst among disciplined services, even less popular than People’s Liberation Army)
Radio France Internationale, December 7, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/政治/20161207-廉署成民望最低紀律部隊-比駐港解放軍還差

Commentary (评论)

當梁振英稱呼你為「朋友」(文﹕蔡子強) (When CY Leung calls you “friend”)
Ming Pao, December 8, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161208/s00022/1481163410440

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

UN fears Chinese human rights lawyer has been “disappeared” by authorities
The Guardian, December 6, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/06/un-human-rights-china-missing-lawyer-jiang-tianyong

Related:
聯合國促中國調查人權活動人士江天勇下落 (UN human rights experts demand China to investigate the whereabouts of rights defender Jiang Tianyong)
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 6, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-38228457

UN experts urge China to investigate disappearance of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, December 6, 2016
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20987&LangID=E

709大抓捕:李和平被起诉 谢燕益、王全璋、李春富案均再次退补 (709 crackdown: Li Heping accused; Xie Yanyi, Wang Quanzhang and Li Chunfu cases investigation period extended again)
Radio Free Asia, December 6, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf2-12062016104420.html

Related:
Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers, Defenders and International Reactions: A Brief Chronology
Human Rights in China, September 13, 2016
http://www.hrichina.org/en/mass-crackdown-chinese-lawyers-defenders-and-international-reactions-brief-chronology

Beijing court issues first domestic violence protection order to male victim
Hong Kong Free Press, December 7, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/07/beijing-court-issues-first-domestic-violence-protection-order-to-male-victim/

China releases second Tibetan tied to self-immolation protest
Radio Free Asia, December 6, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/releases-12062016151351.html