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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

市民政局:非法社会组织立即停止活动 (Beijing Ministry of Civil Affairs bans “illegal social organization” from carrying out activities)
The Beijing News, February 13, 2018

纪斯尊狱中生命危在旦夕,同案的肢残人徐钟富奔波省高院申诉 (Rights defender Ji Sizun in critical conditions in jail, as disabled rights defender Xu Zhongfu appeals his sentence at top court)
Weiquanwang, February 13, 2018

中国拟议的“留置”制度是种司法倒退 (The new “detention arrangement” by Supervision Commission is a deterioration of “rule of law”)
Financial Times, February 12, 2018

Xinjiang authorities launch anti-religion campaign through local police stations
Radio Free Asia, February 12, 2018

Daughter of detained bookseller Gui Minhai says “interview” he gave to selected media was likely scripted
Hong Kong Free Press, February 12, 2018

Honey, I’m home! 1,300 Chinese prisoners granted 5 days’ freedom over Lunar New Year holiday
South China Morning Post, February 12, 2018

云南被判重刑的基督徒提出上诉 (Yunnan Christians appeal hefty sentences)
Radio Free Asia, February 12, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

China moves against anime on streaming sites
China Film Insider, February 12, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

江西省弋阳县民代幼教师50多人到该县信访局上访维权 (More than 50 teachers in Jiangxi petition to State Bureau for Letters and Calls for social insurance contributions and medical care)
Weiquanwang, February 12, 2018

From policeman to lawyer to fisherman to “criminal”: The tortuous road of a human rights lawyer
China Change, February 12, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

原重慶市委書記孫政才被天津檢察機關以受賄罪提起公訴 (Former Chongqing Party Secretary Sun ZhengCai charged with bribery)
HK01, February 13, 2018

Carbon monoxide poisoning has killed over 100 in China this year
The New York Times, February 12, 2018

Worries rise as Pope and China edge closer to deal on bishops
The New York Times, February 9, 2018

Hong Kong Catholics step up opposition to Vatican deal with Beijing
Reuters, February 13, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

从无人机到手机——中国科技对美国的“数据威胁” (From drones to cellphones – China's “digital threat” to America)
Voice of America, February 13, 2018

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

China's Xi stresses military modernization in pre-new year visit
Reuters, February 13, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Umbrella Movement trial: Court refuses to scrap "inciting others to incite public nuisance" charge
Hong Kong Free Press, February 13, 2018

UK MPs express support for Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination
Hong Kong Free Press, February 13, 2018

Court rejects pro-independence activist’s case that Hong Kong election officials cannot bar people based on political views
South China Morning Post, February 13, 2018

港大:鄭若驊首次民望34.1分 歷任律政司長新低 (HKU polls finds Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng receives lowest approval rating compared to her predecessors)
Mingpao, February 13, 2018

Baptist University senate groups to review controversial Mandarin graduation requirement
South China Morning Post, February 13, 2018

將政治注入生命,眾志青年的青春殘酷物語 (Politics as vocation: The bumpy journey of young party members in the Demosistō)
The Initium, February 13, 2018

Respect decisions by China’s top legislative body just as we did British authorities, Hong Kong minister urges
South China Morning Post, February 12, 2018

Hong Kong Communications Authority chief Huen Wong resigns
Hong Kong Free Press, February 12, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Changing Hong Kong people’s traditions won’t make them love China
South China Morning Post, February 13, 2018

站在习时代,如何评价邓小平? (How to evaluate Deng Xiaoping in the Xi Era?)
The New York Times, February 13, 2018

An open letter to conferences of Catholic bishops across the world
Free Catholics in China, February 12, 2018

民主如何消逝 (How does democracy fade away)
Mingpao, February 13, 2018

立法會法律部要求澄清一地兩檢條例的憲法基礎 (Legal Service Division of LegCo raises questions for SAR government on constitutional ground of co-location arrangement)
Inmediahk, February 12, 2018

愚民政策下的愚民 (The foolish brainwashed by CPC)
Radio Free Asia, February 12, 2018

提议大学生研读的中国文革书目(上) (A booklist on Cultural Revolution for college students)
Financial Times, February 10, 2018