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, October 26, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

广东人权捍卫者苏昌兰今刑满出狱 (Guangdong human rights defender Su Changlan finishes prison term and is released)
Weiquanwang, October 26, 2017

静海警方:李文星被传销组织送归途中意外溺亡 不予刑事立案 (Tianjin police refuse to file criminal case saying university graduate Li Wenxing drowned accidentally when pyramid scheme gang sent him to train station)
Beijing News, October 25, 2017

China lawyer recounts torture under Xi's “war on law”
British Broadcasting Corporation, October 25, 2017

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China’s middle class incomes fail to take off in 2017
China Labor Bulletin, October 25, 2017’s-middle-class-incomes-fail-take-2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

湖北鄂州公安机关“政治体检”: 整治47名“吃空饷”民警 (Hubei punishes 47 police officers who get paid without working)
Chutian Metropolis Daily, October 26, 2017

湖南紧盯一把手腐败:五年立案查处违纪一把手4615人 (Hunan investigates 4,615 people who hold director positions for party principle violation during past five years)
Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Magazine, October 26, 2017

Higher profile for anti-corruption watchdogs as China’s graft-busters rise up the rungs of power
South China Morning Post, October 26, 2017

国家监察法在制定过程中还需解决哪些问题 (What questions need to be answered during legislation of National Supervision Law)
Legal Daily, October 25, 2017

China's Xi taps low-profile official to take over war on graft
Reuters, October 25, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

网络综合治理体系如何构建 (How to build comprehensive governance system of Internet)
Legal Daily, October 25, 2017

Chinese uni uses facial recognition to track absent students
British Broadcasting Corporation, October 25, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

国际人权组织担忧香港书商桂民海是否真自由 (Int’l human rights organisations worry whether HK book seller Gui Minhai is really free)
Voice of America, October 26, 2017

劉兆佳料民主派與中央未來20年對普選不會找到共同點 (Liu Zhaojia expects pro democracy camp to find no common ground with Central Government in terms of universal suffrage in next twenty years)
Radio Television Hong Kong, October 26, 2017

林鄭:不排除同步啟動「三步走」 強調非威脅 (Carrie Lam says won’t rule out chance of simultaneously starting “three-step” co-location arrangement and emphasizes that it is not a threat)
Mingpao, October 26, 2017

Images of “dormitory” for mainland officers at Express Rail terminus contradict gov’t claims
FactWire, October 25, 2017

關注組集會抗議 吳靄儀:現況比反831更嚴峻 (Concern group protests against co-location arrangement and Margaret Ng says situation is more dire than NPC’s 831 interoperation of the Basic Law)
Inmediahk, October 25, 2017

Hong Kong’s opposition prevents Carrie Lam’s motion on joint rail checkpoint plan
South China Morning Post, October 25, 2017

Hong Kong police to get awards for security work during visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping
South China Morning Post, October 26, 2017

是否強制學生看《基本法》研討會 林鄭:學生可合上眼 (Carrie Lam says students are not forced to watch seminar on the Basic Law as they can choose to close their eyes)
Radio Televison Hong Kong, October 25, 2017

Activist Joshua Wong freed on bail: We will “fight together” for Hong Kong democracy
Hong Kong Free Press, October 24, 2017

Commentary (评论)

十九大收緊自治 香港一個獨特功能將消失 (Unique function of Hong Kong will disappear as 19th party congress tightens control over autonomy)
Mingpao, October 26, 2017

Xi Jinping unveils China’s new leaders but no clear successor
The New York Times, October 26, 2017

The rule of law stands firm in Hong Kong
The Guardian, October 25, 2017

China refuses to admit it has a rape problem. I would know.
Foreign Policy, October 25, 2017