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, January 12, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Hangzhou pastor who opposed cross removal arrested for embezzlement again
Hong Kong Free Press, January 11, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

China to merge state media for stronger voice in financial news
Reuters, January 11, 2017

Government orders Chinese air quality app to limit readings
Sixth Tone, January 11, 2017

China wants to be a climate change watchdog, but can it lead by example?
The New York Times, January 11, 2017

China is scrubbing outspoken Taiwan and Hong Kong celebrities from its streaming services
Quartz, January 11, 2017

China, fanning patriotism, adds 6 years to war with Japan in history books
The New York Times, January 11, 2017

中国教育部要求中小学课本改称“十四年抗战” (Ministry of Education demands schools rewrite text books to read “14-Year War”)
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 10, 2017

刘飞跃逮捕通知书曝光 国际人权组织吁中国保证其羁押中权利 (Liu Feiyue’s arrest notice surfaces, international human rights organizations urge China to guarantee his rights during detention)
Radio Free Asia, January 11, 2017

中国人权:中国维权大事记(2016年11月21日—12月4日)(HRIC: Major developments on China rights defense (November 21 –December 4, 2016))
Human Rights in China, December 7, 2016

Government Accountability (政府问责)

去年26名中管干部被开除党籍 超七成涉对抗组织审查 (26 cadres managed by central government expelled last year, over 70% of cases involved resisting Party investigation)
People’s Daily, January 11, 2017

吳玉良:黨國監督均在黨領導下進行 不存在獨立監督 (Wu Yuliang: The Party carries out and leads supervision of both the Party and the state, independent supervision does not exist)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 9, 2017

Over 6,200 CPC members held accountable for undesirable work styles
Xinhua, January 11, 2017

Corruption runs through flood-ravaged Yangtze village
Sixth Tone, January 11, 2017

China detains 720, imposes $21.8 million of fines in pollution crackdown: media
Reuters, January 11, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中国二维码应用被国外标准垄断 信息安全问题频发 (Application of QR codes in China monopolized by foreign standards, information security issues abound)
Economic Information Daily, January 12, 2017

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

Beijing’s ban puts stop to Pokemon Go in China
South China Morning Post, January 11, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Report: Hong Kong human rights situation worst since 1997
The Diplomat, January 11, 2017

China a month late in submitting Hong Kong human rights update to UN—report
Hong Kong Free Press, January 11, 2017

中国仍未向联合国提交香港人权报告 (China has yet to submit to the U.N. a progress report on implementation of Convention Against Torture in Hong Kong)
Radio Free Asia, January 11, 2017

Protesters rally at police HQ, urge investigation of airport assault on lawmaker Nathan Law
Hong Kong Free Press, January 12, 2017

Hong Kong no. 2 official resigns with eye on becoming next city leader: media
Reuters, January 12, 2017