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.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

湖南全力推动政法工作上新台阶 (Hunan spares no efforts in pushing forward political and legal affairs work to new stage)
China Youth Online, February 24, 2016

特殊人群服务管理改革, 宜宾综合试点成效显著 (Outstanding results in Yibin (Sichuan) comprehensive pilot program for reform of services management for vulnerable populations)
Li Dan, February 25, 2016

Brother denied right to visit Ilham Tohti, moderate Uighur scholar sentenced to life in prison
China Change, February 24, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

证监会回应熔断信息公开申请, 称信息在交易所 (CSRC’s response to OGI request on circuit breaker: information is held by stock exchanges)
Caixin, February 24, 2016

指数熔断机制 (The circuit breaker mechanism)
China Securities Regulatory Commission, December 29, 2015

北京律所申请公开熔断规定发布前征求的意见 (Beijing law firm seeks disclosure of opinions received before launch of circuit breaker mechanism)
Caixin, January 7, 2016

对政府信息公开要重视实证研究 (Empirical research is key for open government information)
Procuratorate Daily, February 23, 2016

政务公开不应止于信息公开 (Making public the work of government does not stop at open government information)
People’s Daily, February 23, 2016

Chinese president continues to expand media controls
Voice of America, February 24, 2016

中国走红同性恋题材网络剧被迫下架 (Famed Chinese online gay drama pulled from Internet)
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 24, 2016

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Parents sacked during China’s one-child policy petition Beijing for their jobs back
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2016

劳维人士家属屡遭当局骚扰 何晓波妻女被软禁 孟晗女友遭逼迁 (Families of labor activists repeatedly harassed by authorities, He Xiaobo’s wife and daughter under house arrest, Meng Han’s girlfriend evicted)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

服务大局服务发展, 广东晒出开年政法工作“清单” (Serve the overall situation and development, Guangdong unveils its annual “to do” list for politics and law work)
Legal Daily, February 23, 2016

最高法已就念斌国家赔偿申诉立案, 申诉未提精神抚慰金 (SPC accepts Nian Bin state compensation appeal which does not include compensation for emotional harm)
China Youth Online, February 24, 2016

To curb graft in Guangzhou, it takes a village
Caixin, February 24, 2016

国际特赦批评中国控制升级及镇压更严厉 (Amnesty International criticizes China for heightened control and more severe crackdown)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

贵阳大数据产业规模总量有望达1300亿元 (Big data industry in Guiyang expected to reach RMB 130 billion)
Legal Daily, February 23, 2016

Chinese social media platform plays a role in U.S. rallies for NYPD officer
The Los Angeles Times, February 24, 2016

Tourism officials in southern China embrace Western social media sites like Twitter, YouTube that are banned at home
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong outrage over Chinese subtitle switch
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 24, 2016

“Radicals” debating simplified Chinese are “irrational” and “impolite” says state media
Hong Kong Free Press, February 25, 2016

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong back in court to face protest charges
Channel NewsAsia, February 25, 2016

Foreign Correspondents’ Club “troubled” by China’s failure to explain missing booksellers
Hong Kong Free Press, February 25, 2016

Hong Kong braces for weaker growth as “political volatility” strains economy
Reuters, February 24, 2016

Hong Kong's missing booksellers: a timeline of events
South China Morning Post, February 23, 2016

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

China's Xinjiang to use entertainment, possibly singing and dancing, in terror fight
Reuters, February 24, 2016

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

Chinese growing social inequality prompts stronger social control
The Jamestown Foundation, February

China's Cultural Revolution must be confronted
Al Jazeera, February 24, 2016

China’s newsrooms serve as President Xi’s loyal mouthpieces
Washington Post, February 23, 2016

China’s increasingly muffled press
The New York Times, February 25, 2016

A guide to China’s new online publishing rules for foreign media
Crunch Media, February 23, 2016