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.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Detention of Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng “absurd,” says attorney
Agence France-Presse, January 21, 2018

China's progress on intellectual property rights (yes, really)
The Diplomat, January 20, 2018

“We don't know what conditions will be like at the next prison”
江天勇会被转送河南监狱 暂停探视
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese music fans fear rap latest to fall foul of government censors
Agence France-Presse, January 22, 2018

China’s VPN crackdown is about money as much as censorship
Financial Times, January 22, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

港台團體聯署聲明:還人民言論自由 聲援中國11.15讀書會案左派青年 (Groups in Hong Kong and Taiwan launch signature campaign in support of mainland left-wing youngsters who got detained for joining read club)
Inmediahk, January 21, 2018

李氏兄弟姊妹: 呼吁国家重视“低端人口”随迁子女的义务教育 (Citizens in Henan hold banners and demand compulsory education for children of so-called “low-end” migrant workers)
Weiquanwang, January 18, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

In China, big data is watching you … and that could be a huge “challenge to the West”
South China Morning Post, January 21, 2018

Ecuador is fighting crime using Chinese surveillance technology
South China Morning Post, January 22, 2018

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

Ma Zhaoxu: China’s next man at the United Nations ... and on the front line of Xi’s global ambitions
South China Morning Post, January 21, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong smog hits top of the health risk scale, thanks to haze and low winds
South China Morning Post, January 22, 2018

Localist activist Edward Leung admits assaulting police during Mong Kok unrest, denies rioting charges
Hong Kong Free Press, January 22, 2018

Ex-lawmaker Frederick Fung says he will not step in if gov’t bars pro-democracy election nominee from running
Hong Kong Free Press, January 22, 2018

Shockingly low response rate to Hong Kong government public consultations revealed
South China Morning Post, January 22, 2018

Embattled Justice Sec. Teresa Cheng reveals she has a second property with illegal structures
Hong Kong Free Press, January 22, 2018

抗議期間爆粗涉辱師 浸大學生會長願致歉 (Baptist University Student Union chief says he is willing to apologize for using vulgar language against teacher during protest, claiming it was a “verbal misstep”)
Mingpao, January 21, 2018

Commentary (评论)

團結民主派,抗衡當局打壓 (Unite democratic parties and fight against suppression of the regime)
Inmediahk, January 22, 2018

Hong Kong democracy battle now waged in courts
Voice of America, January 22, 2018

法政匯思:《中英聯合聲明》是條約嗎?以條約法的角度解讀(一) (Interpret Sino-British Joint Declaration from a treaty law perspective)
Pentoy, January 20, 2018

Why go easy on Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng in illegal structures saga?
South China Morning Post, January 20, 2018