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.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China says Australian writer is suspected of national security crimes
The New York Times, January 24, 2019

China likely holding author Yang Hengjun in “special detention,” says close friend
Deutsche Welle, January 24, 2019

专访: 民主国家的软弱使中国更嚣张 (Interview with Yang Hengjun’s tutor: Weaknesses of democratic countries will feed China’s ego)
Deutsche Welle, January 25, 2019

披露李明哲监中受虐 李净瑜探监遭拒 (Jailed Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che’s wife denied prison visits after revealing his ill treatment)
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2019

公安执法规范化融公正于办案各环节 (To prevent torture, 16 law enforcement and case investigation centers with full CCTV coverage established in Beijing where suspects wear wristbands that record audio and track movement)
Legal Daily, January 24, 2019

新修正的刑事诉讼法全文公布, 在新起点上提升反腐败法治化水平 (Revised Criminal Procedure Law published on People’s Daily, establishing trial in absentia process, connecting investigation of National Supervisory Commission with criminal procedures)
National Supervisory Commission, January 24, 2019

中华人民共和国刑事诉讼法 (Full text: Criminal Procedure Law of PRC)
People’s Daily, January 24, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

A celebrity blogger in China shines a light on political intrigue
The Economist, January 24, 2019

Why China is lavishing money on foreign students
The Economist, January 24, 2019

U.S. universities unplug from China's Huawei under pressure from Trump
Reuters, January 24, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

兩異見人士滯機場4月 將合法入台 (Two Chinese dissidents allowed to enter Taiwan after being stranded at airport for 4 months)
Ming Pao, January 25, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Canada’s ambassador to China says he “misspoke” about Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s “strong” case against extradition
Bloomberg, January 25, 2019

China’s Xi Jinping “most dangerous” to free societies, says George Soros
BBC, January 25, 2018

George Soros says Xi Jinping is the world’s “most dangerous opponent” of open societies
Quartz, January 25, 2019

即使習近平成為終身皇帝,也看不到中國足球夢的實現 (Even with Xi Jinping as emperor for life, China’s soccer dream will not come true)
The News Lens, January 25, 2019

人權比熊貓重要多了!布拉格擬廢除北京藏在合約中的「一中條款」(Human rights are more important than pandas: Prague to abolish one China policy in sister city agreement)
The News Lens, January 24, 2019

中央深改委会议定了这些大事 (Central Commission on Comprehensively Deepening Reforms adopts 12 documents and 3 reports, including Implementing Opinions on Comprehensively Deepening Reforms in Political and Legal Areas)
The Paper, January 24, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

U.S. believes it doesn’t need to show “proof” Huawei is a spy threat
Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2019

Another reason U.S. fears Huawei: Its gear works and it's cheap
Bloomberg, January 24, 2019

Is someone in debt nearby? Chinese court uses chat app to alert people as part of social credit system
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2019

Taiwan compiling “blacklist” of Chinese technology companies: Report
Radio Free Asia, January 24, 2019

Bing is back online in China (for now)
That’s Magazine, January 24, 2019

他們還在期待谷歌回到中國,哪怕是審查版的也好 (Why some Chinese citizens still want Google in China)
The Initium, January 25, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong legislature votes down motion to summon Justice Sec. to explain decision not to prosecute ex-leader CY Leung
Hong Kong Free Press, January 25, 2019

【不控梁振英】傳召鄭若驊議案被否決 鄭若驊:議案干涉檢控 違基本法 (Motion to summon Secretary of Justice vetoed in LegCo, Cheng: motion is an interference on prosecution and against the Basic Law)
The Stand News, January 24, 2019

Demosisto leader Joshua Wong says he was treated “like a dog” when made to squat naked during prison interrogation
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2019

Policing Hong Kong’s Occupy protests was tough, say judges in Frankly Chu appeal – but excessive force still illegal
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2019

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers walk out of meeting with No. 2 official Matthew Cheung as row over controversial welfare change rumbles on
South China Morning Post, January 24, 2019

Commentary (评论)

百度现象折射中国互联网:牢笼又是丛林 (Baidu as a reflection of China’s Internet: A cage, but also a jungle)
BBC News, January 25, 2019

【專訪】穆達偉 因做功課被大陸驅逐出境的德國人 (Interview with David Missal, German student kicked out of China for his research project)
The Stand News, January 24, 2019

China: Secret detention places writer at risk of torture
Amnesty International, January 24, 2019

The Chinese Communist Party always needs an enemy
Foreign Policy, January 24, 2019

What does Xi want from Taiwan? (And what can Taiwan do about it?)
ChinaFile, January 24, 2019

China’s media forecast is bleak and stormy
Foreign Policy, January 24, 2019