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, March 10, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

China blocks VPN services that let users get round its “Great Firewall’ during big political gatherings in Beijing
South China Morning Post, March 9, 2016

What Chinese media mustn’t cover at the “2 Sessions”
The New York Times, March 10, 2016

Caixin “won't comment” on deletion of anti-censorship article
Radio Free Asia, March 9, 2016

Without a trace: South China Morning Post’s Chinese social media accounts eliminated
Hong Kong Free Press, March 9, 2016

Charted: China’s Great Famine, according to Yang Jisheng, a journalist who lived through it
Quartz, March 10, 2016

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Rights groups warn KFC over Tibet opening
Hong Kong Free Press, March 9, 2016

China detains dozens of ethnic Mongolians amid ongoing grassland protest
Radio Free Asia, March 9, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Proposal to expand role of China’s armed police force would strengthen Xi Jinping’s power: analysts
South China Morning Post, March 9, 2016

Mind your behavior! Xi tells wealthy businessmen to “set a good example” amid criticism of China’s nouveau riche
South China Morning Post, March 10, 2016

China’s harsh child discipline, through the lens of domestic violence
The New York Times, March 9, 2016

The Communist Party invented Women’s Day—so why is China so bad at it now?
Quartz, March 9, 2016

陈满蒙冤服刑23年, 拟申请国家赔偿966万 (Wrongly sentenced to 23 years, Chen Man applies for RMB 9.6m in state compensation)
The Paper, March 9 , 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China is building a big data platform for “precrime”
Ars Technica, March 9, 2016

China tries its hand at pre-crime
Bloomberg Businessweek, March 9, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

Booksellers slipped back to mainland China after requesting Hong Kong police drop missing persons cases
South China Morning Post, March 9, 2016

“Riotous” protesters who stormed LegCo deserve jail time, says High Court judge
Hong Kong Free Press, March 9, 2016

高铁争议未结 香港机场新跑道又被指违反“一国两制” (Dispute over Express Rail Link yet to settle, proposal of a new runway in Hong Kong airport accused again for breaching “One Country Two Systems”)
Radio Free Asia, March 9, 2016

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

China says takes “distinctly Chinese approach” to national security
Reuters, March

张德江:中国国家安全法以中国特色为基础 (Zhang Dejiang: China’s national security law is based upon Chinese characteristics)
Radio Free Asia, March 9, 2016

China charity law to forbid activity that “endangers national security”
Channel NewsAsia, March 9, 2016

HRIC Law Note: Draft Law on Foreign NGOs Undermines Chinese Civil Society and China’s International Engagement
Human Rights in China, September 17, 2015

张德江:五种恐怖相关活动列入刑事追责范围 (Zhang Dejiang: Five kinds of terrorist-related activities that are included in the scope of criminal responsibility)
CCTV, March 9, 2016

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

法官遇害 源於法治不彰 (Judge murdered in China: The root is the futile rule of law)
Ming Pao, March 10, 2016