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, February 02, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

甄江华案通报:律师收到不准许会见决定书和不予变更强制措施通知书 目前指定居所监视居住 (Human rights defender Zhen Jianghua denied access to legal counsel and put under residential surveillance at designated location for inciting subversion)
Weiquanwang, February 2, 2018

广东反贪人士“惠州区伯”李建新案开审 家属公民旁听受阻 (Li Jianxin, man fights against local-level corruption, faces racketeering charges in Guangdong, as some family members and citizens barred from entering courtroom)
Radio Free Asia, February 1, 2018

钱宝网实际控制人张小雷等人被依法执行逮捕 (Zhang Xiaolei, man behind busted pyramid scheme, and others formally arrested)
The Beijing News, February 1, 2018

Germany calls for release of Chinese human rights lawyer arrested for inciting subversion
Reuters, February 1, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

微博客信息服务管理规定 (CAC releases Microblog Information Service Management Regulations in line with Cybersecurity Law and Internet News Information Service Management Regulations)
Cybersecurity Administration of China, February 2, 2018

广东省网信办约谈UC头条 社会、视频等四个频道暂时下线整改 (Guangdong authorities shut down 4 channels of UC Toutiao, the online news dissemination platform, for “hyping wrong-headed, vulgar, pornographic information”), February 1, 2018

文化部严肃查处恶搞《黄河大合唱》等红色经典视频,已下线3898条 (Ministry of Culture investigates spoofing of patriotic songs and censors 3,898 videos and 165 audios)
The Beijing News, February 2, 2018

華春瑩再爆金句 斥《產經》記者「來者不善」須自省 ( (Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman rebukes Japanese journalist over deteriorating environment for foreign media in China by saying “you have to self-reflect deeply”)
Mingpao, February 1, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Rise of “morality schools” for Chinese women sparks outcry
Associated Press, February 2, 2018

河南一访民通过国家司法考试:上访14年后,开始学法用法 (Henan woman teaches herself law and passes National Judicial Exam after petitioning for 14 years)
China Youth Daily, February 1, 2018

西咸新区龙安居业主:我们到陕西省政府省人大请愿 (Store owners petition at government and NPC in Shaanxi asking for refund of project that remains unfinished for years)
Weiquanwang, February 1, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China commends Theresa May for “sidestepping” human rights
The Guardian, February 2, 2018

China brings nearly 13 mln people out of poverty in 2017 - Xinhua
Reuters, February 2, 2018

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

China reacts to ASIO claims of “extreme threat” with a joke
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 2, 2018

Chinese foreign aid in East Asia during the Trump era
The Diplomat, February 2, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Student Union slams Baptist U “crackdown” on Mandarin test protesters, as school lifts suspensions
Hong Kong Free Press, February 2, 2018

Joshua Wong and other Occupy leaders nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by US congressmen
South China Morning Post, February 1, 2018

Bipartisan group of lawmakers nominates Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement for the Nobel Peace Prize
Congressional-Executive Commission on China, February 1, 2018

“Noxious fish” and grasshoppers unleashed as banned candidates protest at Hong Kong election briefing
Hong Kong Free Press, February 1, 2018

官威壓中電 DQ主任「撻朵」迫跟進屋企停電 (Official responsible for disqualifying pan-dems found of trying to bend electricity company to meet her personal request by filing complaint on paper identifiable as from government official and sending it via government fax machine during working hours)
Apple Daily, February 2, 2018

Hong Kong police officers can operate at Legco without prior approval or invitation, court rules
South China Morning Post, February 1, 2018

Commentary (评论)

China’s middle class is pulling up the ladder behind itself
Foreign Policy, February 1, 2018

Journalism denied: How China views the news
China Media Project, February 1, 2018

Gerry Shih on China’s Uyghur Muslims, under pressure at home and abroad
Supchina, February 1, 2018

Hong Kong’s great leap backward on political rights
Hong Kong Free Press, February 1, 2018