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, April 16, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China’s Xi Jinping says he is opposed to life-long rule
Financial Times, April 16, 2018

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor’s US family seeks mercy
Associated Press, April 16, 2018

湖北男子不满被贴罚单发朋友圈辱骂交警,被拘5日 (Hubei man detained 5 days for posting ticket on WeChat and insulting traffic police)
Chutian Metropolis Daily WeChat Public Account, April 13, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

“I am gay, not a pervert”: Furor erupts in China as Sina Weibo bans gay content
The New York Times, April 15, 2018

Asia’s bastion of free speech? Move aside, Hong Kong, it’s Taiwan now.
The New York Times, April 14, 2018

抖音发布处罚通告:3月份永久封禁15234个账号 (In March, Douyin permanently shuts down 15,234 accounts with “illegal” content, such as pornography, vulgarity, rumor, Bitcoin)
Douyin, April 13, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Are China’s university lecturers exploiting their traditional “godfatherly” roles to abuse students?
South China Morning Post, April 15, 2018

First foreign NGO de-registers in China
China File, April 13, 2018

Guangdong gives awards to foreign NGOs
China File, April 13, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Ex-chairman of China's insurance regulator has been formally charged - top prosecutor
Reuters, April 16, 2018

China’s military veterans ministry opens after pension protests
South China Morning Post, April 16, 2018

“Too busy, too much pressure”: an ageing China and the erosion of filial piety
Hong Kong Free Press, April 15, 2018

江苏公安民警依法履职免责标准出炉:不得以舆论炒作等追责 (Jiangsu Province Public Security Department drafts rules granting police impunity during “legitimate law enforcement”. Public opinion, petition, administrative reconsideration and lawsuit shall not hold officers accountable), April 12, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

The billion-dollar, Alibaba-backed AI company that’s quietly watching people in China
Quartz, April 16, 2018

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

China launches bilingual website to report foreign spies and thwart bids to “overthrow the socialist system”
Agence France-Presse, April 16, 2018

学生参与国家安全教育情况纳入档案,构建完善国家安全教育内容体系 (Ministry of Education to revise text books, curriculums to enhance national security education. Records will be put into students’ file as important reference for award evaluation)
Xinhua News Agency, April 13, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Activist Raphael Wong completes Umbrella Movement prison sentence; released on bail ahead of land protest appeal
Hong Kong Free Press, April 16, 2018

Mong Kok unrest: Riot trial for Localist Edward Leung and four others to proceed as prosecution closes case
Hong Kong Free Press, April 16, 2018

Living in subdivided flats that nobody wants – the grim struggle to find a home for Hong Kong’s poorer ethnic minorities
South China Morning Post, April 16, 2018

Hong Kong is “only place in the world without national security law”, liaison office chief says
South China Morning Post, April 15, 2018

內地移民斥港府一手造成 10年前融入無困難 (Mainland migrant slams SAR government for creating conflict China and Hong Kong)
Apple Daily, April 15, 2018

港支联会“毋忘六四”29年长跑 坚持结束一党专政 (HK Alliance holds jogging event in memory of June Fourth, urging to end one-party dictatorship)
Radio Free Asia, April 15, 2018

Commentary (评论)

As Hong Kong’s crackdown on dissent continues, is independence the secret dream in many hearts?
Hong Kong Free Press, April 16, 2018

CY’s legal barrage: why does it not include the newspapers which started the whole thing?
Hong Kong Free Press, April 15, 2018

Carrot & stick: How Beijing controls its diaspora
China Digital Times, April 14, 2018

China: End conversion therapy in medical settings
Human Rights Watch, April 14, 2018