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, August 16, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Labor activists allege sexual humiliation and sleep deprivation in police custody
Sup China, August 15, 2018

律师会见保外就医被拒老太:重新递交申请,监狱称会认真对待 (Lawyers of imprisoned elderly petitioner with lumbar spine fracture re-apply for medical parole)
The Paper, August 15, 2018

江苏访民遭软禁 律师探访受拦截 (Jiangsu petitioner under house arrest, lawyers denied visits)
Radio Free Asia, August 15, 2018

未审先判 陈杰人遭官媒炮轰 (Instead of trial, online media figure charged with extortion gets attacked in official media)
Radio Free Asia, August 16, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

抖音、美团、高德地图等567家网站公布“举报受理”方式 (567 websites including Douyin, Meituan, Gaode Maps step up public supervision with “report acceptance”)
The Paper, August 16, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

“Go and wear your miniskirts!” – Shenzhen police fight sexual harassment on public transport, protect freedom of dress
What’s On Weibo, August 16, 2018

疫苗受害群体继续在北京上访维权 (Victims of vaccines continue to petition in Beijing)
Voice of America, August 16, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

外媒:美国防授权法对美大学申请汉语项目设限 (New policy bars universities from using Pentagon funding for Confucius Institutes-related programs)
Sina News, August 16, 2018

Pentagon barred from funding Confucius Institutes on American campuses
Washington Post, August 15, 2018

Local experiments with reform are becoming rarer under Xi Jinping
The Economist, August 18, 2018

China suggests its camps for Uighurs are just vocational schools
The Economist, August 18, 2018

China dismisses vice governor, others over defective vaccines
The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2018

政治局常委会听取长春长生问题疫苗案件汇报 多名省部级官员被处理 (Politburo Standing Committee reports on Changsheng vaccine case, several provincial and ministerial officials dismissed or ordered to resign)
Beijing News, August 16, 2018

湖南省委原常委、宣传部原部长张文雄受贿、巨额财产来源不明案一审宣判 (Former party committee member and propaganda department head in Hunan sentenced to 15 years in prison for bribery involving vast sums)
People’s Daily, August 16, 2018

原国家食品药品监督管理总局党组成员、副局长吴浈涉嫌严重违纪违法接受中央纪委国家监委纪律审查和监察调查 (Former deputy director of China Food and Drug Administration and party committee member investigated for serious disciplinary, legal violations)
People's Daily, August 16, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

法治课 | 短信、支付宝、微信等电子证据如何取证、举证? (Analysis of how electronic evidence is gathered, adduced from text messages, Alipay, WeChat)
The Paper, August 16, 2018

How much do Chinese netizens care about data privacy?
Technode, August 15, 2018

Tencent profit decline reflects China’s firmer state control
Financial Times, August 16, 2018

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

String of Chinese satellites to keep real-time watch on South China Sea to “reinforce national sovereignty”
South China Morning Post, August 16, 2018

China is going to outrageous lengths to surveil its own citizens
The Atlantic, August 16, 2018

港澳台“居住证”将上路 台警告监控风险 (China will implement a “residence permit” policy for people from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan; Taiwan warns of the risk of monitoring)
Deutsche Welle, August 16, 2018港澳台居住证将上路-台警告监控风险/a-45101807?maca=chi-rss-chi-ca-1044-rdf&zhongwen=simp

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho pushes to have Occupy founder Benny Tai charged with sedition over independence remarks in Taiwan
South China Morning Post, August 16, 2018

“Definitely illegal” for press club to host speech by Hong Kong independence activist, says top Beijing official
Hong Kong Free Press, August 16, 2018

林鄭月娥稱23條立法無特定時間表 須創造好條件 (Chief Executive Carrie Lam says government needs to create favorable conditions for Art. 23)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 16, 2018

梁振英律師信要求《立場》刪博客文章、賠償道歉 指《信報》曾道歉、練乙錚失專欄 (Ex-chief executive C.Y. Leung issues legal letter demanding removal of Stand News article criticizing Leung’s attacks on FCC)
The Stand News, August 15, 2018梁振英律師信要求-立場-刪博客文章-賠償道歉-指-信報-曾道歉-練乙錚失專欄/

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai asked to give police statement over alleged intimidation of reporter
Hong Kong Free Press August 16, 2018

Court denies activist Raphael Wong permission to challenge Occupy protest conviction
Hong Kong Free Press, August 16, 2018

Hong Kong lawmaker willing to join opposition in call for special probe into MTR’s HK$97.1 billion link scandal if judge-led inquiry not expanded
South China Morning Post, August 16, 2018

Commentary (评论)

How democracies can fight authoritarian sharp power
Foreign Affairs, August 16, 2018

新华日报:建议工资按比例缴生育基金 不生二胎退休取 (Recommendation: To increase the fertility rate, pay wages in proportion to the maternity fund)
Xinhua, August 16, 2018

How China’s new aircraft carriers will shape regional order
The Diplomat, August 15, 2018

#MeToo has arrived and China’s environment sector must respond
China Dialogue, August 16, 2018