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, November 18, 2016

Access to Information (信息公开)

Statement of the week: China’s Internet is open
China Digital Times, November 17, 2016

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China's Christians vow to defy new rules banning organized worship
Radio Free Asia, November 17, 2016

中国当局劫毁高智晟新书 耿和公布电子版抗议封锁 (Chinese authorities intercept and destroy Gao Zhisheng’s new book, his wife publishes electronic version to protest the blockade)
Radio Free Asia, November 17, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s anti-graft watchdog publicly shames and demotes Chinese railway official who sent 2,300 bawdy texts to woman
South China Morning Post, November 17, 2016

China says family cut off funds to get most-wanted graft suspect back
Reuters, November 17, 2016

马英九大马举行国际记者会指责北京打压 (Ma Ying-jeou holds press conference in Malaysia protesting China’s suppression)
British Broadcasting Corporation, November 17, 2016

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China builds a brave new online world behind the wire
South China Morning Post, November 18, 2016

China doubles down on Internet control after tough new law
Voice of America, November 17, 2016

Xi Jinping pushes China’s vision for the worldwide web
Financial Times, November 16, 2016

Hong Kong (香港)

High Court to hear Youngspiration duo’s appeal over oath dispute
Hong Kong Free Press, November 17, 2016

Retired photojournalist seeks legal challenge over oaths of 14 lawmakers and Chief Exec. C.Y. Leung
Hong Kong Free Press, November 17, 2016

【誓詞風波】新華社:高院裁決維護一國兩制尊嚴 打擊「港獨」分子氣焰 ([Oath-taking row] Xinhua: High Court’s ruling defends the dignity of One Country Two Systems, blowing “separatist elements’” bluster)
Ming Pao, November 17, 2016

Commentary (评论)

Lawyer who helped draft Basic Law says Beijing interpretation has destroyed “one country, two systems”
South China Morning Post, November 17, 2016

反對派必須勇敢承認分歧(文:葉健民) (Opposition parties must bravely recognize their differences)
Ming Pao, November 18, 2016

當政治沒有曙光,我們更需要白票 (One should cast a blank vote especially when political situation isn’t hopeful)
InMedia HK, November 18, 2016

What does Xi's “One China" mean for Hong Kong's democracy?
Voice of America, November 18, 2016