Friday, March 11, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

14部新法将于今年制定 (14 new laws to be drafted in 2016)
Legal Daily, March 10, 2016
http://epaper.legaldaily.com.cn/fzrb/content/20160310/Articel01004GN.htm

行政强制措施存在滥用代罚问题, 杨克勤代表建议立法授权检察机关进行监督 (Administrative coercive measures being misused as punishment, NPC delegate Yang Keqin suggests authorizing procuratorial supervision by law)
Legal Daily, March 11, 2016
http://epaper.legaldaily.com.cn/fzrb/content/20160310/Articel02005GN.htm

山东:法援之光照向更多特困群体 (Shandong: Shining the light of legal aid on even more especially impoverished groups)
Legal Daily, March 10, 2016
http://epaper.legaldaily.com.cn/fzrb/content/20160310/Articel02009GN.htm

Related:
北京:困难群体法援绿色通道通畅 (Beijing: legal aid fast lane for disadvantaged groups flows smoothly)
Legal Daily, March 10, 2016
http://epaper.legaldaily.com.cn/fzrb/content/20160310/Articel02008GN.htm

Chinese crackdown on lawyers and activists is criticized at U.N.
The New York Times, March 11, 2016
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/world/asia/un-panel-condemns-chinese-crackdown-on-lawyers-and-activists.html

Related:
Item 2: Joint Statement—Human Rights Situation in China
Mission of the U.S. to the U.N. in Geneva, March 10, 2016
https://geneva.usmission.gov/2016/03/10/item-2-joint-statement-human-rights-situation-in-china/

China accuses U.S. of rape and murder after criticism of human rights record
The Guardian, March 10, 2016
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/10/china-attacks-us-hypocrisy-un-human-rights-council

Access to Information (信息公开)

信息公开诉讼无须举报前置 (Filing complaint not a prerequisite for Open Government Information lawsuits)
Jinan Times, March 10, 2016
http://news.163.com/16/0310/14/BHQ75F2H00014Q4P.html

“Only democracy can cure corruption”: Chinese magazine publishes Party member’s speech amid censorship battle
Hong Kong Free Press, March 11, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/03/11/only-democracy-can-cure-corruption-chinese-magazine-publishes-party-members-speech-amid-censorship-battle/

Hong Kong’s SCMP is being blocked in China for cheering on Xi Jinping
Quartz, March 10, 2016
http://qz.com/635915/hong-kongs-scmp-is-being-blocked-in-china-for-cheering-on-xi-jinping/

How a New York art show about Chinese online censorship found itself censored
The Washington Post, March 11, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/03/11/how-a-new-york-art-show-about-chinese-online-censorship-found-itself-censored/

Chinese official: No Western values in the classroom…Except for Marxism
The Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2016
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/03/10/chinese-official-no-western-values-in-the-classroom-except-for-marxism/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

石家庄中院发布妇女维权典型案例 (Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court issues typical women's rights cases)
Legal Daily, March 10, 2016
http://epaper.legaldaily.com.cn/fzrb/content/20160310/Articel03006GN.htm

China set to introduce charity law though some unlikely to benefit
Reuters, March 10, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-parliament-charities-idUSKCN0WC0UB

Related:
HRIC Law Note: Draft Law on Foreign NGOs Undermines Chinese Civil Society and China’s International Engagement
中国人权法律评论:境外非政府组织管理法草案损害了中国的民间社会和中国政府的国际参与
Human Rights in China, May 5, 2015
EN: http://www.hrichina.org/en/legal-resources/hric-law-note-draft-law-foreign-ngos-undermines-chinese-civil-society-and-chinas
CH: http://www.hrichina.org/chs/zhong-guo-ren-quan-fa-lu-ping-lun-jing-wai-fei-zheng-fu-zu-zhi-guan-li-fa-cao-sun-hai-liao-zhong-guo

144 self-immolations in Tibet in under a decade, say activist groups ahead of 1959 uprising anniversary
Hong Kong Free Press, March 10, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/03/10/144-self-immolations-tibet-decade-say-activist-groups-ahead-1959-uprising-anniversary/

China’s “two meetings” hear voices of dissent
The Financial Times, March 11, 2016
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/22d4a6ac-e68d-11e5-ac45-5c039e797d1c.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China wants boycott of Dalai Lama talk on Tibetan uprising date
Christian Science Monitor, March 10, 2016
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2016/0310/China-wants-boycott-of-Dalai-Lama-talk-on-Tibetan-uprising-date

张德江作全国人民代表大会常务委员会工作报告(全文) (Zhang Dejiang's “Work Report on the Work of the NPC Standing Committee (Full Text)”)
Caijing, March 10, 2016
http://politics.caijing.com.cn/20160310/4085381.shtml

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

检察机关严惩网络犯罪, 去年批捕涉嫌网络犯罪334人起诉329人 (China’s Procuratorial organs severely punish Internet crimes: 334 suspects approved for arrest and 329 prosecuted last year)
Legal Daily, March 10, 2016
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2016-03/10/content_6519680.htm

“Nailing jell-o to the wall": How China shut down the open Internet
Fast Company, March 9, 2016
http://www.fastcompany.com/3057604/nailing-jell-o-to-the-wall-how-china-shut-down-the-open-internet

Beijing puts another brick in the “Great Firewall”
Radio Free Asia, March 10, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/beijing-puts-another-brick-in-the-great-firewall-03102016115833.html

WeChat: Frenemy of Chinese activists?
The Diplomat, March 10, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/wechat-frenemy-of-chinese-activists/

Hong Kong (香港)

【高鐵撥款】陳鑑林粗暴剪布 財委會通過196億超支撥款 ([XRL financing] Chan Kam-lam crudely cuts filibustering, Finance Committee approves $2.5 billion for XRL over-expenditure)
Apple Daily, March 11, 2016
http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/realtime/news/20160311/54806247?top=4h

Related:
Chaotic scenes at LegCo as additional funds for Express Rail Link approved in sudden vote
Hong Kong Free Press, March 11, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/03/11/breaking-chaotic-scenes-at-legco-as-additional-funds-for-express-rail-link-approved-in-sudden-vote/

【高鐵撥款】警方進立會抬走示威者 聲援市民設帳篷聚集 ([XRL financing] Police enters LegCo to remove protesters, citizens coming in support gather outside LegCo with tents)
Apple Daily, March 11, 2016
http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/realtime/news/20160311/54856601?top=4h

Lee Po signed over running of Causeway Books to mystery man before going missing with other Hong Kong booksellers
South China Morning Post, March 10, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1922964/lee-po-signed-over-running-causeway-books-mystery-man-going

Two “missing” Hong Kong booksellers freed
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 11, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/35781134

Controversial books on mainland China still being published in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, March 11, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1923512/controversial-books-mainland-china-still-being-published

香港本土势力抬头 撑台独率创21年新高 (Localism rises in Hong Kong, support for Taiwan’s independence marks 21 years' new high)
Radio Free Asia, March 10, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/xl3-03102016101402.html

聯署聲明:立即開放網媒及公民記者採訪權 (Joint statement: Right to newsgathering should be immediately granted to internet media and civic journalists)
InMedia HK, March 11, 2016
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1041170

民權觀察譴責李少光於「兩會」建議香港退出聯合國《禁止酷刑公約》 (Civil Rights Observer denounces former Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee’s proposal at the “two congresses” of Hong Kong’s withdrawal from U.N. Convention Against Torture)
InMedia HK, March 11, 2016
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1041189

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

China premier urges more efforts in restive Uighur heartland
Reuters, March 10, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-parliament-xinjiang-idUSKCN0WD0B2