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, October 17, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Liu Xia, widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, “forced to travel” ahead of China’s key Congress meeting, says NGO
Hong Kong Free Press, October 16, 2017

首批42名港澳律师获中国内地律师“工作证” (First group of 42 Hong Kong and Macau lawyers granted “work permit” as mainland lawyers)
Chinanews, October 16, 2017

十二届全国人大常委会第三十次会议10月30日开始举行,将审议刑法修正案(十)草案等 (30th meeting of the 12th NPC Standing Committee to be held on Oct 31 to review Criminal Law Amendment (10) and others)
Legal Daily, October 16, 2017

最高人民法院 司法部出台《关于开展律师调解试点工作的意见》 (Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Justice issues “Opinions on Launch Pilot Work of Lawyer Conciliation”)
Ministry of Justice, October 16, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

China's “stability maintenance” agents move to silence critics before party congress
The Guardian, October 17, 2017

China state media attacks Western democracy ahead of Congress
Reuters, October 17, 2017

Enlightened Chinese democracy puts the West in the shade
Xinhua News Agency, October 17, 2017

China criticized for failing to grant Hong Kong journalists and media outlets access to key Congress meeting
Hong Kong Free Press, October 16, 2017

To inspire young Communists, China turns to "Red Army" schools
The New York Times, October 16, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China trumpets minimum wage increases prior to Party Congress
China Labor Bulletin, October 17, 2017

国家社会组织管理局关于开展2017年度全国性社会组织评估工作的通知 (State social organization administration bureau to launch 2017 national social organization evaluation work)
Ministry of Civil Affairs, October 16, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Bonfire of the freebies: China officials forgo free fruit and haircuts in Xi austerity drive
The Guardian, October 16, 2017

China seeks to rid Beijing of smog, dissidents ahead of Communist Party Congress
Radio Free Asia, October 16, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

人脸识别技术迎井喷期 专家建议完善标准保护隐私 (Facial recognition technologies explode and experts recommend to improve privacy protection standards)
Xinhua News Agency, October 16, 2017

Internet controls could isolate China, German ambassador warns
Reuters, October 16, 2017

最高检:今年前9月涉计算机犯罪案件公诉334件710人 (Supreme People’s Procuratorate: 710 people in 334 cases prosecuted for computer involved crimes in first nine months of 2017)
Legal Daily, October 16, 2017

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

北京实施人物同检 地铁安检大混乱 (Chaos in Beijing subway as both persons and objects required to go through security checks)
Radio Free Asia, October 16, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Xi Jinping gets credit for solving Hong Kong’s “unprecedented challenges”
South China Morning Post, October 16, 2017

引領「一國兩制」航船破浪前行 (Ploughing the waves, guiding the ship of “One Country, Two Systems” forward)
Wen Wei Po, October 16, 2017

12國際律師斥判刑違一罪不兩罰原則 律政司反駁:他們不了解案件及香港法律制度 (Department of Justice refutes 12 int’l lawyers’ criticism of “double jeopardy”: they don’t know about the case and legal system in Hong Kong)
Mingpao, October 16, 2017

Democracy activist jailings: Int’l lawyers “misunderstand” Hong Kong’s legal system, says Carrie Lam and Justice Dept.
Hong Kong Free Press, October 17, 2017

“Absurd” to view visit as meddling in Hong Kong affairs, says human rights activist barred from city
Hong Kong Free Press, October 16, 2017

稱九成人支持一地兩檢 林鄭再談學童自殺:傷心關注但不想公開講 (Carrie Lam says 90% of Hongkongers support “one place, two checks” and she is deeply saddened and concerned about students committing suicide but refuses to talk about the issue in public)
Mingpao, October 16, 2017

After China makes insulting national anthem illegal, Hong Kong takes steps to enact similar law
South China Morning Post, October 16, 2017

Commentary (评论)

民主鐵人劉曉波的一生 (The life of Liu Xiaobo, the democracy ironman)
Inmediahk, October 17, 2017

Xi Jinping and China’s new era of glory
The New York Times, October 16, 2017

Xi Jinping’s quest to revive Stalin’s communist ideology
The Washington Post, October 16, 2017

1.3 billion people are in one man’s grip
Foreign Policy, October 16, 2017

Beijing eyes stake in every influential Chinese media company—Should they worry?
Forbes, October 16, 2017