Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

Minitrue: Filter keywords on “Xi Jinping beetle”
China Digital Times, July 12, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/07/minitrue-5/

Chinese state media melt down over South China Sea ruling
The Washington Post, July 12, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/12/chinese-state-media-melt-down-over-south-china-sea-ruling/

Related:
China censors coverage of South China Sea ruling
Hong Kong Free Press, July 12, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/07/12/china-censors-coverage-of-south-china-sea-ruling/

Reading the “Nine-Dash” line
China Media Project, July 12, 2016
http://cmp.hku.hk/2016/07/12/39819/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Larung Gar leaders urge calm as demolition appears set to proceed
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/calm-07122016125946.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s Xi Jinping rejects any action based on international court’s South China Sea ruling
South China Morning Post, July 12, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1988990/chinas-xi-jinping-rejects-any-action-based

Related:
Beijing blames Philippines for South China Sea trouble
Al Jazeera, July 13, 2016
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/beijing-blames-philippines-south-china-sea-trouble-160713041125894.html

11 detained after woman, 60, died in forced demolition of her home
South China Morning Post, July 13, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1989313/11-detained-after-woman-60-died-forced-demolition-her-home

“国际声援西藏”批评“拉萨共识”一些外国学者支持中国的宣传 (The International Campaign for Tibet criticizes “Lhasa Consensus” and some academics’ support for China’s propaganda)
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/nu-07122016115757.html

台湾公民团体联署呼吁习近平释放709维权律师 (Taiwan civil societies joint petition calls on Xi Jinping to release 709 crackdown lawyers)
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/hx-07122016115010.html

Hong Kong (香港)

廉署又一高管離職梁振英三緘其口欲蓋彌彰 (Another ICAC high ranked official quits, tight-lipped CY Leung makes it more conspicuous)
Radio France Internationale, July 13, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/政治/20160713-廉署又一高管離職梁振英三緘其口欲蓋彌彰

Returned bookseller says he believes others will be released after colleague’s sentencing later this year
Hong Kong Free Press, July 12, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/07/12/returned-bookseller-says-he-believes-others-will-be-released-after-colleagues-sentencing-later-this-year/

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Mystery, concern spread with release of Chinese activist
Reuters, July 11, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-idUSKCN0ZR0S2

Related:
Young Chinese legal activist “regrets” civil rights activism
South China Morning Post, July 11, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1988501/young-chinese-legal-activist-regrets-civil-rights

Lawyer for legal assistant Zhao Wei is detained over sexual assault rumors
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-lawyer-07112016162107.html

VOA连线: 赵威丈夫不能证明她目前是否完全获得自由 (Zhao Wei husband cannot prove if she really has freedom now)
Voice of America, July 12, 2016
http://www.voachinese.com/a/connect-you-minglei-20160711/3413739.html

Chinese rights lawyers demand immediate release of colleague
VOA连线常伯阳: 维权律师联名签署声明抗议任全牛律师因言获罪
Voice of America, July 11, 2016
EN: http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-rights-lawyers-demand-immediate-release-of-colleague/3413103.html
CH: http://www.voachinese.com/a/voaconnect-20160711-renquan-niu-protests/3413211.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Crowd control: The views of Chinese people matter—but only up to a point
The Economist, July 9, 2016
http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21701652-views-chinese-people-matterbut-only-up-toa-point-crowd-control

A new species of beetle named after President Xi is blacklisted on Chinese social media
Global Voices, July 11, 2016
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/11/a-new-species-of-beetle-named-after-president-xi-is-blacklisted-on-chinese-social-media/

Indian firms most transparent, Chinese firms most opaque: Transparency International
The Hindu, July 11, 2016
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/indian-firms-most-transparent-chinese-firms-most-opaque-transparency-international/article8835148.ece

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

金馬獎藏族導演被拘後首回應 正在醫院治療 要求「一個說法」 (Golden Horse Award laureate Tibetan director first talks after arrest, hospitalized, asking for “an explanation”)
Ming Pao, July 12, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20160712/s00004/1468293462363

西藏人权组织呼吁中国政府释放扎西旺秀 (Tibetan rights organization urges Chinese government to release Tibetan language rights campaigner)
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/dz-07112016112007.html

瑞典維權義工達林首披露在中國被囚細節:房間牆有厚墊 「認罪」片與央視員工均照稿讀 (Swedish rights defense volunteer Dahlin first reveals details of being detained in China: room walls heavily carpeted, “confession” video and CCTV reportage all scripted)
Ming Pao, July 11, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20160712/s00004/1468254265750

Government Accountability (政府问责)

False hope? China's military hospitals offer illegal experimental cures
Reuters, July 11, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-hospitals-insight-idUSKCN0ZR0BW

EU must push China on human rights, with or without the UK
The Diplomat, July 12, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/eu-must-push-china-on-human-rights-with-or-without-the-uk/

Of course China, like all great powers, will ignore an international legal verdict
The Diplomat, July 11, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/of-course-china-like-all-great-powers-will-ignore-an-international-legal-verdict/

China believes it is the real victim in the South China Sea dispute
The Washington Post, July 11, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2016/07/11/china-believes-it-is-the-real-victim-in-the-south-china-sea-dispute/

Tribunal overwhelmingly rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims
Reuters, July 12, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-ruling-stakes-idUSKCN0ZS02U

Related:
中国:海牙法庭南海仲裁无效及无约束力 (China: The Hague’s ruling on South China Sea is ineffective and non-legally binding)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 12, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/china/2016/07/160712_southchinasea_reaction

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

The Internet was supposed to foster democracy. China has different ideas.
Washington Post, July 10, 2016
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/the-internet-was-supposed-to-foster-democracy-china-has-different-ideas/2016/07/10/42954bbc-1dd9-11e6-b6e0-c53b7ef63b45_story.html

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s memorial museum for Tiananmen Square Massacre closes
Hong Kong Free Press, July 12, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/07/12/memorial-museum-for-tiananmen-square-massacre-closes-indefinitely/

Gov’t and Red Cross deny claims that Hong Kong-donated blood and organs are sent to China
Hong Kong Free Press, July 11, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/07/11/govt-and-red-cross-deny-claims-that-hong-kong-donated-blood-and-organs-are-sent-to-china/

Democratic Party says ICAC revamp could be related to UGL probe
Economic Journal, July 11, 2016
http://www.ejinsight.com/20160711-democratic-party-says-icac-revamp-could-be-related-to-ugl-probe/

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Like it or not, UNCLOS arbitration is legally binding for China
East Asia Forum, July 11, 2016
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/11/like-it-or-not-unclos-arbitration-is-legally-binding-for-china/