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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tibetan writer handed three-year prison term for “inciting separatism”
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018

青海同仁县歌手夏吾扎西刑满获释 (Tibetan singer in Qinghai released after 5 years in prison for spreading news about self-immolations)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018

Xinjiang university president purged under “two-faced” officials campaign
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018

Battleground Malaysia: China extends crackdown on Uyghurs across borders
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese supermodel Liu Wen slammed on Instagram for referring to “Lunar New Year”
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018

Chinese state media launch “hold your mother’s hand” campaign with Xi Jinping at forefront
What’s On Weibo, February 20, 2018

Chinese man detained for 10 days after calling top Chinese nuclear submarine scientist “unfilial”
Hong Kong Free Press, February 20, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

人权活动人士日内瓦发言,呼吁关注王全璋、桂民海 (Human rights activists call for release of rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang and bookseller Gui Minhai at Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy)
Voice of America, February 21, 2018

Academics protest China’s censorship requests
The Scientist, February 20, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

深圳国际教会聚会点被以“消防不合格”查封 (Church shut down in Shenzhen for failing fire safety inspection)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018

意大利媒體:教宗已同意中梵協議 最快下月簽署 (The Pope reportedly agrees to ink agreement with China as soon as next month)
Corriere della Sera, February 19, 2018

网络时代的小镇:欲望、赌博和“贷款鲨鱼” (Small town in the Internet era: lust, gambling, and loan sharks)
The Initium, February 19, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中国“大数据”四问:官商民集体狂欢的背后,“数据利维坦”正在降临? (Mainland big data frenzy under microscope: Is the “data Leviathan” coming?)
The Initium, February 21, 2018

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

Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives crisis, indebted Pacific nations alarmed
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 21, 2018

China undermining us “with sticks and carrots”: Outgoing German minister
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 19, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

指有愛國愛港人士「睇唔過眼」田北辰稱兩會提案促解釋軟禁劉霞 (Lawmaker Michael Tien pledges to call for Liu Xia’s release during upcoming NPC and CPPCC sessions)
Apple Daily, February 21, 2018

Oxfam Hong Kong loses 715 donors – worth HK$1 million annually – following Haiti scandal at UK affiliate
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2018

Gov’t finds “no breach of tenancy terms” at legislative by-election candidate Paul Zimmerman’s Sai Kung home
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Enough forced confessions, China – free bookseller Gui Minhai now!
PEN International, February 21, 2018

串謀違憲 (Martin Lee: SAR government conspires with “ruler of Hong Kong” and politically screens candidates)
Apple Daily, February 21, 2018

Blackface skit on TV gala a sign that rising China needs to combat racial and ethnic stereotyping
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018

Hong Kong police force must take criticism on the chin and get on with the job
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018

蔡寶琼:語言、文化與身分——普通話考試風波的宏觀脈絡 (Language, culture, and identity amid Mandarin test saga)
Mingpao, February 20, 2018

香港的大学生不喜欢普通话吗? (Do university students in Hong Kong dislike Putonghua?)
CNPolitics, February 12, 2018

Waking up to China’s infiltration of American colleges
The Washington Post, February 19, 2018