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.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Macau move to curtail foreign judges sparks concerns over China's growing control
Reuters, March 8, 2018

习近平等分别参加全国人大会议一些代表团审议 (Xi Jinping: Constitution amendments “reflect the common will of the Party and the people”, “democracy is fully exercised”)
Xinhua News Agency, March 7, 2018

How Xi Jinping made his power grab: With stealth, speed and guile
The New York Times, March 7, 2018

四川阿坝发生2018年首起藏人自焚事件 (Tibetan man self-immolates in Sichuan. First death in 2018)
Voice of America, March 8, 2018

西藏黨委書記批評美聯社報道西藏自焚事件非實事求是 (Tibet party secretary slams AP for reporting self-immolation not based on facts)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 8, 2018

Exiled Uyghur leader says “red notice” demonstrates China’s harassment of critics abroad
Radio Free Asia, March 7, 2018

India, with eye on China ties, bans Tibetans rally in New Delhi
Reuters, March 7, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

思想话语权事关国家安全 (People’s Daily: Authority of thought concerns national security)
People’s Daily, March 8, 2018

两会新疆微信“九不准” 违者最高囚八年 (Xinjiang tightens censorship on WeChat during Two Sessions, warning offenders of 8 years behind bars)
Radio Free Asia, March 7, 2018

Shantou University was a model for China’s reform. Now, why is it toeing the line?
The Christian Science Monitor, March 5, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China faces shortage of express delivery workers in the New Year
China Labor Bulletin, March 8, 2018

After #MeToo success, Chinese rights activists urge lawmakers to join the fight against sexual harassment
South China Morning Post, March 8, 2018

#MeToo movement meets China's firewall
Deutsche Welle, March 7, 2018

Chinese students in America say “Not My President”
Foreign Policy, March 7, 2018

China’s long arm reaches into American campuses
Foreign Policy, March 7, 2018

公民联署促人大代表罢免司法部长张军 (Citizens launch signature campaign calling for removal of Ministry of Justice chief Zhang Jun)
Radio Free Asia, March 7, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

湖南省纪委:常宁市法院原书记员酒后殴打纪委书记 已被刑拘 (Drunk Hunan court clerk beats up local Commission for Discipline Inspection party chief. He is now criminally detained)
The Beijing News, March 8, 2018

How Chinese women “hold up half the sky” but earn far less than men
South China Morning Post, March 8, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Weibo user claims data theft, extortion by iCloud support
China Digital Times, March 8, 2018

China’s Huawei is at center of fight over 5G’s future
The New York Times, March 7, 2018

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

Taiwan's allies ditching Taipei an “irresistible trend”, China says
Reuters, March 8, 2018

China pushing to be more active in region, global diplomacy
Associated Press, March 8, 2018

How does China formulate its foreign policy?
South China Morning Post, March 8, 2018

Eight countries in danger of falling into China’s “debt trap”
Quartz, March 7, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

國歌法列明規範場合 擬納入中小學教育指引條文 補選後啟動本地程序 (LegCo to kick off local legislation of National Anthem Law and including it in guidelines for middle and primary schools)
Mingpao, March 8, 2018

Can Beijing achieve its next big goal for Hong Kong – making people feel more Chinese?
South China Morning Post, March 8, 2018

Elderly activist convicted of contempt for wearing “Reclaim Hong Kong” scarf during Mong Kok unrest trial
Hong Kong Free Press, March 8, 2018

Another man accused of taking photos in courtroom during Mong Kok trial
Hong Kong Free Press, March 8, 2018

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam should delegate more and stick around for two terms, aide urges
South China Morning Post, March 8, 2018

收集逾50宗個案 她誓要揭露香港基督教性暴力真象 (NGO worker collects cases and vows to disclose truth of sexual violence at Christian Churches in Hong Kong)
Stand News, March 7, 2018

明報記者投訴遭警打 監警:無法完全證屬實 (Police Complaints Council finds alleged beating of Mingpao reporter “totally unable to prove to be true”)
Mingpao, March 7, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Rebels and rebellion in classic Chinese literature
Global Voices, March 8, 2018

Xi Jinping amends China’s Constitution
Lawfare, March 7, 2018

Xi Jinping and China’s “good emperor, bad emperor” problem
Financial Times, March 8, 2018

China’s military spending
China File, March 6, 2018