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 17, 2017

Access to Justice (司法公正)

江西明经国案一审开庭,庭审焦点:是否因强拆而引发血案? (Ming Jingguo, peasant who killed local official with hoe for eviction dispute, faces trial in Jiangxi)
The Paper, November 17, 2017

详解新刑诉法以来宁夏首例“零口供”判死刑案,死刑已执行 (Suspect who gives no testimony executed: first death penalty in Ningxia since new Criminal Procedural Law takes effect)
Ningxia People’s Procuratorate, November 16, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says Internet must be “orderly”
Voice of America, November 16, 2017

维护学术自由 杨绍政教授向政权说不遭停课 (Defiant Professor Yang Shaozheng defends academic freedom but gets suspended by university)
Radio Free Asia, November 14

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s propaganda chief warns against “seduction” of Western values
Reuters, November 17, 2017

How China’s new anti-graft super body will work, and why calling a lawyer won’t be an option
South China Morning Post, November 17, 2017

Human rights in China under Xi Jinping “worst since Tiananmen crackdown”: Amnesty
Associated Press, November 17, 2017

Child abuse scandal at Ctrip daycare in Shanghai continues to make headlines, piss off parents
Shanghaiist, November 17, 2017

China’s cadres should believe in the party, not “gods and ghosts”, if they want to be promoted
South China Morning Post, November 16, 2017

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese copycats of the world’s hottest videogame added “core socialist values”
Quartz, November 16, 2017

我们家中究竟潜伏了多少“小间谍”?——“黑入”智能家居设备盗卖个人隐私黑灰产业起底 (Investigation: Industry of hacking into smart house appliances and stealing personal information)
Xinhua News Agency, November 16, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

啟動「三步走」 港府明日中午與內地簽合作協議 (SAR government to sign co-location arrangement deal with mainland by midday tomorrow)
Mingpao, November 17, 2017

Poverty in Hong Kong hits record high, with 1 in 5 people considered poor
South China Morning Post, November 17, 2017

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says Beijing committed to city’s semi-autonomy
South China Morning Post, November 17, 2017

王振民批評香港有人頭腦像花崗岩 不承認香港回歸現實 (Wang Zhenmin, legal chief of Liaison Office, criticizes Hongkongers of having brains like “granite” and refusing to recognize fact that Hong Kong has retuned to China)
Radio Television Hong Kong, November 17, 2017

Don't live in the past, embrace the nation, Wang Zhenmin urges
The Standard, November 17, 2017

劉兆佳稱香港「只識享受一國兩制的權利」 李飛演講為23條「做鋪墊工作」 (Beijing advisor Lau Siu-kai says Hong Kong only knows of enjoying rights of “One Country, Two Systems”, and claims Li Fei’s speech paves way to enactment of Article 23)
Post852, November 17, 2017

Beijing will take action if Hong Kong fails to enact national security law, mainland adviser warns
South China Morning Post, November 17, 2017

不滿楊鳴章「違反社會常態」言論 明愛學生畢業禮包圍抗議 (Unhappy about Bishop of Hong Kong’s comment of “refusing to sing national anthem is against social norms”, students protest after graduation ceremony)
HK01, November 16, 2017

“Don’t silence me” – Hong Kong graduates protest free speech issues on campus
Hong Kong Free Press, November 16, 2017

Commentary (评论)

續噓國歌和派港獨傳單說明什麼? (Booing national anthem and handing out Hong Kong independence flyers, what do they imply?)
Mingpao, November 17, 2017

抗爭者的平常心 (Those who remain defiant should keep peace of mind)
Inmediahk, November 17, 2017

精英失言成风 社会走向衰败 (Hong Kong society in decline, as elites babbling nonsense becomes common practice)
Radio Free Asia, November 16, 2017

China – a reluctant global power
The Diplomat, November 16, 2017