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 27, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Lawyer’s death at Chinese military hospital raises questions
Associated Press, February 26, 2018

除了取消任期限制,习氏修宪还将带来哪些深远影响? (What impacts will Xi’s Constitution amendments bring other than removing term limits?)
The Initium, February 27, 2017

中国军方也表态了 “坚决拥护”修宪建议 (Chinese military pledges “resolute” support to amend Constitution)
Voice of America, February 27, 2018

法工委:正会同有关方面对个人信息保护立法进行研究论证 (Legislative Affairs Commission of NPC Standing Committee researches legislation to “protect personal information”)
The Paper, February 26, 2018

最高检出台《规定》进一步规范强制医疗决定监督工作, 坚决防止和纠正“假精神病”“被精神病” (Supreme People’s Procuratorate issues regulation to further standardize supervision of medical decisions to prevent healthy individuals from being “falsely” diagnosed or “subjected” to compulsory mental health treatment)
Supreme People’s Procuratorate, February 26, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

“Ensuring happier lives”: Chinese media defends move to make Xi Jinping all powerful
The Guardian, February 27, 2018

Xi Jinping Thought explained: A new ideology for a new era
The New York Times, February 26, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

世界人权团体致函联合国人权理事会成员国问责中国人权 (Human rights groups urge UN Human Rights Council in open letter to hold China accountable for violations)
Voice of America, February 27, 2018

Human rights groups call on States to hold China accountable at the UN Human Rights Council
International Federation for Human Rights, February 26, 2018

海外民主人士发联署声明 反对习近平可永续延任 (Chinese dissidents overseas launch signature campaign against Xi’s indefinite rule)
Radio Free Asia, February 26, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China defends controversial detention measure of new anti-graft ministry
Reuters, February 27, 2018

自然保护区最大执法行动问责千余人 关停企业2460家 (Ministry of Environmental Protection holds over 1,000 people accountable, shuts down 2,460 companies in 5 months joint sweep)
Legal Daily, February 27, 2018

Who is “Uncle He?” The man in charge of China’s economy
The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2018

China urges regions to take responsibility after Yangtze smog surge
Reuters, February 27, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China is using big data to repress its Muslim Uyghur population, a rights group says
Associated Press, February 26, 2018


China: Big data fuels crackdown in minority region
Human Rights Watch, February 26, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

KMB bus driver alliance suspends labor action after talks with company achieve “preliminary success”
Hong Kong Free Press, February 27, 2018

Legco by-election rivals on Hong Kong Island urge “safeguarding the rule of law” … but whose way will win votes?
South China Morning Post, February 27, 2018

“I am a troublemaker”: Hong Kong Baptist University denies contract extension for staff union chair
Hong Kong Free Press, February 27, 2018

Chinese-language help for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority pupils lacks transparency, NGO finds
South China Morning Post, February 27, 2018

Commentary (评论)

民主運動的第三條路 (Third path of democratic movement)
Apple Daily, February 27, 2018

Repression & Resilience: Annual Report on Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China (2017)
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, February 26, 2018

Xi Jinping may be president for life. What will happen to China?
The New Yorker, February 26, 2018

China’s stability myth is dead
Foreign Policy, February 26, 2018

President Xi’s strongman rule raises new fears of hostility and repression
The New York Times, February 25, 2018