Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

A Human Rights Watch report details first-hand accounts of torture under China’s anti-corruption campaign
Quartz, December 6, 2016
http://qz.com/851402/a-human-rights-watch-report-details-first-hand-accounts-of-torture-under-chinas-anti-corruption-campaign/

The People's Republic of the disappeared
The Diplomat, December 6, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-peoples-republic-of-the-disappeared/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

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:
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

No more “private vote” for China’s top leaders in Communist Party’s new hiring and firing rules
South China Morning Post, December 6, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051973/new-chinese-communist-party-rules-underscore-collective

China protests Trump's Taiwan presidential phone call, media issues warnings
Radio Free Asia, December 5, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/phone-12052016124755.html

Related:
China really isn’t joking about Taiwan
Foreign Policy, December 5, 2016
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/12/05/china-really-isnt-joking-about-taiwan/

U.S.-China relations: Public diplomacy and soft power
The Diplomat, December 5, 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/us-china-relations-public-diplomacy-and-soft-power/

与蔡英文通话:并非偶然? (Conversation with Tsai Ing-wen was premeditated?)
Deutsche Welle, December 5, 2016
http://www.dw.com/zh/与蔡英文通话并非偶然/a-36654122

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Alibaba’s Jack Ma sees dawn of data-sharing era in global internet age
South China Morning Post, December 3, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2051287/alibabas-jack-ma-sees-dawn-data-sharing-era-global-internet-age

There’s only one clear winner if Facebook breaks into China—and it’s not Facebook
Quartz, December 6, 2016
http://qz.com/846464/theres-only-one-clear-winner-if-facebook-fb-breaks-into-china-and-its-not-facebook/

Hong Kong (香港)

【宣誓覆核】羅冠聰CNN專訪:必定會反擊 自決不同港獨 ([Legal challenge to elected lawmakers’ oath-taking] Nathan Law at CNN interview: We have to fight back; self-determination is not the same as independence)
Ming Pao, December 6, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161206/s00001/1480986644471

Lawmaker vacancies announced in gov’t record as localist Youngspiration duo officially ejected
Hong Kong Free Press, December 5, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/05/lawmaker-vacancies-announced-in-govt-record-as-localist-youngspiration-duo-officially-ejected/

香港再有青年组织成立 重点关注教育 (Another youth organization set up in Hong Kong, focusing on education)
Radio Free Asia, December 5, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/ml1-12052016102551.html

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Supporters issue statement after lawyer disappears
China Digital Times, November 29, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/11/lawyers-black-friday-relatives-issue-statement-supporters-disappearance/

Nie Shubin: China clears man 21 years after execution
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 2, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38179311

Interview: “They humiliate you, and treat you like animals, worse than a dog”
Radio Free Asia, December 2, 2016
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/humiliate-12022016120009.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

“Speech is freedom itself”—Chang Ping’s acceptance speech for the CJFE 2016 International Press Freedom Award
China Change, December 4, 2016
https://chinachange.org/2016/12/04/speech-is-freedom-itself-chang-pings-acceptance-speech-for-the-cjfe-2016-international-press-freedom-award/

Chinese local police may soon be able to censor news of disasters
South China Morning Post, December 2, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051174/chinese-local-police-may-soon-be-able-censor-news

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国维权律师李和平的妻子获人权奖 (Wang Qiaoling, Chinese rights lawyer Li Heping’s wife, receives the Franco-German Human Rights Prize)
Deutsche Welle, December 2, 2016
http://www.dw.com/zh/中国维权律师李和平的妻子获人权奖/a-36617455

How many tragedies must there be before the union starts doing its job?
China Labor Bulletin, December 2, 2016
http://www.clb.org.hk/content/how-many-tragedies-must-there-be-union-starts-doing-its-job

China's rebellious Catholics
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 2, 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38179337

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s top graft-buster says two party officials absent from key meeting “accountable for systemic corruption”
South China Morning Post, December 2, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051111/chinas-top-graft-buster-says-two-party-officials-absent

China’s local governments call time on tradition of heavy drinking at official functions
South China Morning Post, December 4, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051190/chinas-local-governments-call-time-tradition-heavy

Former Chinese central bank chief resurfaces after 18 months
South China Morning Post, December 4, 2016
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051650/former-chinese-central-bank-chief-resurfaces-after-18

Trump, Taiwan and China: The controversy, explained
特朗普蔡英文通话意味着什么?6个问题帮你解读
The New York Times, December 3, 2016
EN: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/world/asia/trump-taiwan-and-china-the-controversy-explained.html
CH: http://cn.nytimes.com/asia-pacific/20161204/trump-taiwan-and-china-the-controversy-explained/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Russia, China, and the push for “digital sovereignty”
Global Voices, December 2, 2016
https://globalvoices.org/2016/12/02/russia-china-and-the-push-for-digital-sovereignty/

Hong Kong (香港)

Resisting dissolution: The stalemate between Hong Kong civil society and China’s central government
Hong Kong Free Press, December 4, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/04/resisting-dissolution-stalemate-hong-kong-civil-society-chinas-central-government/

Hong Kong government seeks to bar four more MPs
The Guardian, December 2, 2016
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/02/hong-kong-beijing-sixtus-leung-yau-wai-ching-4-more-mps

Related:
陳弘毅:覆核規模較想像大 (Legal scholar Albert Chen Hung-yee on the judicial review: The scale is larger than I imagined)
Sing Tao, December 2, 2016
https://www.singtaousa.com/976767/post-陳弘毅:覆核規模較想像大/

【宣誓覆核】指中共打壓工具多 羅冠聰稱不驚訝政治生涯被縮短 ([Legal challenge to oath-taking] Nathan Law: The Communist Party has many ways of oppression; wouldn’t be surprised if political career is cut short)
Ming Pao, December 3, 2016
http://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20161203/s00001/1480755725176

這是政變,推翻立法會選舉結果的政變 (Civil Human Rights Front’s statement in protest of legal challenge to elected lawmakers’ oath-taking: This is a coup—one that seeks to overthrow LegCo election results)
InMedia HK, December 2, 2016
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1046209

Why Hong Kongers are calling for independence
Hong Kong Free Press, December 5, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/05/why-hong-kongers-are-calling-for-independence-explained-for-ex-governor-chris-patten/

Hong Kong officials widen legal attack on fledgling independence movement
Reuters, December 2, 2016
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-politics-idUSKBN13R170

“They want us to be silent”: Hong Kong lawmaker under threat vows to fight
Cable News Network, December 5, 2016
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/05/asia/hong-kong-democracy-nathan-law/index.html

民族感情蓋過破壞法治憂慮:釋法支持反對相若 (Nationalism overshadows worries about infringed rule of law: For and against NPC interpretation of Basic Law roughly the same level)
Radio France Internationale, December 5, 2016
http://trad.cn.rfi.fr/中國/20161205-民族感情蓋過破壞法治憂慮:釋法支持反對相若

Commentary (评论)

The intersection of Chinese law and politics
ChinaFile, November 30, 2016
http://www.chinafile.com/sinica-podcast/intersection-of-chinese-law-and-politics

Rebel Pepper (变态辣椒): Delayed justice
China Digital Times, December 2, 2016
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2016/12/rebel-pepper-%e5%8f%98%e6%80%81%e8%be%a3%e6%a4%92%ef%bc%9adelayed-justice/

The government’s purge of the legislature is appalling—Hong Kong’s courts must stand firm
Hong Kong Free Press, December 5, 2016
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/05/the-governments-purge-of-the-legislature-is-appalling-hong-kongs-courts-must-stand-firm/