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, August 13, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China tries leading members of banned religious group “Almighty God”
Reuters, August 13, 2018

Chinese professor detained during VOA interview reportedly returns home
Voice of America, August 12, 2018

Tasting freedom: Liu Xia regains her health as she settles into new life in Germany
South China Morning Post, August 11, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

China state media justify Muslim Uighur crackdown to prevent “China's Syria”
Deutsche Welle, August 13, 2018

China has prevented “great tragedy” in Xinjiang, state-run paper says
Channel NewsAsia, August 13, 2018

China expels German journalism student who wrote about rights lawyers
Associated Press, August 13, 2018

Users in China found Reddit blocked over the weekend
Quartz, August 13, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

內地律師協會:律師不應過激表達訴求 (Mainland lawyers association: lawyers should not be overly expressive in expressing their demands)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 13, 2018

浙江教会唱红歌 当局酱缸基督教 (Authorities continue to assimilate churches, require them to sing revolutionary songs and hang national flag)
Radio Free Asia, August 13, 2018

佳士员工遭酷刑 声援团成员被失踪 (Detained Jasic workers are tortured and members of solidarity team are missing)
Radio Free Asia, August 13, 2018

China delays plan to demolish Weizhou Grand Mosque after protest by Hui Muslims
South China Morning Post, August 12, 2018

宁夏清真寺抗议风波 官方暂时妥协 (Ningxia protest against mosque demolition strikes temporary win)
Deutsche Welle, August 12, 2018

被政府盯上的穹顶 宁夏韦州清真大寺对峙事件原委
China mosque demolition sparks standoff in Ningxia
BBC News , August 10, 2018

中国学者异议人士吁关注新疆人权灾难 (Chinese scholars call for attention on Xinjiang human rights crisis)
Radio Free Asia, August 10, 2018

「最後人民公社」村民抗議村官賣地 (Villagers rally to protest sale of land to government)
Ming Pao, August 13, 2018

「上海民族党」在纽约成立 反共并要求上海独立 (“Shanghai Nation Party” registers in New York, seeks Shanghai self-governance)
Radio France Internationale, August 12, 2018中国/20180812-上海民族党在纽约成立-公开要求上海独立

How peer-to-peer lending turned middle-class Chinese dreamers into angry protesters
Quartz, August 11, 2018

Religion must obey Chinese law: Paper
Taipei Times, August 12, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

《环球时报》为新疆高压政策作辩护 (Global Times defends Xinjiang's high-pressure policy)
Deutsche Welle, August 13, 2018

福建:上半年问责47个党组织809名领导干部 (Fujian: 809 leading cadres of 47 party organizations are held accountable for misdeeds in first half of year)
People's Daily, August 13, 2018

UN rights panel grills China over mass detention of Uyghurs
Radio Free Asia, August 10, 2018

UN panel confronts China over reports that it holds a million Uighurs in camps
New York Times, August 10, 2018

U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps
Reuters, August 10, 2018

New evidence emerges of China forcing Muslims into “reeducation” camps
Washington Post, August 10, 2018

China flat out denies the mass incarceration of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs as testimonies trickle out
Quartz, August 13, 2018

China to UN panel: No arbitrary detention in Uighur region
Voice of America, August 13, 2018

China denies violating minority rights amid detention claims
The Guardian, August 13, 2018

China Uighurs: Beijing denies detaining one million
BBC, August 13, 2018

China threatens to demolish a mosque, the same day it faces questions at the UN over its treatment of Muslims
Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2018

Senior U.S. politician calls for Taiwan’s president to be granted trip to Washington
South China Morning Post, August 13, 2018

Taiwan leader still defiant as she goes overseas
Reuters, August 13, 2018

Kenya fraud charges over Chinese-funded $3bn railway
BBC, August 13, 2018

China’s language and cultural centers are growing faster across Africa than we thought
Quartz, August 11, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China releases 3-year action plan for information technology consumption
Technode, August 13, 2018

《扩大和升级信息消费三年行动计划(2018-2020年)》解读 (How to read the 3-year Action Plan for Expanding and Upgrading Information Consumption (2018-2020))
Ministry of Information and Information Technology, August 10, 2018

研究人权 德国留学生被迫离开中国 (German student at Tsinghua University is forced to leave for research on human rights)
Radio France Internationale, August 12, 2018中国/20180812-研究人权-德国留学生被迫离开中国

A former Google China exec says the company’s plan to build a censored search engine in the country is likely a violation of human rights
Business Insider, August 10, 2018

谷歌前高管批谷歌重返中国是“愚蠢”的决定 (Former Google exec criticizes Google’s decision to return to China as “stupid”)
Voice of America , August 11, 2018

How Google is developing its censored search engine
China Digital Times, August 11, 2018

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

State-run paper defends stepping up of security operations in China’s troubled Xinjiang region
South China Morning Post, August 13, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

专访陈浩天: 为了自由与尊严 坚持发表演讲 (Interview with Andy Chan: Will insist on giving speech for freedom and dignity)
Deutsche Welle, August 13, 2018

UN committee tells Hong Kong to show proof that education policy is helping ethnic minority children integrate into society
South China Morning Post, August 13, 2018

Maria Tam denies Beijing intervened in Hong Kong separatist’s FCC speech, saying “there is zero tolerance for Hong Kong independence”
South China Morning Post, August 13, 2018

Ex-leader CY Leung equates independence activist’s talk with Nazism, racism and Holocaust denial
Hong Kong Free Press, August 13, 2018

How China's ire put global spotlight on Hong Kong activist Andy Chan
BBC, August 13, 2018

Protesters were not committing a crime because they were not warned they were committing a crime, Hong Kong barristers argue
South China Morning Post, August 13, 2018

Priced out and living above a rubbish dump: Where do Hong Kong’s rough sleepers go?
South China Morning Post, August 12, 2018

“Baffling” discrepancies found in population estimates for 2015 Hong Kong district council elections
South China Morning Post, August 12, 2018

Commentary (评论)

A year on, lawyer’s disappearance highlights China’s escalating human rights disaster
Hong Kong Free Press, August 13, 2018

习近平: 大权在握 麻烦多多 (Xi Jinping: Plenty of troubles come with holding big power)
Deutsche Welle, August 13, 2018

中国工人运动观察报告2015-2017 (The Workers’ Movement in China 2015-2017): A new report from CLB
China Labour Bulletin, August 13, 2018中国工人运动观察报告2015-2017-workers-movement-china-2015-2017-new-report-clb

UN approves former Chilean president as next human rights chief
Xinhua News Agency, August 11, 2018

Can Taiwan counter China’s mounting pressure?
Deutsche Welle, August 10, 2018

社评:捍卫新疆和平稳定,就是最大的人权 (Global Times: “Preserving peace and stability in Xinjiang is the greatest human right”)
Global Times, August 12, 2018