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, January 25, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

“I’m being politically persecuted again”: China revokes license of human rights lawyer Sui Muqing
Hong Kong Free Press, January 25, 2018

China detained bookseller Gui Minhai “to stop him from telling his story”
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2018

Catholic bishops “asked to stand aside” in favor of those approved by Beijing: Report
教廷迫原任命主教让位给爱国主教? 梵蒂冈重大让步
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2018

深圳禁“职业投诉人”恶意举报,包括食品举报却超出合理消费 (Shenzhen bans reports on food safety by “professional complainants” who aim at extorting money from vendors, claiming they “disrupt normal economic market order and affect social harmony and stability”)
Shenzhen Branch of Cyberspace Administration of China, January 24, 2018

35名抗议草场被汉人侵占的蒙古族牧民被判刑 (35 herdsmen from Inner Mongolia sentenced after fighting for grassland rights)
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2018

中央政法工作会议:矢志不渝做社会主义法治国家建设者 (Guo Shengkun, head of Political and Legal Affairs Commission, claims to firmly resist separation of powers and judicial independence.), January 23, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Top Chinese university opens institute to study “Xi Jinping Thought”
北大成立「习近平思想」研究院 民主摇篮沦为政权贴金
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2018

黑龙江双鸭山煤矿爆炸2死1伤 地方当局封锁消息 (Heilongjiang government blocks information of deadly coal mine explosion that killed 2 and injured 1)
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2018

钱钢语象笔记:“命运共同体”考源 (Qian Gang’s notes on word usage: Origin of “community of common destiny”)
Lianhe Zaobao, January 23, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

李文足状告胡锡进侵犯名誉权 (Li Wenzu, wife of rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, sues Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief at Global Times, for reputation damage)
Radio France Internationale, January 24, 2018

Chinese mom pays price for an Ivanka Trump probe
Associated Press, January 24, 2018

去年全国网上信访同比上升近八成 (Number of online petition cases up 80% nationwide year on year)
Legal Daily, January 24, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

严查网游违规经营 保护未成年人健康成长 (China to crackdown on “illegal operation” of online video games to protect minors)
People’s Daily, January 25, 2018

中共中央 国务院发出《关于开展扫黑除恶专项斗争的通知》 (CPC Central Committee and State Council issue notice to “start dedicated battle to remove the black and eradicate the evil”)
Xinhua News Agency, January 24, 2018

Beijing to demolish thousands of “illegal structures”
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 24, 2018

“She’ll die if she stays with us”: A baby abandoned in China
The New York Times, January 24, 2018

China’s new Davos pledge—blue skies, literally, in three years
Quartz, January 24, 2018

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

Chinese gov’t taking over administration of Tibetan Buddhist monastery Larung Gar, NGO says
Hong Kong Free Press, January 25, 2018

China: New controls on Tibetan monastery
Human Rights Watch, January 24, 2018

Authorities in China’s Qinghai province block Tibetans from travel amid Dalai Lama teachings
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Video: UK committed to China relationship, but not at expense of Hong Kong’s Handover agreement, minister says
Hong Kong Free Press, January 25, 2018

Not for Hong Kong justice chief to decide if ousted lawmakers can run in by-elections, pan-dems say
South China Morning Post, January 25, 2018

Video: Hong Kong pro-democracy party by-election ad features “battered and bruised” ex-lawmakers
Hong Kong Free Press, January 25, 2018

Baptist University temporarily suspends two students following standoff over Mandarin test
Hong Kong Free Press, January 24, 2018

學聯等聯署 對浸大嚴正抗議和極度遺憾 (Students unions launch signature campaigns in protest against Baptist University’s decision of suspending students)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 24, 2018

No timetable for reforms on prosecuting power, Hong Kong justice chief says
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Ignore China's economic muscle and condemn it for kidnapping Gui Minhai
The Guardian, January 25, 2018

China reaches into the heart of Europe
The New York Times, January 25, 2018

What happens when the justice secretary’s very action encourage people to disrespect the law?
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2018

Apple can’t resist playing by China’s rules
The New York Times, January 23, 2018