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, May 03, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

全国首例英烈保护公益诉讼:保护董存瑞英雄形象 (Hebei prosecutor demands local civil affairs authority, police to protect image of Dong Cunrui in accordance with the new hero law)
Sina, May 3, 2018

“Easier to die than live”: Liu Xia, widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, cries out for help in phone call
China Change, May 2, 2018

四川阿坝一藏人遭“政治罪名”秘密判刑13年 (Tibetan in Sichuan secretly sentenced to 13 years in jail for “political crime”)
Radio Free Asia, May 2, 2018

中国施压家庭教会 安徽牧师被判囚三年 (Family church priest in Anhui sentenced to 3 years in jail for “damaging property intentionally”)
Radio Free Asia, May 2, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

黑龙江省失业教师一万多人到该省信访局上访维权 (Over 10,000 jobless teachers in Heilongjiang petition in province capital)
Weiquanwang, May 2, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese cities ordered to axe new projects after failing to hit winter pollution targets
Reuters, May 3, 2018

民政部部署开展扫黑除恶专项斗争,重心对准涉黑涉恶人员操纵村委会选举 (Ministry of Civil Affairs launches “clean up gang crime, eradicate evil” anti-corruption campaign specifically targeted at gangsters who manipulate village committee elections)
Legal Daily, May 2, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese companies are watching the brain waves of their employees
Abacus, May 3, 2018

Tech giants feel the squeeze as Xi Jinping tightens his grip
The New York Times, May 2, 2018

家长成“老赖”,孩子不能上学?这所中学的招生政策让网友吵翻了 (Middle school in Shandong announces new enrolment guidelines: Students with “untrustworthy” parents, based on the social credit system, denied admission)
Guanchazhe, April 30, 2018

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

China deploys cruise missiles on South China Sea outposts – reports
Reuters, May 3, 2018

China ramps up pressure on Qantas over Taiwan
The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2, 2018

White House considers restricting Chinese researchers over espionage fears
The New York Times, April 30, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong police expect first anti-riot vehicle with water cannons to arrive this month
South China Morning Post, May 3, 2018

Hong Kong court convicts nine more over 2016 Mong Kok riot
South China Morning Post, May 2, 2018

Hong Kong officials’ “lax” monitoring of taxpayer-funded social welfare NGOs blasted
South China Morning Post, May 2, 2018

Number of registered Hong Kong homeless soars as sky-high rents force people to sleep rough
South China Morning Post, May 2, 2018

Potential changes to Hong Kong liberal studies subject draw concern
Hong Kong Free Press, May 2, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Peppa Pig should be proud
The Sydney Morning Herald, May 3, 2018

Hong Kong can best serve China through diplomacy – but first it must make its allegiances clear
South China Morning Post, May 2, 2018