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, May 16, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

War on human rights lawyers continues: Up to 16 more lawyers in China face disbarment or inability to practice
China Change, May 14, 2018

二百七十七名十三届全国人大代表进京参加履职学习 (NPC to host 3 study sessions this year for 1,100 deputies to “further improve their political positions,” persist in directing work in “correct political direction”)
Legal Daily, May 12, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Beijing police release Hong Kong journalist after he was detained covering hearing of human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi
South China Morning Post, May 16, 2018

香港记者北京采访时被拘 香港民主党谴责 (Hong Kong Democratic Party condemns Beijing’s detention of Hong Kong journalist during news coverage)
Voice of America, May 16, 2018

打得不亦乐乎?香港NOW记者今早采访北京维权律师又被殴 (Hong Kong NOW journalist covered punished rights lawyer in Beijing this morning)
Radio France Internationale, May 16, 2018中国/20180516-打得不亦乐乎香港now记者今早采访北京维权律师又被殴

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

习近平支持 “爱国爱港科研人员” 参与国家计划 (Xi Jinping: Researchers who "love both China and Hong Kong" are welcome to participate in the national plan)
Radio France Internationale, May 15, 2018中国/20180515-习近平支持爱国爱港科研人员参与国家计划

International writers join Amnesty and PEN in calls for China to free Liu Xiaobo’s "helpless and hopeless" widow
South China Morning Post, May 16, 2018

法国四十位女性呼吁习近平释放她们的“姐妹”刘霞 (Forty French women call on Xi Jinping to release their “sister” Liu Xia)
Radio France Internationale, May 16, 2018中国/20180516-法国四十位女性呼吁习近平释放她们的姐妹刘霞

Detained Chinese dissident singer in hospital, feared tortured
Radio Free Asia, May 15, 2018

中国家庭教会纪念汶川地震受打压,美国务院发声力挺 (Crackdown on Chinese home church commemoration of Wenchuan earthquake, U.S. State Department sends support message)
Voice of America, May 16, 2018

Chinese government's harassment of Early Rain Covenant Church
U.S. Department of State, May 16, 2018

Over a hundred members of the Early Rain Covenant Church taken away by the police
Bitter Winter, May 15, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

报告:中国利用“战略债务”获取亚太地区的政治和战略影响力 (Report: China utilizes “strategic debt” to gain political, strategic influence in Asia-Pacific)
Voice of America, May 16, 2018

宪法学习宣传报告会首场报告会在京举行 (Six government departments host 800-person conference to study Constitution, highlight “guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought,” “Party leadership as the essence of socialism with Chinese characteristics”)
Legal Daily, May 15, 2018

China accuses EU of taking WTO back to “law of jungle”
Voice of America, May 15, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Huawei’s partnership with China on surveillance technology raises concerns for foreign users
Globe and Mail, May 14, 2018

Questions raised over role of facial recognition technology in Didi passenger death
South China Morning Post, May 14, 2018

Pay attention at the back: Chinese school installs facial recognition cameras to keep an eye on pupils
South China Morning Post, May 16, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

香港支联会启动悼念六四宣传 吁结束中共专政 (Hong Kong Alliance begins preparation for June 4 commemoration)
Radio Free Asia, May 15, 2018

Commentary (评论)

母校北大,你还是那个北大吗? (Alma mater, Peking University, are you still the same?)
The New York Times, May 16, 2018