Thursday, January 28, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Couple’s lawsuit is first test for same-sex marriage in China
The New York Times, January 28, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/world/asia/couples-lawsuit-is-first-test-for-same-sex-marriage-in-china.html

Swedish NGO worker expresses concern for colleagues in first interview since repatriation
Hong Kong Free Press, January 27, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/27/swedish-ngo-worker-expresses-concern-for-colleagues-in-first-interview-since-repatriation/

Related:
Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers and Defenders
中国大规模镇压维权律师和活跃人士
Human Rights in China, January 27, 2016
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

Access to Information (信息公开)

中国公司购入六四照片版权 传播限制已开始 (Chinese company buys copyrights to June Fourth photos, dissemination restrictions already begun)
Voice of America, January 28, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/content/voa-news-dc-visual-china-buy-corbisimages-20160127/3165090.html

China’s economic leaders struggle to explain thinking to world
The Financial Times, January 27, 2016
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/71ad991a-c4a9-11e5-808f-8231cd71622e.html#axzz3yO0cWcuZ

State newspaper editorials do not represent official stance on bookseller case—Security Sec.
Hong Kong Free Press, January 27, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/27/sec-for-security-state-newspaper-editorials-do-not-represent-official-stance-on-bookseller-case/

China shutters Uyghur websites for “harming ethnic unity”
Radio Free Asia, January 27, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-uyghur-01272016122318.html

Missing Chinese editor's wife detained
Voice of America, January 27, 2016
http://www.voanews.com/content/missing-chinese-editor-wife-detained/3165572.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

“Over a thousand” Tibetans gather in Kardze to pray for Dalai Lama's health
Radio Free Asia, January 27, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/health-01272016133213.html

State-approved Tibetan language classes held unhindered in Tawu
Radio Free Asia, January 27, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/unhindered-01272016163421.html

人权观察指俄中惧怕挑战打压公民社会 (Human Rights Watch: Fearing challenges to authority, Russia and China cracking down on civil society)
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 27, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/world/2016/01/160127_human_rights_russa_china

Related:
Russia, China cracking down as leaders fear grip may wane - Human Rights Watch
Reuters, January 27, 2016
http://uk.reuters.com/article/global-rights-idUKKCN0V50XS

Government Accountability (政府问责)

人权观察组织:中国人权状况持续恶化 (Human Rights Watch: State of human rights in China continues to worsen)
Voice of America, January 27, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/content/voa-news-human-rights-watch-says-china-reverses-downward-rights-spiral-20160127/3164779.html

Related:
World Report 2016: “Politics of Fear” Threatens Rights
Human Rights Watch, January 27, 2016
https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/27/world-report-2016-politics-fear-threatens-rights

Senior CPC official demands Party loyalty
Xinhua, January 27, 2016
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-01/27/c_135050732.htm

Ex-Changjiang chairman falls to death amid graft probe
Caixin, January 27, 2016
http://english.caixin.com/2016-01-27/100904485.html

China admits nuclear emergency response “inadequate” as safety concerns halt construction of two Guangdong reactors
South China Morning Post, January 27, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1906287/china-admits-nuclear-emergency-response-inadequate

Studies point to inequalities that could strain Chinese society
The New York Times, January 28, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/world/asia/china-wealth-social-gap.html

Hong Kong (香港)

排名四連跌 港廉潔全球18 (Hong Kong ranks 18 in Corruption Perceptions Index, declining for fourth consecutive year since 2012)
Apple Daily, January 28, 2016
http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20160128/19469597

Related:
Corruption Perceptions Index 2015
Transparency International, January 2016
https://www.transparency.org/cpi2015

全球自由報告:台灣89分亞太排第二 香港63分部分自由 大陸16分不自由 (World Freedom Report: Taiwan “free” with a score of 89 and ranking 2nd in Asia Pacific, Hong Kong “partially free” at 63, mainland China “not free” at 16)
Mingpao, January 28, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20160128/s00001/1453943451396

Related:
Freedom in the World 2016: Anxious Dictators, Wavering Democracies: Global Freedom under Pressure
Freedom House, January 28, 2016
https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2016

人權觀察報告:京侵香港政治參與權及表達自由 (Human Rights Watch report: Beijing encroaches Hong Kong's right to political participation and freedom of expression)
Mingpao, January 28, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20160128/s00001/1453940106376

“Mob rule”: HKU vice-chancellor condemns students for surrounding governing Council meeting venue
Hong Kong Free Press, January 27, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/27/mob-rule-hku-vice-chancellor-condemns-students-for-besieging-governing-council-meeting/

Swedish police in Thailand to investigate bookseller Gui Minhai disappearance—report
Hong Kong Free Press, January 28, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/28/swedish-police-in-thailand-to-investigate-bookseller-gui-minhai-disappearance-report/

Hong Kong: Beijing opens a new chapter
The Financial Times, January 27, 2016
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b2160888-c419-11e5-808f-8231cd71622e.html

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

Chinese VPNs Using Outdated Encryption Technology
The Nanfang, Juanuary 27, 2015
https://thenanfang.com/vpn-security-may-be-compromised-suggest-google-expert/