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, April 19, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

US could sanction Chinese officials over Xinjiang abuses
Associated Press, April 18, 2018

Tens of thousands detained in China's Xinjiang, U.S. diplomat says
Reuters, April 18, 2018

帮助良心犯家属 多名义工遭刑拘多人被约谈 (Volunteers criminally detained in Jiangxi for helping family of prisoners of conscience)
Radio Free Asia, April 18, 2018

Chinese court rejects appeal against subversion sentence for “the butcher”
Radio Free Asia, April 18, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

An exchange between Gui Minhai’s daughter and the Post’s Editor-in-Chief
South China Morning Post, April 18, 2018

北京工商部门约谈“抖音” 要求即时阻断违规直播 (Beijing Commerce Department requests Douyin to strengthen technical monitoring, manually review content, “swiftly block illegal live-streaming”)
China Consumer News, April 18, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Government cartoon portrays “foreign NGOs” as national security concern
China File, April 18, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

福建闽侯一教会被限期关闭 官员:未登记一律关闭 (Family church in Fujian ordered to shut down for failing to register)
Radio Free Asia, April 18, 2018

China fights big smog with big air purifier
Agence France-Presse, April 18, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

This AI expert found it “both exciting and scary” that Xi Jinping reads his book
Quartz, April 19, 2018

China is putting ID cards on smartphones
Abacus, April 18, 2018

进一步推动社会信用体系建设实施9种行为的旅客将被限制乘坐飞机 (9 behaviors that ban passengers from flying include insulting civil aviation workers, forcibly taking seats and luggage shelfs, picking quarrels and provoking troubles, smoking)
Legal Daily, April 18, 2018

大數據權利之爭:對不起,你的數據屬於你,但我們有權使用 (Fights for rights in the era of Big Data: “Sorry, your data belongs to you, but we are entitled to use it.”)
The Initium, April 17, 2018

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

China carries out low-key live fire drills after warning Taiwan
Reuters, April 19, 2018

Tibetan charged in Sweden denies spying for China
Radio Free Asia, April 18, 2018

The Chinese communist party is setting up cells at universities across America
Foreign Policy, April 18, 2018

十九届中央国安委首会,习近平压实责任 (Xi Jinping hosts meeting of National Security Commission: Political security is the foundation of national security)
Xinhua News Agency, April 18, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

課本中港關係字眼「有問題」 教局拒評修改 (Education Bureau refuses to comment on history textbook edits)
Mingpao, April 19, 2018

Hong Kong police promise not to prosecute drivers they used as “human roadblocks” in fatal Fanling crash
Hong Kong Free Press, April 19, 2018

Expert team did not meet to discuss Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge safety fears
South China Morning Post, April 19, 2018

Homes made from old shipping containers set to be built for 100 needy families in Sham Shui Po
South China Morning Post, April 19, 2018

Mong Kok unrest: Edward Leung apologizes for assaulting police officer; says he had no plan to use violence
Hong Kong Free Press, April 18, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Xi Jinping’s “cyber sovereignty” fast eroding space for free expression
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, April 19, 2018

China’s gift to Europe is a new version of crony capitalism
The Guardian, April 18, 2018

A ban on gay content, stopped in its tracks
China File, April 18, 2018

從「毅絲」到「段友」,兩千萬日活的手機應用為何被突然斬殺?(How did popular joke app “Neihan Duanzi” get shut down?)
The Initium, April 17, 2018