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, January 05, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tibetan businessman battles separatism charges in Chinese court
The New York Times, January 4, 2018

吴淦案上诉进展 (Human rights defender Wu Gan appeals his sentence, lawyers say)
Voice of America, January 4, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese news app calls for Communist Party members to work as content reviewers
Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2018

Chinese democracy advocates identify with Iranian protests
Voice of America, January 4, 2018

Chinese netizens furious at racist French nursery rhyme
South China Morning Post, January 3, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国大陆一同性恋者状告广电总局获法院受理 (Gay man brings State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television to court over information disclosure dispute)
Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

合肥市政府:16处公交站台顶板倒塌致1死28伤 将调查工程质量 |沸点 (Hefei government to launch investigation into 16 bus station roof collapses that killed 1 and injured 28)
The Beijing News, January 5, 2018

加班别任性!一月加班超36小时,这家珠海企业被重罚19万! (Zhuhai company fined 190,000 yuan for forcing 1,905 employees to work overtime)
Southern Metropolis Daily, January 5, 2018

武汉通报年度“十差不满意单位”正风除弊 (Wuhan commission for discipline inspection openly criticizes 10 institutions that performed poorly in 2017)
China Youth Daily, January 5, 2018

江苏省消保委对百度提起公益诉讼获立案:涉违法获取个人信息 (Jiangsu consumer protection authority sues Baidu for endangering personal information safety)
The Paper, January 5, 2018

As China greens its economy, these people, businesses, and nations will feel the pinch
Quartz, January 4, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s great firewall is rising
The Economist, January 4, 2018

Chinese blacklist an early glimpse of sweeping new social-credit control
The Globe and Mail, January 4, 2018

Internet users in China expect to tracked. Now they want privacy.
The New York Times, January 4, 2018

晒“年度账单”却掉坑里,用户权益难逃“潜规则”? (Alipay users opting to post annual expenditures on social media become unwitting objects of social credit rating)
Xinhua News Agency, January 4, 2018

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

Xi Jinping calls for battle readiness as troops stage massive winter drills across China
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Teresa Cheng announced as Hong Kong’s next secretary for justice, takes office Saturday
Hong Kong Free Press, January 5, 2018

林鄭月娥讚揚袁國強表現卓越 一直致力維護香港法治 (Carrie Lam praises Rimsky Yuen for his excellent performance and consistent dedication to protecting rule of law in Hong Kong)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 5, 2018

Hong Kong police commissioner looks to boost force morale after officers jailed for Occupy assaults
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2018

港前议员带刘晓波夫妇相片参加公听会被拒 (Former lawmaker banned from bringing portrait of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia to ICCPR public consultation meeting in Hong Kong)
Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Helpers in Hong Kong deserve to be properly cared for
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2018

China: Sham trial exposes absurd charge against Tibetan activist
Amnesty International, January 4, 2018

The Chinese Communist Party has growing sway in Western universities
Democratic Audit UK, January 4, 2018