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, March 12, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China sets up new super agency to fight corruption
South China Morning Post, March 12, 2018

监察法生效后会否与人民检察院组织法冲突?王胜明回应 (Will the Supervision Law contradict to the Organic Law of the People’s Procuatorates? Internal and Judicial Affairs Committee says the later and Criminal Law will be amended for consistency), March 12, 2018

Xi Jinping’s rise from graft-fighting governor to president for life
Agence France-Presse, March 11, 2018

“This could destroy China”: Parliament sets Xi Jinping up to rule for life
The Guardian, March 11, 2018

维权“女侠”吴菊芳被刑拘,南京公安制造冤假错案打脸最高法院 (Rights defender Wu Jufang, previously kidnapped in secret, confirmed of under detention of Nanjing police)
Weiquanwang, March 11, 2018

修宪提案几乎全票通过 两张反对票是遮羞布? (Constitution amendments passed almost unanimously, are the only two nays just cover-up?)
Radio Free Asia, March 11, 2018

胡佳:这个时候要站在最前沿抗争 (Chinese dissent Hu Jia says it is time to fight on the front line)
Voice of America, March 11, 2018

十三届全国人大一次会议举行第二次全体会议 (Heads of Supreme People’s Court, Supreme People’s Procuratorate report to NPC, propose “thoroughly studying and implementing Xi Jinping Thought” as 2018 work priority)
National People’s Congress, March 9, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits
Reuters, March 12, 2018

Why has Cantonese fallen out of favor with Guangzhou youngsters?
South China Morning Post, March 12, 2018

Prominent Chinese feminist social media account censored on International Women’s Day
Hong Kong Free Press, March 9, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Civil society groups maligned as Western conspiracy in Asia
The Sydney Morning Herald, March 11, 2018

Taiwanese protesters rally for “nuclear-free” island
Agence France-Presse, March 11, 2018

违宪损害法治 公民吁罢免司法部长张军 (Citizens and lawyers launch petition and call head of Ministry of Justice to resign, claiming new regulations on legal practitioners violate the Constitution)
Radio Free Asia, March 9, 2018

Far from home and censors, some Chinese students protest Xi’s power move
The New York Times, March 9, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国生态保护红线年内划定 为绿水青山设制度“屏障” (Ministry of Environmental Protection claims to draw “bio-protection redline” before year end), March 12, 2018

部分地方行政干预司法情况严重 人大法工委回应 (NPC Law Committee says serious executive interference in judiciary persists in some part of the country), March 12, 2018

【聚焦监察法草案】②监察委员会是政治机关 (China Discipline Inspection Daily: National Supervision Commission is a political organ — not an administrative or judicial organ — whose fundamental purpose is to bolster CPC leadership in anti-corruption work)
China Discipline Inspection Commission, March 8, 2018

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

China to restructure foreign affairs team in push for greater role on world stage, source says
South China Morning Post, March 10, 2018

Hong Kong, (香港)

Hong Kong democrats win 2 of 4 seats in legislative by-election, as ousted lawmaker Edward Yiu fails to regain seat
Hong Kong Free Press, March 12, 2018

Campaigning failures and inexperience cost me the election, says defeated Hong Kong democrat Edward Yiu
Hong Kong Free Press, March 12, 2018

九西票站分析 建制區議員樁腳效應勁 公屋區得票大勝 (Statistics from polling stations show pro-establishment successfully mobilize their own constituencies, huge victory in public housing districts)
Inmediahk, March 12, 2018

What happened to the disqualifications backlash? Five takeaways from Hong Kong’s Legco by-election
South China Morning Post, March 12, 2018

President of legislature says he is not worried about repeat of oath-taking row
Hong Kong Free Press, March 12, 2018

”Constitutional order” in Hong Kong maintained, leader of China’s legislature says
South China Morning Post, March 12, 2018

Commentary (评论)

西方对中国崛起的神助攻 (How the West assist rise of China)
Financial Times, March 12, 2018

“President for life” Xi risks repeat of China’s Mao-era mistakes
South China Morning Post, March 11, 2018

”Every place you go, you are being watched”: Reporting from Xi's China
The Guardian, March 10, 2018

YouTube, the great radicalizer
The New York Times, March 10, 2018

End of an era
China File, March 9, 2018