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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China moves to let Xi stay in power by abolishing term limit
The New York Times, February 25, 2018

“Dictator for life”: Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny
The Guardian, February 26, 2018

“I miss her so much”: Australian man pleads for wife's release from Chinese prison
The Guardian, February 25, 2018

为母报仇张扣扣首见律师 就私刑报复民间舆论撕裂 (Zhang Koukou, veteran who kills 3 in revenge, meets with lawyer and bursts into tears when asked about mother's death)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2018

余文生事件株连家人 妻许艳拟到香港遭拒出境 (Wife of rights lawyer Yu Wensheng banned from leaving China)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2018

Police in China's Jiangsu criminally detain “outspoken” human rights activist
徐秦被以涉嫌寻衅滋事罪刑拘 好友透露当局大规模搜罪证
Radio Free Asia, February 23, 2018

中共中央印发《中央党内法规制定工作第二个五年规划(2018-2022年)》 (CPC to strengthen leadership, claims new party regulation plan)
Xinhua News Agency, February 23, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

China pushes back against criticism of plan for Xi to stay in power
Reuters, February 26, 2018

Hurt feelings: How foreign brands are proving to be a soft target as China wields its power
Hong Kong Free Press, February 25, 2018

北京依法责令新浪微博、凤凰网等6家网站限期整改 (Beijing authorities slam Sina Weibo and others for failing to censor vulgar contents)
Xinhua News Agency, February 24, 2018

在微博上“辱骂”中共武汉市委书记陈一新的丁文婷女士今转为刑事拘留 (Woman criminally detained for criticizing city party secretary on Weibo, asking him to “get out of Wuhan”)
Weiquanwang, February 24, 2018

网上说话不要有口无心 郑州一网民因辱警被拘14日 (Man detained for 14 days in Henan after “insulting” police online), February 22, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国版MeToo:性骚扰者被解雇後,她们想建立制度保护 (MeToo in China: Sexual harassment victims to set up protection mechanism after dismissal)
The Initium, February 26, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

教育部:中小学教师诱导或逼迫学生参加校外培训等 可取消教师资格 (Ministry of Education threatens to dismiss primary and middle school teachers who “lure or coerce” students to join extra-curriculum tutoring)
The Beijing News, February 26, 2018

China’s new super graft-buster will outrank courts and prosecutors
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2018

Date set for decision day on China’s next top government line-up
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2018

Top Chinese cabinet official Yang Jing’s sacking “linked to missing billionaire Xiao Jianhua”
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2018

China wants to lead the climate-change fight. It better solve its milk problem.
Quartz, February 24, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s authoritarian state has an edge in artificial intelligence development
The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2018

Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears
Reuters, February 24, 2018

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

Chinese military drone sales hover over Middle East
Associated Press, February 26, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Who cares about popularity? Rita Fan unapologetic as she calls time on 34 years of Hong Kong politics
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2018

Woman who led KMB drivers’ strike suspended from work
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2018

Creative posters and big names part of campaign for Kowloon West hopefuls in Hong Kong by-election
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2018

Commentary (评论)

中國維權律師關注組:以惡法治國 (China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group: Rule the country with evil laws)
Inmediahk, February 26, 2018

修宪回避不了的接班人问题,毛时代动荡会否重现? (Amending Constitution can’t solve problem of who will become successor. Will turbulent Mao Era reappear?)
The Initium, February 26, 2018

一切荒诞都已经荒诞过了——由小说《大典》说起 (The Ceremony - Wang Lixiong’s new novel)
The Initium, February 26, 2018

“Just the way things are”: What will future generations make of Hong Kong’s inequality?
Hong Kong Free Press, February 26, 2018

Responsible media should not act as Beijing’s pawns when reporting on staged, forced confessions
Hong Kong Free Press, February 24, 2018

As PyeongChang Olympics close, countdown to Beijing begins
Human Rights Watch, February 24, 2018