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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Evidence of abuse, deaths in Xinjiang camps emerges
China Digital Times, August 21, 2018

China made “absolutely no deals” for Liu Xia’s release, German envoy says
South China Morning Post, August 21, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

微博处置涉时政有害信息账号1895个,涉黄4255个 (Weibo censored 1,895 accounts for “harmful messages” relating to current affairs, up to 130,000 posts blocked or deleted)
The Paper, August 21, 2018

China's government censors shut down references to Mao-inspired labor movement
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2018

多家区块链自媒体公众号被停止使用 (Several blockchain public WeChat accounts suspended)
Beijing News, August 21, 2018

Chinese police threaten Muslim poet who tweeted about Xinjiang camps
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

京沪深三地P2P苦主追血汗钱 (Authorities suppress P2P investment victims from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen hoping to recover their hard-earned money)
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2018

广东吴川城管殴越战老兵 民众震怒 (Public outrage as Guangdong urban management personnel beat Vietnam War veterans)
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2018

广州一家庭教会连遭当局冲击骚扰 (Family church in Guangzhou continuously harassed by authorities)
Voice of America, August 21, 2018

维权人士:中国刁难麦加朝觐者 (Activists: Chinese government blocks Muslim citizens from pilgrimage to Mecca)
Deutsche Well, August 21, 2018维权人士中国刁难麦加朝覲者/a-45157958?maca=chi-rss-chi-ca-1044-rdf&zhongwen=simp

深圳佳士14人被拘 北大学生声援吁调查 (14 Jasic workers remain in custody as student supporters face investigation and possible reprisal from universities)
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2018

维权两年无望 多名伤残女工自杀身亡 (Disabled worker commits suicide as rights defense attempts fail)
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s Changchun mayor resigns after vaccine scandal: Report
Channel NewsAsia, August 21, 2018

Taiwan further isolated as El Salvador switches allegiance to China
The Guardian, August 21, 2018

Taiwan “won't bow to pressure,” president says amid China tensions
Reuters, August 21, 2018

China names former internet tsar Xu Lin as new international propaganda chief
South China Morning Post, August 21, 2018

China to launch national probe into policy implementation: Media
Reuters, August 21, 2018

Malaysia's Mahathir cancels China-backed rail, pipeline projects
Reuters, August 21, 2018

十二部门联合发文要求治理擅自利用互联网销售彩票行为 (12-department joint notice requires governance of unauthorized online sales of lottery tickets)
People's Daily, August 21, 2018

Young Tibetan refugees who fled China seeking education arrive in India
Radio Free Asia, August 20, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

AI system recognizes porn through voice recognition
Xinhua, August 20, 2018

六部门:网络直播应落实用户实名制度 (Office for “Eradicating pornography and illegal publications” removes anonymity for webcasters, imposes comprehensive surveillance of webcast content)
People's Daily, August 20, 2018

中国开发网攻技术介入邻国政治? (Is China developing Internet technologies to interfere with politics in neighboring countries?)
Radio France Internationale, August 20, 2018中国/20180820-中国开发网攻技术介入邻国政治

Hong Kong (香港)

立會行管會入稟 追游蕙禎逾百萬薪津連利息 (LegCo Commission files claim against ousted legislator Yau Wai-ching for over HKD 1 million in salary, office expenses, interest)
The Stand News, August 21, 2018立會行管會入稟-追游蕙禎逾百萬薪津連利息/

Maternity leave in Hong Kong: Government considering subsidies to help businesses offset cost of giving new mothers 14 weeks off
South China Morning Post, August 21, 2018

Commentary (评论)

观点:中国学者不应再做错误生育政策的吹鼓手 (Opinion: Chinese scholars should not again advocate wrong birth policy)
BBC, August 21, 2018

Reflections of a Chinese reporter in foreign media
Sup China, August 21, 2018

人权主席警告 五大国造成联合国失能 (U.N. human rights chief says Security Council members risk U.N.’s survival)
Deutsche Welle, August 21, 2018

Not all about the money: Why the one child generation isn’t keen on having more babies
What’s On Weibo, August 21, 2018 Read more at:

There's Jim Crow in China, but no one seems to care
Los Angeles Times, August 21, 2018

Why Is the NBA in Xinjiang?
Slate, August 20, 2018