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, October 31, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Kuaishou livestreamer detained for 15 days for mocking national anthem
TechNode, October 30, 2018

China's parliament expands use of in absentia trials targeting “absconders”
Radio Free Asia, October 30, 2018

狂犬疫苗受害者、上海维权人士谭华被强迫失踪至今已57天 母亲也遭强迫失踪40天 (Vaccine victim rights defender and his mother forcibly disappeared)
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, October 28, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

China steps up VPN blocks ahead of major trade, Internet shows
Reuters, October 30, 2018

Wolf Warrior comment backfires on Chinese doctor caught in Super Typhoon Yutu destruction
South China Morning Post, October 30, 2018

China tries to woo a sprawling global Chinese diaspora
NPR, October 29, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China stops more than 100 Christians from boarding planes for overseas event
Radio Free Asia October 30, 2018

80名艾滋感染者促规范检测消除歧视 (80 HIV-positive citizens urge revised HIV testing process to eliminate employment discrimination)
Radio Free Asia, October 30, 2018

As China prepares to revise its Civil Code, calls are renewed for legal recognition of same-sex marriage
SupChina, October 30, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

台灣擬限制大陸居住證人士被選舉權 國台辦斥不得人心 (Taiwan may restrict right to vote for those holding mainland residence permits)
RTHK, October 31, 2018

Deng Xiaoping’s son urges China to “know its place” in counterpoint to Xi's expansionist foreign policy
The Telegraph, October 30, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s Sharp Eyes surveillance system puts the security focus on public shaming
Associated Press, October 30, 2018

Chinese Apple Watch supplier under fire for “forcing students to work like robots”
Agence France-Presse, October 30, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Can Hong Kong’s activists for self-determination get a second chance in politics?
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2018

楊潤雄指院校有責任防止有人濫用大學資源推動港獨 (Head of education bureau calls on universities to bear responsibility and prevent students from advocating for independence)
RTHK, October 31, 2018

Hong Kong government damaged “one country, two systems” with “monster” co-location plan at express rail terminus, court told
South China Morning Post, October 30, 2018

Hong Kong justice minister confirms department advised official who barred activist Lau Siu-lai from contesting Legco by-election
South China Morning Post, October 30, 2018

Video: Democrat removed from legislature after demanding a no confidence motion against Justice Sec
Hong Kong Free Press, October 30, 2018

R.I.P. Jin Yong — Beloved martial arts novelist and newspaper editor
SupChina, October 30, 2018

Commentary (评论)

人民日报:铸牢中华民族共同体意识必须推广国家通用语言文字 (People’s Daily: Build unified Chinese ethnic community, propagate Mandarin as common language as stipulated in Party Constitution)
People’s Daily, October 31, 2018

China’s bad old days are back
Foreign Affairs, October 30, 2018

Insights into the social credit system on Chinese online media vs its portrayal in Western media
What’s On Weibo, October 30, 2018

Is China losing the opportunity to lead?
The Diplomat, October 30, 2018