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 26, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Video: “I will not accept gov’t-appointed lawyer unless tortured,” arrested Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng says
Hong Kong Free Press, April 26, 2018

Prominent Uyghur scholar detained in Xinjiang capital Urumqi: official
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2018

China to punish those who “glorify wars of invasion”
Reuters, April 25, 2018

完善衔接机制加强追逃力度总结试点经验,刑事诉讼法迎来第三次修改,缺席审判制度及速裁程序等拟入法 (NPC Standing Committee proposes amendments to Criminal Procedure Law: Permit trial in absentia, set up plea bargain system, speed up trial procedures)
Legal Daily, April 25, 2018

刑事法律援助工作联席会议第一次会议强调,充分发挥刑事法律援助在加强人权司法保障 促进司法公正中的重要作用 (7 departments, including Supreme People’s Court, Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Ministry of State Security, to enhance coordination, improve legal aid for criminal cases and “strengthen judicial protection of human rights”)
Legal Daily, April 25, 2018

司法部、全国普法办召开会议要求 以高度的政治责任感组织开展好宪法学习宣传教育活动 (Ministry of Justice launches campaign to promote studying Constitution with “great sense of political responsibility”, combining “Constitutional education with studying Xi Jinping Thought”)
Ministry of Justice, April 24, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

一部委局级干部建微信群被处分:群成员在群内互通政商信息 (Official punished for exchanging political and business information in WeChat group)
The Paper, April 26, 2018

拍底层文革故事的中国“凯鲁亚克” (China’s Jack Kerouac who makes documentary about the Cultural Revolution)
The New York Times, April 25, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

维权律师遭停牌 陈家鸿状告南宁司法局 (Rights lawyer sues Justice Bureau in Guangxi for license suspension)
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2018

Students defiant as Chinese university warns #MeToo activist
The New York Times, April 24, 2018

李一鸣 (发起人 2016级本科生):就部分同学因申请信息公开被约谈一事致北大校方的联名信 (Peking University students launch signature campaign in support of Yue Xin who gets intimidated by management for demanding information disclosure)
Weiquanwang, April 25, 2018

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

Senate passes motion condemning China’s “hostile behavior” in South China Sea
The Global and Mail, April 25, 2018

China says Canada Senate motion on disputed sea stirs “troubles”
Reuters, April 25, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Exclusive: Application by Hong Kong’s July 1 democracy march to use Victoria Park pitches rejected for second year
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2018

Those calling for end to “one-party dictatorship” probably cannot run for legislature, Beijing official says
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2018

No guarantees that advocates of ending one party rule will not be prosecuted, says Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, April 24, 2018

Commentary (评论)

China’s new aircraft carrier is already obsolete
Foreign Policy, April 25, 2018

Hong Kong must remain a beacon of freedom of expression as China, and the region, cracks down on critics
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2018