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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Access to Justice (司法公正)

扶贫开发难点较多, 亟需靠法律途径解决, 代表委员建议制定扶贫法 (Committee delegates propose poverty assistance law: Legal channels urgently need for to resolve numerous difficulties in expanding poverty alleviation)
Legal Daily, March 14, 2016

Lawyers’ proposals raised & rebutted at Two Sessions
China Digital Times, March 14, 2016

Chinese courts convict more than 99.9 per cent of defendants
The Telegraph, March 14, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

不满信息公开被拒, 江西一国企怒告财政部 (Jiangxi SOE denounces Ministry of Finance for refusing to provide Open Government Information)
Duowei, March 14, 2016

Xi Jinping brought down a notch by an unlikely agent: A typo
The New York Times, March 15, 2016

中国官网疑悄悄拿下习大大彭嫲嫲崇拜热捧词语 (Chinese government official websites quietly take off cult phrases for Xi Jinping and wife)
Radio France Internationale, March 14, 2016中国/20160314-中国官网疑悄悄拿下习大大彭嫲嫲崇拜热捧词语

新华社前编辑公开批评中国网络审查 (Former Xinhua editor openly criticizes China’s Internet censorship)
Radio France Internationale, March 14, 2016中国/20160314-新华社前编辑公开批评中国网络审查

政协83委员吁政府成立百亿基金挽救报业 (83 CPPCC members propose to government to set up billion-dollar fund to rescue the newspaper industry)
Radio France Internationale, March 15, 2016中国/20160315-政协83委员吁政府成立百亿基金挽救报业

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

非政府组织无序发展影响俄社会稳定 (The disorderly development of NGOs has affected Russia’s social stability), March 14, 2016

隐藏电脑屏幕背后时刻紧盯违法犯罪:“海淀网友”积极举报不求奖励 (Staring down crime from behind a computer screen: "Haidian online friends" actively report crimes and seeks no reward)
Legal Daily, March 14, 2016

Labor protests multiply in China as economy slows, worrying leaders
The New York Times, March 15, 2016

Heilongjiang coal miners’ strike continues into sixth day
China Labor Bulletin, March 14, 2016

Many changes to China’s first charity law but individuals still banned from asking for money
South China Morning Post, March 14, 2016

HRIC Law Note: Draft Law on Foreign NGOs Undermines Chinese Civil Society and China’s International Engagement
Human Rights in China, May 5, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

江苏淮安5名县处级干部因瞒报财产被查 (5 county-level cadres in Huai'an, Jiangsu, investigated for failure to disclose assets)
CPC News, March 14, 2016

Why Chinese officials are afraid to look too smart
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 11, 2016

Official admits he gave misleading account of Chinese miners’ plight
The New York Times, March 14, 2016

Will China’s state-owned enterprise reform go far enough?
The Diplomat, March 14, 2016

27 Chinese groups respond to Mr. Trump and Governor Kasich’s remarks about the Tiananmen massacre
China Change, March 14, 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

广东省讯商发最后通牒, 网民吐槽控制手机即控制网络 (Guangdong telecommunications providers issue “ultimatum” on real-name registration, netizens equate measure with control of Internet)
Radio Free Asia, March 12, 2016

互联网广告管理办法有望上半年出台 (Online advertising management measures likely to be issued in first half of 2016)
Legal Daily, March 14, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

Comics, cosplay and video games: how China can build ties between Hong Kong youth and their mainland peers
South China Morning Post, March 14, 2016

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

新疆边防开展缉枪治爆专项整治行动 (Xinjiang's frontier guards launch clean-up campaign seizing guns and explosives)
Legal Daily, March 14, 2016

郭声琨会见美国联邦调查局局长科米 (Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun meets with FBI Director James Comey)
Xinhua, March 14, 2016

Chinese state councilor meets FBI director
Xinhua, March 14, 2016

Two detained booksellers return to China after brief Hong Kong visits
Radio Free Asia, March 11, 2016

中国2015年暴恐、危害国家安全案件增一倍 (Cases of violent terrorist behaviors and endangerment of national security in China doubled in 2015)
Deutsche Welle, March 14, 2016中国2015年暴恐危害国家安全案件增一倍/a-19115318

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

When it comes to justice, China still leaves a lot to be desired
South China Morning Post, March 14, 2016