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 22, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

全国人大法工委复函专家:督促纠正地方法院越权制定司法解释 (Legislative Affairs Commission urges rectification of interpretations by local courts that “exceed their authorities”)
The Paper, August 22, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

“Unify minds”: President Xi Jinping makes ideological rallying call to China’s Communist Party propaganda cadres
South China Morning Post, August 22, 2018

China’s Xi says internet must be “clean and righteous”
Reuters, August 22, 2018

China boosts internet propaganda efforts with Xi aide’s appointment
Reuters, August 22, 2018

Buzzfeed journalist denied new China visa following award-winning coverage of Xinjiang crackdown
Hong Kong Free Press, August 22, 2018

美国记者因报道新疆不获续签被迫离开中国 (China denies visa for BuzzFeed writer in likely retaliation)
Voice of America, August 22, 2018

This is what a 21st-Century police state really looks like
Buzzfeed, October 17, 2017

Chinese state TV mocks Trump in sarcastic video
The New York Times, August 22, 2018

China is now policing cryptocurrency by targeting WeChat accounts
Quartz, August 22, 2018

Economics professor expelled for “politically harmful” expressions, including estimate of staggering cost to maintain the Communist Party apparatus
China Change, August 21, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

An analysis of collective protests by workers in different industries
China Labour Bulletin, August 22, 2018

深圳佳士维权: 中国社媒审查与致习近平的公开信 (Domestic media remain silent on Shenzhen Jasic workers’ protest, supporters send letter to Xi Jinping)
BBC, August 22, 2018

上海维权人士丁德元被以“妨害公务罪”判刑2年6个月 (Shanghai rights defenders jailed for 2.5 years)
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, August 21, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s mass internment camps have no clear end in sight
Foreign Policy, August 22, 2018

Taiwan’s last Africa ally tells China “no desire” to switch ties
Reuters, August 22, 2018

China ups pressure on Taiwan’s last African ally, eSwatini, to abandon it for Beijing
South China Morning Post, August 22, 2018

国务院派出31个督查组分赴各地进行督查 (State Council sends 31 inspection groups to conduct inspections across the country)
People’s Daily, August 22, 2018

武汉市政府原党组成员、副市长李忠被开除党籍和公职 (Former deputy mayor and CPC committee member in Wuhan investigated for serious disciplinary, legal violations)
Beijing News, August 22, 2018

山西省监狱管理局党委书记王伟等4人被开除党籍 (Party secretary of Shanxi Prison Administration investigated for serious disciplinary, legal violations)
Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, August 22, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese police scan, store data from citizens’ smartphones
Radio Free Asia, August 21, 2018

U.S. should focus on China’s cybersecurity law, not its tech program, says organization representing, Apple, Google and more
South China Morning Post, August 22, 2018

Google tried to change China. China may end up changing Google
New York Times, August 22, 2018

Who needs democracy when you have data? Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance
MIT Technology Review, August 20, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

The new thing in Hong Kong’s public schools: White students
New York Times, August 22, 2018

Mainland Chinese officials have arrived to set up in port area of West Kowloon terminus of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link
South China Morning Post, August 22, 2018

Hong Kong secondary student convicted of carrying air pistol near Legco protest
South China Morning Post, August 22, 2018

【反釋法遊行案】督察否認阻示威者到中聯辦閘外 辯方質疑故意刁難 (In unlawful assembly trial, demonstrators argue police provided inadequate march route), August 22, 2018

港大民意调查显示18至29岁港青有60%赞成台独 (Hong Kong University poll shows 60% of city’s youth 18-29 favor Taiwan independence)
Radio France Internationale, August 22, 2018中国/20180822-港大民意调查显示18至29岁港青有60赞成台独

Commentary (评论)

The secret story behind disappearing Deng Xiaoping
Channel NewsAsia, August 22, 2018