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, October 15, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

李文足赴最高人民法院要求跟進丈夫案件 被公安阻撓 (Public security blocked wife of 709 lawyer Wang Quanzhang, detained since July 2015, from submitting letter to high court appealing for due process)
The Stand News, October 15, 2018

广东90后民主人士拟纪念“双十”节遭刑拘 (Guangdong activists are criminally detained for planning commemoration of Republic of China’s founding on October 10)
Voice of America, October 14, 2018

黄琦八旬老母忧儿狱中受虐上访被跟踪 其本人被加控罪名 (Mother of jailed activist Huang Qi faces under surveillance, fears charges against her)
Radio France Internationale, October 13, 2018

709案:官派律师遭投诉 (Wife of jailed 709 lawyer Yu Wensheng files complaints against state-appointed lawyer for potential conflict of interest)
Radio Free Asia, October 12, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese live-streaming star locked up for singing national anthem in “disrespectful” way
South China Morning Post, October 14, 2018

Book of Xi's discourses on building a community with a shared future for humanity published
Sina English, October 14, 2018

中国当局钳制社会网络言论明显升级 (Recent incidents show clear escalation of authorities’ control over freedom of speech on- and offline)
Voice of America, October 13, 2018

As China clamps down, internet users find it harder to scale “Great Firewall”
Christian Science Monitor, October 12, 2018

China’s biggest streaming site to bring patriotic education to the countryside
TechNode, October 12, 2018

Minitrue: Share the following articles on China-U.S. relations
China Digital Times, October 12, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Detention, beating of Guangdong rights attorney shows “lack of restraint” by police
Radio Free Asia, October 12, 2018

孫世華對廣州律協聲明表遺憾 強調自己為律師典範 (Assaulted human rights lawyer presses for release of security footage after Guangzhou Lawyers’ Association claims no violence is shown)
Radio Television Hong Kong, October 13, 2018

Female lawyer Sun Shihua handling petitioner’s case is beaten and illegally detained by police
Human Rights in China, September 20, 2018

Jail for Chinese villagers who ripped national flag to pieces
South China Morning Post, October 12, 2018

Chinese private sector fears grow over state’s role as Qingdao sends officials into firms to set up labor unions
South China Morning Post, October 14, 2018

Woman missing as China quashes vaccine dissent
The Guardian, October 13, 2018

Taiwan promises not to forcibly repatriate Chinese asylum seekers: Activist
Radio Free Asia, October 12, 2018

United States or China as world leader? Asians overwhelmingly prefer the U.S., Pew study finds
South China Morning Post, October 13, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

How China defines religious extremism and how it justifies Xinjiang re-education camps for Muslims
South China Morning Post, October 13, 2018

Chinese official says “Sinicization” of religion in Xinjiang must go on
Reuters, October 14, 2018

Malaysia defies China by freeing 11 detained Uyghurs, despite handover request
Agence France-Presse October 12, 2018

Vanished Chinese oil tycoon linked to senior official’s bribery case
South China Morning Post, October 12, 2018

Account of police brutality gives rise to a #MeToo moment in China
The New York Times, October 12, 2018

美国又将关闭多所孔子学院 (U.S. to close more Confucius Institutes)
Radio France Internationale, October 12, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Google tells U.S. lawmakers it is weighing options on controversial China services
Reuters, October 13, 2018

U.S. lawmakers urge Canada to snub China’s Huawei from 5G network design out of “grave concerns” over U.S. security
Reuters, October 13, 2018

Bloomberg story under fire; Supply chain fears remain
China Digital Times, October 12, 2018

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

48 high-definition surveillance cameras installed on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge to guard against terrorism
South China Morning Post, October 12, 2018

Five Eyes intelligence alliance expands coalition to counter China’s foreign influence
Reuters, October 12, 2018

“五眼联盟”加强情报合作 对付中国 (Five Eyes intelligence alliance to strengthen intel-sharing to combat China)
Deutsche Welle, October 12, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Independence activists urge U.S. to punish Hong Kong officials over “rights violations” as scuffle unfolds outside Gov’t HQ
Hong Kong Free Press, October 15, 2018

Hong Kong bans democrat Lau Siu-lai from standing in legislative by-election
Hong Kong Free press, October 12, 2018

【DQ小麗】選舉主任DQ劉小麗「理由」全文 (Full text: Returning Officer’s “reasons” for disqualifying Lau Siu-lai), October 12, 2018

“Gov’t twisted my words”: Lau Siu-lai leads democrats in protest against her election ban
Hong Kong Free Press, October 13, 2018

【下次選舉 DQ 對象?】選舉主任點名朱凱廸 與劉小麗、眾志同發「自決」聲明 (Returning officer who disqualified Lau Siu-lai names current legislator Eddie Chu’s joint-declaration as proof of anti-Beijing sentiment, sparks concerns over Chu’s eligibility for 2020 election)
The Stand News, October 12, 2018

Beijing is taking Hong Kong back 100 years, says Baggio Leung, new spokesperson for pro-independence group HKNF
Hong Kong Free Press, October 14, 2018

Hong Kong still needs land reclamation, Carrie Lam insists as thousands take to streets in protest against controversial artificial island plan
South China Morning Post, October 14, 2018

In Pictures: Thousands of Hongkongers protest Lantau artificial island housing plan
Agence France-Presse, October 14, 2018

Master’s course for Hong Kong administrative talent at elite Tsinghua University sparks concern over pro-Beijing bias
South China Morning Post, October 13, 2018

Next chair of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission “needs to assert independence”
South China Morning Post, October 12, 2018

“Grave injustice” spurs retired senior Hong Kong policeman to again appeal Occupy assault conviction and sentence
South China Morning Post, October 12, 2018

Commentary (评论)

China’s Fan Bingbing should thank her lucky stars; Her punishment could have been a lot worse
South China Morning Post, October 15, 2018

China is trying to erase the Uyghurs and their culture
Al Jazeera, October 13, 2018

Locating the red line: The slow, painful retreat of free expression in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, October 13, 2018

China’s detention of ex-Interpol chief highlights the arrogance of its anti-corruption investigators
South China Morning Post, October 13, 2018

The tech giants, the U.S. and the Chinese spy chips that never were… or were they?
The Guardian, October 13, 2018

China's diplomacy has a monster in its closet
The Diplomat, October 13, 2018

Curbs on Hong Kong’s freedoms could suck the lifeblood out of the city
South China Morning Post, October 13, 2018

Is America over-reacting to the threat of Chinese influence?
ChinaFile, October 12, 2018