The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China to allow family visit for jailed Uyghur scholar
Radio Free Asia, February 18, 2016

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Save our statue: dramatic protest in China to save ex-leader Hua Guofeng’s figure from being demolished
South China Morning Post, February 18, 2016

Fears grow for hunger-striking Chinese supporter of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
Radio Free Asia, February 18, 2016

Dissidents fearful as Thailand, once a haven, favors China
Reuters, February 17, 2016

Beijing's hand seen in visa issue keeping rights activists out of religious freedom conference
Radio Free Asia, February 18, 2016

Chunwan, art and authoritarianism
The Diplomat, February 19, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s new wedding vows: To have, hold and not violate national interests
The New York Times, February 18, 2016

China's environment minister wants more power to crack down on polluters
Vice News, February 19, 2016

Hard times: China’s challenges demand bigger role for centralized leadership, says Communist Party mouthpiece
South China Morning Post, February 18, 2016

中国回应人权批评:部分被拘律师涉及严重的经济犯罪 (China’s response to human rights accusations: Some arrested lawyers involve in serious economic crimes)
Radio France Internationle, February 17, 2016中国/20160217-中国回应un人权批评:部分被拘维权律师涉及严重的经济犯罪

Press Statement by the Spokesperson of the Permanent Mission of China on the press release by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on China
Permanent Mission of PRC to the UN Office in Geneva and Other international Organizations in Siwtzerland, February 16, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

Two more defendants appear in court accused of rioting in Mong Kok taking total number charged to 45
South China Morning Post, February 19, 2016

NPC deputy says Beijing should better educate its law enforcement agents on not operating in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, February 18, 2016

【旺角暴力衝突】馬時亨:青年不滿明顯 政府應作內部檢討 下任特首需「有仁心」 (Former CEDB chief Ma Si Hang on Mong Kok violent conflicts: Government needs internal review as youth discontent is obvious, chief executive of the next office should have the “virtue of benevolence”)
Ming Pao, February 18, 2016

學者促獨立調查旺角衝突 泛民擬引用特權法調查 (Academics urge investigation into Mong Kok conflicts, Pan-dems to use Powers and Privileges Ordinance to carry it out)
InMedia HK, February 19, 2016

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Refusal to hold independent inquiry into Mong Kok shows gov’t detached from reality
Hong Kong Free Press, February 18, 2016

“Rule by fear?”: A ChinaFile conversation
ChinaFile, February 18, 2016