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.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Mother of jailed Chinese activist says court “broke promise” to family
Radio Free Asia, January 30, 2019

Canada-based pop star Wanting Qu pleads for mother in Harbin death-penalty corruption case – but China’s netizens are unimpressed
South China Morning Post, January 31, 2019

各地逾30团体促华无罪释放王全璋和刘飞跃 美称王全璋案令人不安 (30 some organizations worldwide urge release of jailed activists Wang Quanzhang and Liu Feiyue)
Radio France Internationale, January 30, 2019

加拿大駐華大使館關注王全璋及劉飛躍因顛覆罪被判囚 (Sentencing of Wang Quanzhang and Liu Feiyue concerns Canadian embassy, raises doubts on China’s promises on rule of law)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 31, 2019

Jailing of Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang sparks public outcry
Radio Free Asia, January 30, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

全国首部网络直播标准出台 (CAC issues first-ever guidelines for online live-streaming and hosts)
Legal Daily, January 31, 2019

China bans live-stream hosts from wearing “sexy underwear or see-through clothes”
Independent, January 31, 2019

Tibetan monasteries in Nangchen banned from teaching language to young Tibetans
Radio Free Asia, January 30, 2019

政府不放心 中国将取缔校外补习班 (Student tuition centers shut down due to government distrust of education bodies outside party control)
Radio Free Asia, January 30, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

US lawmakers nominate jailed Uygur Ilham Tohti for Nobel Peace Prize, seeking global pressure on China
South China Morning Post, January 31, 2019

美國會提名在囚維族學者伊力哈木 角逐諾貝爾和平獎 (U.S. senators nominate jailed scholar Ilham Tohti for Nobel Peace Prize)
Ming Pao, January 31, 2019

加拿大夫妇凯文·加勒特讲述被中国扣留经过 (Canadian couple reveals custody experience in China in 2014)
BBC News, January 31, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

「霧霾又回來了!」 環保和GDP之間,到底該如何選擇?(The smog is back: How does China choose between pollution and GDP?)
The Initium, January 31, 2019

全国人大常委会组成人员分组审议外商投资法草案, 建议进一步研究外商投资企业投诉工作机制 (NPC Standing Committee reviews draft Foreign Investment Law, considers system for national security review)
Legal Daily, January 31, 2019

China fast tracks new foreign investment law as US talks loom
Channel NewsAsia, January 30, 2019

Xi’s tough talk on Taiwan backfires, as Tsai support surges
Associated Press, January 30, 2019

中央宣传部、中央文明办部署开展2019年传统节日文化活动 (Central Propaganda Department, Central Spiritual Civilization Construction Guiding Committee issue directive on “turning traditional festivals into patriotic festivals”
Xinhua, January 29, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Exclusive: EU considers proposals to exclude Chinese firms from 5G networks
Reuters, January 31, 2019

China unveils guideline on science and technology innovation board
Xinhua, January 31, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

”Very high chance” lost papers on Hong Kong’s scandal-hit Sha Tin-Central Link destroyed on purpose, says legislator Tanya Chan
South China Morning Post, January 31, 2019

Lawmakers and NGOs call for longer consultation on archives law and access to information regime
Hong Kong Free Press, January 31, 2019

支聯會年宵籌募經費 盼四月重開六四紀念館 (Hong Kong Alliance raises funds in hopes of reopening June Fourth memorial museum), January 30, 2019

Commentary (评论)

A China-controlled internet? Why tech giant Huawei roils Western fears.
The Christian Science Monitor, January 30, 2019

Detained blogger revealed true picture of Chinese information warfare
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 26, 2019