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, March 14, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China unveils superagencies to fight pollution and other threats to party rule
The New York Times, March 13, 2018

关于《中华人民共和国监察法(草案)》的说明 (Statement of the Supervision Law of PRC (Draft))
Xinhua News Agency, March 13, 2018

司法部官员指称吊照律师“害群之马” 遭谴责 (Ministry of Justice slammed for calling rights lawyers “black sheep”)
Radio Free Asia, March 13, 2018

Tibetan monk released after serving 10-year prison term, two others detained
Radio Free Asia, March 13, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

China dragoons viewers to make pro-Xi film a blockbuster
Agence France-Presse, March 14, 2018

习近平欲为文革翻案?解读新版历史教科书争议 (Is Xi trying to reverse the verdict of Cultural Revolution? Interpreting the new history textbook controversy)
The New York Times, March 14, 2018

A reporter rolled her eyes, and China’s Internet broke
The New York Times, March 13, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chen Jianfang & Li Xiaoling named 2018 recipients of Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, March 14, 2018

山西大学出现抗习海报 成境内首间与海外留学生连线高校 (Anti-Xi posters appear in Shanxi University amid global #NotMyPresident campaign)
Radio Free Asia, March 13, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

关于国务院机构改革方案的说明 (State Council sets up new Ministry of Culture and Tourism and State Administration of Radio and TV, both tasked with “implementing party propaganda policies”)
Xinhua News Agency, March 14, 2018

China puts an end to its notorious one-child policy enforcer
South China Morning Post, March 14, 2018

China plans new competition, food watchdog in government revamp
Reuters, March 13, 2018

New immigration bureau set up to handle growing number of foreigners in China
South China Morning Post, March 13, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

王士岭代表:建议全民开展国际公德教育,建立个人信用档案 (15 NPC deputies propose nationwide international social ethics education to raise international laws awareness, build performance-based individual credit files)
The Paper, March 13, 2018

China delaying reports of software loopholes so intelligence agency can exploit them, researchers find
Hong Kong Free Press, March 13, 2018

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

Xinjiang official vows to continue “intense” campaign against separatists
South China Morning Post, March 14, 2018

Fear of China scuttles deal that didn't involve China
Wired, March 13, 2018

China launches mega aid agency in big shift from recipient to donor
South China Morning Post, March 13, 2018

Why China spends huge amounts on internal security
Inkstone, March 13, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

“Innocent victim”: Activist Howard Lam pleads not guilty to making false police report over abduction allegations
Hong Kong Free Press, March 14, 2018

王光亞:立會補選結果不錯 搞政治活動對香港發展不利 (Former head of HK and Macau Affairs Office claims by-election results “not bad”, “political activity harms development of HK”)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 14, 2018

“Dirty election”: Lawmaker-elect Au Nok-hin calls pro-Beijing camp “sore loser" for filing legal challenge against him
Hong Kong Free Press, March 14, 2018

Joint checkpoint deal has no constitutional foundation; legislature has no authority to enact it, says Bar Assoc.
Hong Kong Free Press, March 14, 2018

Submission of the Hong Kong Bar Association: In respect of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Bill
Hong Kong Bar Association, March 13, 2018

Apologetic Hong Kong by-election loser Edward Yiu says pan-dems must explain confrontational Legco antics to voters
South China Morning Post, March 14, 2018

鏗鏘集:意料之外 (An unexpected failure)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 12, 2018

Businessman files challenge to disqualify incoming lawmaker Au Nok-hin over burning of Basic Law “prop”
Hong Kong Free Press, March 13, 2018

市民提覆核區諾軒資格 梁家傑:與選民為敵 (Alan Leong calls citizen’s attempt to disqualify Au Nok-hin “making enemy with the people”)
HKEJ, March 13, 2018

Commentary (评论)

What the Xi Jinping era will mean for China and the world
Livemint, March 14, 2018

Can the quad counter China's Belt and Road Initiative?
The Diplomat, March 14, 2018

政治局勢急變 我的幾點思考 (Nathan Law: My thoughts on the changing political tides)
Inmediahk, March 14, 2018

Forbidden Feeds: Government controls on social media in China
PEN America, March 13, 2018