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.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

中国安徽网友被控网上发布“不法言论”遭刑拘 (Anhui netizen arrested for “illegal statements,” including “Shinzo Abe is my father”)
Voice of America, August 17, 2018

记者手记: 采访孙⽂广遭国保绑架纪实 (VOA reporter's notes on Sun Wenguang being kidnapped by domestic security during interview)
Voice of America, August 20, 2018

Xinjiang authorities detain Uyghur philanthropist, three others, over alleged ties to education fund
Radio Free Asia, August 17, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

六部门出实招加强网络直播行业基础管理 (Crackdown on indecent Internet content to focus on livestreams)
Legal Daily, August 20, 2018

What do “low-quality people” watch on tv?
China Media Project, August 20, 2018

China’s museums rewrite history to boost Xi
Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

The proliferation of online organizing tools used by China’s workers
China Labour Bulletin, August 20, 2018

Related: Student activists and China’s evolving labor movement
China Digital Times, August 17, 2018

The birth rate debate in China is out of control
SupChina, August 20, 2018

Mr. Gay World cancels Hong Kong event citing concerns over LGBTQ crackdown in mainland
Hong Kong Free Press, August 20, 2018

“一旦开战你愿为祖国捐多少” 网友回答亮眼 (Netizens’ eye-opening responses to: “If China goes to war, how much of your savings would you donate to the motherland?”)
Epoch times, August 14, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Xi Jinping calls for “absolute loyalty” from Chinese army
Guardian, August 20, 2018

Mahathir calls for “fair trade” in China, warns of “new colonialism”
Sydney Morning Herald, August 20, 2018

“Foreign forces” can’t control religion, Chinese official says amid Vatican talks
South China Morning Post, August 18, 2018

China’s Uighur camps swell as Beijing widens the dragnet
Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2018

公安部公布9起打击整治网络乱象典型案例:知乎360等上榜 (Ministry of Public Security publishes 9 typical cases on Internet clean-up project)
The Paper, August 20, 2018

国家药监局:坚决拥护中央决定 将抓紧起草完善疫苗管理体制改革方案 (Food and Drug Administration to press for draft reforms on vaccine regulatory regime)
Beijing News, August 17, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Apple is doing everything it can to keep China on-side
Vice News, August 20, 2018

Google executives misled staff in meeting on China censorship. Here are 13 questions they must answer
The Intercept, August 17, 2018

Related: 谷歌CEO向员工澄清“重返中国”计划 (Google CEO confirms plan to return to China, says search product not close to launching )
Radio France Internationale, August 18, 2018中国/20180817-谷歌ceo皮查伊出面避谣中国版搜索引擎尚在探索阶段

Anger grows over Google’s China Plans
China Digital Times, August 17, 2018

(Can’t) picture this: An analysis of image filtering on WeChat moments
CitizenLab, August 14, 2018

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

New mainland China ID card for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan residents will be revoked if holders pose threat to country, documents reveal
South China Morning Post, August 19, 2018

Uyghurs’ present is the future for most Chinese
The Diplomat, August 18, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

“Not enough evidence to prosecute Hong Kong separatist Andy Chan”: Beijing loyalist Maria Tam adopts different stance from top official Zhang Xiaoming
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2018

被禁申法援三年 郭卓堅上訴被駁回 將再上訴至終院 (Veteran judicial review applicant turns to CFA to appeal 3-year ban from legal aid for alleged abuse)
The Stand News, August 20, 2018被禁申法援三年-郭卓堅上訴被駁回-將再上訴至終院/

中联办书商出教科书要学生服从因“政府不会与激进妥协” (Liaison Office-owned textbook publisher accused of adding contents that deter civic participation)
Radio France Internationale, August 19, 2018港澳台/20180819-中联办书商出教科书要学生服从因政府不会与激进妥协

More than one in five women living in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats claim to have been sexually harassed, study shows
South China Morning Post, August 19, 2018

Hong Kong student who was disciplined over Baptist University’s mandatory Mandarin requirement launches legal challenge against suspension
South China Morning Post, August 18, 2018

Equality groups criticise Hong Kong leader for “ignoring” LGBT questions during live Q&A
Hong Kong Free Press, August 19, 2018

民主派議員憂民政專員向選管會提意見或涉政治考慮 (Democrats express concern on impartiality of District Officers in suspected gerrymandering)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 19, 2018

Commentary (评论)

美国继续关闭更多孔子学院:软实力变锐实力背后 (U.S. to close more Confucius Institutes: What’s behind soft power turned sharp)
BBC News, August 20, 2018

The court of Xinhua: Do not dare claim the truth for yourself; it is the Party’s through and through
Hong Kong Free Press, August 20, 2018

Press for freedom? So much for Hong Kong media’s united response against China’s tyranny
Hong Kong Free Press, August 20, 2018

“Ruling through ritual”: An interview with Guo Yuhua
ChinaFile, August 18, 2018

The dark side of the China Dream: Erasing ethnic identity
The Diplomat, August 17, 2018