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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

西藏那曲数十名藏人矿山维权 遭当局抓捕殴打 (Police beat, detain over 30 residents in Tibet for protesting against mining in sacred mountains)
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2018

Uyghurs in XUAR’s Ghulja City held in at least five “political re-education camps”
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2018

最高人民法院、司法部联合发文保障律师诉讼权利和规范律师参与庭审活动 (Supreme People’s Court, Ministry of Justice prohibit lawyers from publishing open letters and statements online in name of “defending rights”)
Legal Daily, April 24, 2018

最高法党组会议指出,司法服务保障网络安全和信息化建设 (Supreme People’s Court to promote international judicial cooperation in cyberspace, “actively demonstrate to the international community the superiority of socialist rule by law with Chinese characteristics”)
Legal Daily, April 24, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Tencent cracks down on underaged smut in ongoing online clean-up
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2018

Why did China take its own propaganda film offline? Netizens point to US tech sanctions
Global Voices, April 24, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

呼吁国际救援李明哲 李净瑜:他不是中国人 (Wife of jailed Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-che calls for husband's release: He is not Chinese)
Deutsche Welle, April 25, 2018

许艳:余文生律师情况通报——妻子许艳向徐州市看守所申请政府信息公开 (Xu Yan, wife of rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, demands information disclosure from detention center)
Weiquanwang, April 24, 2018

#MeToo activism is compelling a top Chinese college to confront a grave injustice from its past
Quartz, April 24, 2018

Peking University senior Yue Xin on education and privilege
China Digital Times, April 24, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China's Guangdong province to impose tougher industrial pollution curbs
Reuters, April 25, 2018

安徽首建教师师德考核负面清单:一票否决,有偿补课是重点 (School teachers rated on “morality” in Anhui, lose points if found to tutor students for profit)
The Paper, April 25, 2018

国办:重大政务舆情处置不力的单位人员要通报批评或约谈整改 (General Office of State Council issues notice on open government information: Officials to be held accountable for “improper” public opinion responses regarding government affairs)
The State Council the People's Republic of China, April 24, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Shenzhen police can now identify drivers using facial recognition surveillance cameras
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2018

#MeToo activists in China are turning to the blockchain to dodge censorship
Quartz, April 24, 2018

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

China warns of more action after military drills near Taiwan
Reuters, April 25, 2018

China says further steps ready to target Taiwan independence
Associated Press, April 25, 2018

China is building another aircraft carrier (and it could be a game changer)
Asia Times, April 25, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

JUST IN: NGO Reporters Without Borders upgrades Hong Kong’s press freedom rating, citing “organized resistance”
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2018

Privacy concerns as Hong Kong gov’t proposes installing 1,070 traffic detectors
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2018

Education Bureau slams pro-democracy party for “misleading” comments on textbook changes
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2018

MTR Corp’s proposal for new “Hong Kong Town” in mainland China sparks backlash
Agence France-Presse, April 25, 2018

Hong Kong localism off the agenda for new youth panel
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2018

Commentary (评论)

China: The shadow power for a shadow age
The Diplomat, April 24, 2018

Older Hongkongers still have much to offer in the workplace
South China Morning Post, April 24, 2018

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Annual Report 2017 - Joint Report to the European Parliament and the Council
European Union External Action, April 24, 2018