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 19, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

When China’s top lawmakers don’t go by the Communist Party’s playbook
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2018

中國即將通過國家監察法 紀委「雙規」將合法化 (China to pass Supervision Law, legalizing detention of party members during investigation)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 19, 2018

China anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan named Xi Jinping's deputy
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 17, 2018

Surprise choice for China’s new anti-graft watchdog signals Communist Party’s authority over the state
South China Morning Post, March 18, 2018

Detained Chinese rights group spokeswoman denied visit from defense lawyer
人权斗士徐秦被监视居住 律师会见遭拒
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2018

中國網絡安全法:外企為何抱有疑慮? (Why foreign enterprises worry about the China's Cybersecurity Law?)
Financial Times, March 16, 2018

多部门:适当限制特定严重失信人乘坐民航火车,5月起实施 (Multiple departments issue opinions on restricting “seriously untrustworthy people” from travelling on trains and planes), March 16, 2018

China steps up pressure on dissidents who oppose changes to constitution
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

China propaganda kicks into overdrive as “helmsman” Xi re-anointed president
Reuters, March 18, 2018

Digital protectionism and national security
Financial Times, March 17, 2018

How a viral eye roll broke the silence on China's heavily censored web
Global Voices, March 16, 2018

最高法网络公开审判流程信息新规解读:杜绝“选择性公开” (Supreme People’s Court issues regulations to prohibit “selective” disclosure of judicial process information online)
China Court, March 16, 2018

2017年四季度9省份名义GDP负增长 (9 provinces record negative nominal GDP growth in Q4 2017, likely resulting from correction of false data)
Nikkei, March 16, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Made-in-China halal: Online discussions on “Halalification”
What’s on Weibo, March 17, 2018

Young China: How the restless generation will change their country and the world
China File, March 16, 2018

異鄉人——竺晶瑩:從「盛世」中出走,那些與我同行的中國年輕人 (The Stranger: Story of young Chinese and I who exit from a “Golden Age” China)
The Initium, March 16, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Why ghost marriages live on in rural China
Sixth Tone, March 19, 2018

China widens Xi's corruption crackdown
Agence France-Presse, March 18, 2018

China has new three-year plan to clean up environment, minister says
South China Morning Post, March 18, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s new frontiers in dystopian tech
The Atlantic, March 18, 2018

Deleted, suspended, demoted: Censorship, Silicon Valley-style
Al Jazeera, March 18, 2018

工业和信息化部关于做好电信业务经营不良名单和失信名单管理工作的通知 (MIIT: New credit system for telecommunications industry will blacklist/expose harmful, dishonest companies)
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, March 16, 2018

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

China urges US to “correct mistake” on Taiwan
Agence France-Presse, March 18, 2018

Prague opened the door to Chinese influence. Now it may need to change course.
Foreign Policy, March 16, 2018

“We Are Chinese”: How China is influencing Sierra Leone’s presidential election
The Diplomat, March 16, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s proposed national anthem law deviates from common law norms, says legal scholar
Hong Kong Free Press, March 19, 2018

No need for formal consultation over law against national anthem abuse, says Hong Kong leader
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2018

專訪余英時 拒絕變順民 寄語港人:不要放棄 (Renowned Sinologist Yu Ying-shin encourages HongKongers to never give up and become docile people)
Apple Daily, March 18, 2018

最年長被告 周樹榮:公民抗命就係無畏無懼 (Oldest defender in anti-NPC interpretation protest says civil disobedience means being fearless)
Inmediahk, March 18, 2018

Hongkongers who lobby for end to “one-party dictatorship” run risk of election disqualification, top Beijing delegate warns
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Never mind the partisan labels: the real loser of Hong Kong’s by-elections was our political system
Hong Kong Free Press, March 19, 2018

Youth commissions? Hong Kong should stop prosecuting and disqualifying young people to regain their trust
Hong Kong Free Press, March 18, 2018

Xi’s indefinite grasp on power has finally captured the West’s attention – now what?
The Conversation, March 16, 2018

Human rights are not enough
The Nation, March 16, 2018

Policy analysis on China’s civil society organizations
China-Europe Association for Civil Rights, March 15, 2018