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.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

慈溪警方推进天网工程建设无死角, “视频同勘”精准锁定嫌疑人 (Cixi (Zhejiang) police nail suspects with "video aided investigation," advancing construction of Skynet with no blind spots)
Legal Daily, March 5, 2016

左世忠代表建议加快制定个人信息保护法, GPS信息健康信息都应纳入立法保护 (NPC Deputy Zuo Shizhong proposes fast-tracking enactment of law to protect personal information, as well as GPS and health information)
Legal Daily, March 8, 2016

出台“互联网+”行政审批服务文件 (Delegate calls for normative document to increase effectiveness in “Internet Plus” administrative inspection and approval)
Legal Daily, March 7, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Renowned activist Guo Feixiong’s health deteriorates, sister calls for emergency medical parole
China Change, March 8, 2016

Defendants “presumed guilty” in China’s courts, says top lawyer: Presumption of guilt is widespread among law enforcers and leads to torture, delegate says
South China Morning Post, March 9, 2016

人民法院受理拐卖妇女儿童案逐年下降,去年审结此类案件853件 判处犯罪分子1362人 (Each year, people's courts are handling fewer cases of trafficking of women and children, last year 853 such cases were tried, with 1,362 persons sentenced)
Legal Daily, March 7, 2016

政府工作报告:把政府活动纳入法治轨道 (Government work report: bring government activities onto the rule of law track)
Legal Daily, March 7, 2016

无人机“飞进”法律真空地带, 刘庆峰代表建议将无人机监管列入民用航空法 (Drones are “flying into” legal vacuum, NPC deputy Liu Qingfeng suggests using civil aviation law to regulate drones)
Legal Daily, March 7, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

Article denouncing censorship censored from Chinese magazine’s English website
Hong Kong Free Press, March 9, 2016

Xi Jinping’s crackdown on free speech is being criticized—by advisers to China’s Communist Party
Quartz, March 8, 2016

Advisor mulls freedom of speech proposal
Global Times, March 7, 2016

Are China’s box-office numbers fudged? Regulators investigate “ghost screenings”
The Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2016

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Activists call for release of jailed Chinese women
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2016

Watch: A Chinese feminist’s defiant message to the government that jailed her
Washington Post, March 8, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

“女权无疆界”呼吁中国政府停止强制性堕胎 (Women’s Rights Without Frontiers urges Chinese government to stop forced abortions)
Radio Free Asia, March 8, 2016

三八节人权组织呼吁中国释放维权妇女 (Human rights organizations urge China to release female rights defenders on International Women’s Day)
Voice of America, March 9, 2016

人民监督员成为真正外部监督力量 (People's supervisors are a genuine external supervisory force)
Legal Daily, March 7, 2016

傅莹在人大四次会议首场新闻发布会上说, 民法总则草案预计六月提请审议 (Fu Ying, spokesperson for NPC's 4th plenum, at first media conference: Draft Civil Code expected to be tabled for deliberation in June)
Legal Daily, March 5, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

New questions emerge over HK booksellers’ detentions
China Digital Times, March 9, 2016

Hong Kong writer detained in mainland China in 2012, interrogated about identities of those behind banned publications
South China Morning Post, March 8, 2016

Student activists contempt charges to remain despite Dept. of Justice delay, High Court rules
Hong Kong Free Press, March 8, 2016

【旺角暴力衝突】監警會暫收24宗須匯報投訴 含明報記者涉被毆打 無交警向天開槍 ([Mongkok violent dispute] Independent Police Complaints Council receives 24 reportable complaints to date, including Ming Pao journalist being beaten, not including traffic police firing in the air)
Ming Pao, March 9, 2016

【兩會】王光亞指香港「出了點事」 但中央對港政策不變 ([The two sessions] Director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Wang Guangya says “some accidents took place” in Hong Kong, but central government’s policy to Hong Kong wouldn’t change)
Ming Pao, March 9, 2016

港大民调赞成台湾独立者创新高 (HKU poll shows new high of support for Taiwan independence)
Voice of America, March 9, 2016

香港八大高校学生会 有多支持本土主义? (How much do Hong Kong’s eight university student associations support localism?)
South China Morning Post, March 9, 2016

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

Officials from China's Xinjiang region say extremism waning
Voice of America, March 8, 2016