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 22, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

余文生遭刑拘律师求见 国际特赦紧急救援 (Rights lawyer Yu Wensheng denied access to legal counsel under detention. Amnesty urges international community to take actions)
Radio Free Asia, March 21, 2018

China: Further information: Human rights lawyer detained incommunicado: Yu Wensheng
Amnesty International, March 21, 2018

China gives Communist Party more control over policy and media
The New York Times, March 21, 2018

(两会受权发布)第十三届全国人民代表大会第一次会议主席团关于《中华人民共和国宪法修正案(草案)》审议情况的报告 (Report of NPC Presidium on Constitutional amendments: Deputies unanimously endorse changes to Party leadership, term limits and Supervision Commission)
Xinhua News Agency, March 21, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

When reform means tighter controls
China Media Project, March 22, 2018

Australian critic of Beijing refused entry to China and deported
The Guardian, March 22, 2018

Sensitive word of the week: King Sager
China Digital Times, March 21, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Separated Souls: Uyghur journalist’s unbreakable resolve to help her detained family
Amnesty International, March 16, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s forced labor problem
The Diplomat, March 21, 2018

南京一公务员非法泄露他人信息82万余条,获刑四年 (Nanjing public servant sentenced to 4 years in prison for leaking 820,000 pieces of personal information), March 21, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Campaign targets Apple over privacy betrayal for Chinese iCloud users
Amnesty International, March 22, 2018

China activists fear high-tech crackdown in Xi's “new era”
Agence France-Presse, March 21, 2018

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

US lawmakers seek to force Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents
South China Morning Post, March 22, 2018

China’s Trojan Horse human rights resolution
The Diplomat, March 22, 2018

It’s the mysterious department behind China’s growing influence across the globe. And it’s getting bigger
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018

習近平:台獨「注定受到歷史懲罰」 台灣外交部:別國不該說三道四 (Xi Jinping claims Taiwan independence “destined to be punished by history”. Taiwan MFA refutes “other country shouldn’t make irresponsible remarks”.)
Local Press, March 21, 2018

辽宁舰现身台湾海峡 台媒:解放军舰机绕台极大化 (China sails aircraft carrier through Taiwan Strait)
People’s Daily, March 22, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Chief Exec. Carrie Lam hails “historic moment” as Hong Kong set to welcome first female judges to top court
Hong Kong Free Press, March 22, 2018

Hiring more ethnic minority staff a “win-win” scenario in Hong Kong workplaces, leaders say
South China Morning Post, March 22, 2018

Hong Kong launches action plan on human trafficking but critics say more must be done
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018

Hong Kong’s new top Basic Law official: the bureaucrat involved in drafting recent amendments to China’s constitution
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018

Commentary (评论)

收威權政府三萬元的代價 (Price to pay for accepting 30,000 dollars from the authoritarian government)
Inmediahk, March 22, 2018