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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Uyghur father of two dies after falling ill in Xinjiang re-education camp
Radio Free Asia, April 12, 2018

Freedom for five men who say they were tortured into confessing
Sixth Tone, April 12, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Horns honk, and censors in China get a headache
The New York Times, April 12, 2018

全国扫黄打非办要求网络直播坚持正确导向,直播平台不得出现淫秽色情等不良内容 (National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications meets with 18 live-streaming, short video platforms demanding “content security” and strengthened content review)
Legal Daily, April 12, 2018

网民微信称“习皇”被警拘 人民网“不忘反个人崇拜”文被删 (Netizen detained for calling Xi Jinping “Emperor Xi”. Article warning cult of personality censored on mouthpiece website)
Radio Free Asia, April 12, 2018

聂辰席:各级广播电视部门机构要把宪法宣传教育作为重大主题 (SART requires radio and TV organizations to push propaganda of Constitution, “unswervingly safeguard authorities and centralized leadership of Party Central with Xi Jinping as core”), April 12, 2018

New target for China’s censors: Content driven by artificial intelligence
The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

A six-day strike in Shanghai caused by a $110 pay cut – collective action by sanitation workers in China’s “New Era” of stability maintenance
China Change, April 13, 2018

Workers at Flex in Zhuhai enter third week of strike over ownership change
China Labor Bulletin, April 12, 2018

安徽省芜湖市经开区万春街道办事处张拐社区村民举报基层腐败 (Villagers in Anhui accuse local party officials of corruption)
Weiquanwang, April 12, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua, missing for 15 months since vanishing in Hong Kong, “could face trial by June”
South China Morning Post, April 13, 2018

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

Xi reviews Navy might in contested waters of South China Sea
The Sydney Morning Herald, April 13, 2018

Taiwan president attends military drill off east coast
Reuters, April 13, 2018

最高50万元!山东发布举报危害国家安全行为线索奖励办法 (Shandong rewards reporting of activity that endangers national security up to RMB 500,000), April 13, 2018

Q&A: Philippine foreign minister on why Duterte and Xi Jinping get along
South China Morning Post, April 13, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

In unprecedented move, May 7 deadline set for Legco bill committee to scrutinize controversial joint checkpoint plan
South China Morning Post, April 13, 2018

Agnes Chow election ban: Hong Kong taxpayers foot HK$230k bill for gov’t legal advice
Hong Kong Free Press, April 13, 2018

Why Beijing came down so hard on pro-democracy academic Benny Tai over Hong Kong independence comments
South China Morning Post, April 13, 2018

港千五基督徒联署谴责港府与北京打压戴耀廷 (1,500 Christians in Hong Kong launch signature campaign denouncing SAR government and Beijing for slamming Benny Tai)
Radio Free Asia, April 12, 2018

You may be prosecuted, Hong Kong police tell injured people they “used as human shield”
South China Morning Post, April 13, 2018

Sea bridge island’s breakwater blocks offer no protection as they are underwater at high tide, says veteran engineer
Hong Kong Free Press, April 12, 2018

普通话如何演变为漩涡中心的语言?香港“推普”的前世今生 (How does Mandarin become the language in the eye of a maelstrom? The history and future of promoting Mandarin in Hong Kong)
The Initium, April 12, 2018

Commentary (评论)

港人必須捍衛自由和法治,否則將一無所有 (Hongkongers much defend freedom and rule of law, otherwise they will have nothing left)
Inmediahk, April 13, 2018

「港獨派」青年的政治情緒及對未來的看法 (Emotions of Hong Kong pro-independence youths and how they see their future)
Mingpao, April 13, 2018

China’s moves in Vanuatu: What should Australia do?
The Diplomat, April 12, 2018

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Clive Hamilton and Richard Rigby on Chinese influence in Australia
The Conversation, April 13, 2018

In China, a march to find her husband
Human Rights Watch, April 12, 2018

Lois Wheeler Snow, critic of human rights abuses in China, dies at 97
The New York Times, April 11, 2018