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, August 15, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

內地維權律師余文生被審查起訴 妻子稱感無助及悲傷 (Mainland rights lawyer Yu Wensheng is indicted, wife feels helpless and sad)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 15, 2018

法制课丨八旬老太申请保外就医被拒,高龄罪犯有哪些从宽制度 (Analyzing the rules of leniency for elderly prisoners)
The Paper, August 15, 2018

程海被注销执业证 中国维权律师继续受压 (Cheng Hai pursues administrative reconsideration of disbarment as human rights lawyers face shrinking space)
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2018

Fears grow for detained Chinese activist “cut off from supply of medicine”
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2018

Tibetan freed after serving six years on “separatism” charge
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2018

河南两农民因盗抢服刑十余年后获无罪:事实不清,证据不足 (Henan farmer’s conviction overturned for insufficient evidence, served over 10 years of sentence)
The Paper, August 14, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

中共打压奏效 除南早外主要媒体统统冷处理陈浩天演说 (CPC crackdown effective, as all major media outlets except South China Morning Post cold-shouldered Hong Kong independence speech)
Radio France Internationale, August 15, 2018中国/20180815-中共打压奏效除南早外主要媒体统统冷处理陈浩天演说

Retired professor, wife, home from detention in China's Shandong
Radio Free Asia, August 14, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China's student activists cast rare light on brewing labor unrest
Reuters, August 15, 2018

Senior Chinese monk resigns amid sexual misconduct claims
The Guardian, August 15, 2018

#Metoo在中国:佛界一号人物释学诚辞职 (#Metoo in China: Prominent Buddhist monk resigns)
BBC, August 15, 2018

Chinese activists set up party that wants independence — for Shanghai
Radio Free Asia, August 15, 2018

Chinese begin to vent discontent with President Xi and his policies
Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2018

中国“慰安妇”老人背后的守护者: 为让日本道歉 他们拼命努力 (The guardians behind “comfort women” fight for an official apology)
Global Times, August 15, 2018

上海民主维权人士季孝龙因“厕所革命”7月27日被刑事拘留 (“Toilet revolution” activist detained for writing in toilet stalls)
China Human Rights Defenders, August 14, 2018

Chinese Hui mosque protest ends after authorities promise to consult community
South China Morning Post, August 14, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Central Asia struggles with fallout from China’s internment of minorities
Foreign Policy, August 15, 2018

Taiwan company bows to China after boycott threat
Channel NewsAsia, August 15, 2018

China accused of pressuring Taiwanese bakery as it bows to mainland backlash over gift bag for Taiwanese president
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2018

China’s vaccine scandal: Firm made 500,000 substandard doses, twice as many as first thought, state media says
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2018

国务院调查组要求继续做好长春长生公司不合格百白破疫苗处置工作 (State Council team continues investigation of Changsheng vaccine)
Xinhua, August 15, 2018

Confucius Institute closed at U.S. university amid concerns about Chinese influence on campuses
Reuters, August 15, 2018

China: What it means for Australia and the rest of the world
The Age, August 15, 2018

浙江省财政厅原厅长钱巨炎出庭受审,被控受贿1395万 (Zhejiang provincial finance bureau chief tried for corruption involving RMB 13 million)
The Paper, August 14, 2018

纪委副书记被“双开” 纪检监察机关不是“保险箱” (Prosecution of Anhui province CDI deputy secretary shows CDI is not “safety box” for breaches)
People's Daily, August 15, 2018

贵州省粮食局党组书记、局长黄秋斌接受纪律审查和监察调查 (Party secretary and director of Guizhou provincial food bureau investigated for serious disciplinary, legal violations)
Beijing News, August 15, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

《人民日报》关注人脸识别技术:发展势头好 提升生产力 (Facial recognition tech permeates society)
People's Daily, August 15, 2018

Join forces with China for a new robotics future, top trade official urges
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2018

建信用体系 多地打出诚信建设“组合拳” (Building social credit system by combining Internet, big data, creative punishments)
Legal Daily, August 14, 2018

The data arms race is no excuse for abandoning privacy
Foreign Policy, August 14, 2018

China’s Communist Party published a guide to blockchain, despite its dislike of decentralization
Quartz, August 15, 2018

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

China accused of using Belt and Road Initiative for spying
Financial Times, August 15, 2018

Chinese cops now spying on American soil
The Daily Beast, August 15, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

【陳浩天演講】梁美芬:如無法例就要研究 批FCC違遊戲規則 指護國安是普世價值 (Basic Law committee Priscilla Leung on Andy Chan's talk: “If there are no laws breached, government needs to make one”)
Ming Pao, August 15, 2018

“港独”陈浩天争议中演讲 批评者目标何在 (As Andy Chan gives talk amid controversy, what is the agenda of his attackers?)
BBC News, August 14, 2018

邀港独人士演讲后 香港外国记者会官网疑被黑 (Foreign Correspondents’ Club website shut down by malware attacks)
Voice of America, August 15, 2018

記協對政府轟FCC表遺憾 要求釐清轉載港獨言論會否被控 (Hong Kong Journalists Association demands clarification of whether charges will be raised for sharing speeches on Hong Kong independence)
The Stand News, August 15, 2018記協對政府轟fcc表遺憾-要求釐清轉載港獨言論會否被控/

Beijing can instruct Hong Kong over handling of independence movement, says top adviser
Hong Kong Free Press, August 15, 2018

Andy Chan’s pro-independence speech at FCC shows Hong Kong’s “inadequacies” in upholding China’s national security, says top Beijing official
South China Morning Post, August 16, 2018

Hong Kong man serving 40-year jail term in the Philippines given crucial records that show he wasn’t in the country when surveillance took place
South China Morning Post, August 15, 2018

Hong Kong “cardboard granny” has case overturned
BBC, August 15, 2018

Commentary (评论)

观点:韦州清真寺对峙可能惹怒“模范”的回族穆斯林 (Opinion: The plan to demolish Weizhou mosque may anger the “model” Hui Muslims)
BBC, August 15, 2018

國家安全不是人言人殊 (“National security” cannot be defined individually), August 15, 2018

中国“米兔”何以创造历史 (How #Metoo made history in China)
New York Times, August 15, 2018

专访吴国光:修宪后的中国与世界权力变局 (Interview with scholar Wu Guoguang: Paradigm shift in Chinse politics after constitutional amendment)
BBC News, August 15, 2018

An overview of workers’ collective protests in China
China Labour Bulletin, August 15, 2018

Xi Jinping Thought is facing a harsh reality check
Foreign Policy, August 15, 2018

港獨作耙子,言論表達及新聞自由才是目標 (“Hong Kong independence” is just bait, real targets are freedoms of speech, press), August 14, 2018