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, January 30, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Groups decry Lee Ming-che’s isolation
Taipei Times, January 30, 2019

司法部举行“全面深化司法行政改革”新闻发布会 (Ministry of Justice publishes Outline for the Comprehensively Deepening Reforms of Judicial Administration (2018-2022), which includes “continuing to strengthen the construction of political organs”)
Legal Daily, January 29, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Over half of foreign correspondents say reporting conditions in China deteriorated in 2018 – report
Hong Kong Free Press, January 29, 2019

Chinese authorities “cut off foreign reporter’s phone call with young son”, amid growing crackdown on journalists
Independent, January 29, 2019

中國「宮鬥劇」被停播、官媒列5大罪狀,連《爸爸去哪兒》也無限延期 (Popular historical dramas disappear from TV as state media names “five sins” of negative influence)
The News Lens, January 29, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

人权团体呼吁中国释放民生观察网创办人刘飞跃 (Human rights organizations call on China to release jailed activist Liu Feiyue
Voice of America, January 30, 2019

團體遊行要求釋放國內政治犯 何俊仁:王全璋無罪,一日監都唔應該坐 (Hong Kong groups rally to demand release of political prisoners in China as Wang Quanzhang receives 4.5-year sentence), January 29, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

“We just can’t pay”: Mahathir soothes China’s ego over Malaysia’s cancelled East Coast Rail Link
South China Morning Post, January 29, 2019

Mandatory “poverty alleviation” worse than being poor (VIDEO)
Bitter Winter, January 29, 2019

New temple-shutdown tactic: Suspend permits
Bitter Winter, January 29, 2019

对权益受损党员干部建立救济机制 (Discipline inspection and supervision organs explore establishing clarification and relief mechanisms for government officials “falsely reported”)
Legal Daily, January 29, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

How China acquired mastery of vital microchip technology
Financial Times, January 29, 2019

Australia's TPG Telecom dumps Huawei-supplied mobile network citing government ban
Reuters, January 29, 2019

北京市教委:全面排查中小学APP 群里不得刷屏点赞发红包 (Beijing Education Commission issues regulations to prohibit using Internet groups to criticize, praise students)
Xinhua, January 29, 2019

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

Changes in China’s coast guard
The Diplomat, January 30, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

年宵布袋印眾志標誌兩度被拒 香港眾志:製作公司稱收政府批文禁印 (Factories say they received “government notice” not to print Demosisto’s name and logo)
The Stand News, January 29, 2019

Hong Kong pro-democracy group Demosisto has Lunar New Year bags “censored” after mainland Chinese firm refuses to print logo
South China Morning Post, January 29, 2019

Beijing says no to Hong Kong leader’s plan to strengthen city’s anti-corruption laws to encompass gifts to chief executive
South China Morning Post, January 30, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China’s new Maximalism in three slogans
The Diplomat, January 30, 2019

Dreaming of Taiwan’s return: Chinese President Xi and the story of Hong Kong’s “great success”
Hong Kong Free Press, January 27, 2019