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 20, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Activist in China's Guangdong confined in psychiatric hospital with “no sign of illness”
Radio Free Asia, February 19, 2018

余文生被刑拘一个月 住所六次遭搜查 (Yu Wensheng’s residence searched 6 times since start of his month-long criminal detention)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018

Protesting evictees in China’s Chongqing locked up in psychiatric facilities
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018

Anti-pollution activist held over Chinese New Year in China’s Jiangsu
Radio Free Asia, February 16, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

How China’s multi-pronged crackdown on dissent took aim at citizen journalists and rights defence websites
Financial Times, February 16, 2018

”Gotta find a way”: Chinese rap in crisis after Communist Party crackdown
Agence France-Presse, February 17, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

刘晓波遗孀刘霞孤独过年出国治疗毫无音信 (Liu Xiaobo’s widow, Liu Xia, spends New Year alone, no news on oversea medical treatment)
Voice of America, February 18, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

3秒之内识别网上在逃人员:昆明一线民警配备高科技智能眼镜 (Police in Kunming City equipped with smart glasses can identify fugitives within 3 seconds)
The Paper, Feb 15, 2018

我国网络直播用户规模达4.22亿 行业监管力度不断提升 (As number of China’s Internet livestreaming users reaches 422 million, regulatory bodies steadily increase supervision)
Xinhua, Feb 20, 2018

台湾华硕不愿屈服低头将云端服务撤出大陆 (Asus Taiwan refuses to compromise, withdraws cloud services from mainland China)
Radio France Internationale, February 18, 2018港澳台/20180218-台湾华硕不愿屈服低头将云端服务撤出大陆

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

China’s Hui Muslims fear education ban signals wider religious crackdown
Reuters, February 17, 2018

Xinjiang “separatists” and Tibet’s “Dalai cliques” – targets in China’s latest organised crime crackdown
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

香港众志年宵产品遭政治审查 (Hong Kong government subjects Demosisto's Lunar New Year Fair merchandise to political screening)
Radio Free Asia, February 15, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Democracy in Hong Kong would do wonders for China’s global reputation
South China Morning Post, February 17, 2018

The problem with China’s latest anti-Mafia crackdown
Hong Kong Free Press, February 17, 2018

春节、春晚和愚人 (Spring Festival, CCTV New Year's Gala, and fools)
The Financial Times, February 18, 2018