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, November 01, 2018

Xinjiang (新疆)

Mapping Xinjiang’s “re-education” camps
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, November 1, 2018

UK confirms reports of Chinese mass internment camps for Uyghur Muslims
The Guardian, October 31, 2018

Growing evidence forced China to acknowledge Xinjiang political “re-education camps”: researcher
Radio Free Asia, October 31, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

代表律師「意外受傷」一度退出案件 王全璋親筆信為「困擾和麻煩」致歉 (Lawyer withdraws from Wang Quanzhang’s case, Wang apologizes for causing him “troubles”)
The Stand News, November 1, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

年年免费游中国,带回让党放心的宣传 (While some foreign journalists are banned and restricted in Xinjiang, overseas Chinese media are invited for free)
Voice of America, November 1, 2018

U.S. Embassy uses WeChat to air criticism of China on home turf
Bloomberg, October 31, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Wife of disappeared former Interpol president lawyers up in Europe
Radio Free Asia, October 31, 2018

Background: Xu Lin
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, October 31, 2018

New political requirements for Tibetan monastics: Authorities “Sinicizing” religion
Human Rights Watch, October 30, 2018

Event: Pussy Riot, Joshua Wong & Sampson Wong to appear at first int’l exhibition of Chinese artist Badiucao this Sat
Hong Kong Free Press, October 31, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

習近平稱要確保中國2020年消除絕對貧困 (China to eradicate absolute poverty by 2020, says Xi Jinping)
Radio Television Hong Kong, November 1, 2018

Head of HKUST says new mainland campus will have autonomy, despite Communist Party secretary and gov’t funding
Hong Kong Free Press, October 31, 2018

Beijing engages with Pakistan’s Uyghurs in “charm offensive”
Nikkei Asian Review, October 31, 2018

Exclusive: German firms urged to cut dependence on China
Reuters, October 31, 2018

China’s 12th National Women’s Congress opens
Sina, October 31, 2018

“China wants to buy country”: Sri Lankan minister slams Beijing amid tussle for power with Mahinda Rajapaksa
Agence France-Presse, October 30, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world
CNN, November 1, 2018

Super Micro tells U.S. lawmakers it found no Chinese spy chips, denying Bloomberg report
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2018

Kai-Fu Lee says U.S. tech companies aren’t ready for Chinese AI
Bloomberg, October 31, 2018

Develop and control: Xi Jinping urges China to use artificial intelligence in race for tech future
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2018

习近平:推动我国新一代人工智能健康发展 (Xi Jinping: Promote China’s new era of healthy development of artificial intelligence)
Xinhua, October 31, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam will sit on panel to hear banned pro-independence party appeal
South China Morning Post, November 1, 2018

Localist Andy Chan says officials wrong to ban Hong Kong National Party as it is run by a registered company subject to different laws
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2018

香港一地两检司法复核开审 李柱铭质疑港府错解基本法 (Constitutional challenge on co-location checkpoint begins, Martin Lee challenges gov’t interpretation of Basic Law)
Voice of America, October 31, 2018

【一地兩檢】政府代表指《基本法》須符中國憲法框架 司法受干預說法錯誤 (Judicial review on co-location: Counsel for government says Basic Law must follow Chinese constitutional framework, wrong to claim interference on judiciary), October 31, 2018

Hong Kong court cannot ignore Beijing’s decision over new rail terminal’s immigration checkpoint, says gov’t lawyer
Hong Kong Free Press, October 31, 2018

A chapter closes: Last Hong Kong bookshop selling titles banned in China shuts
The Guardian, October 31, 2018

Security chief defends decision not to send money laundering alert to banks in Hong Kong, calling information “unverifiable”
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Hold Chinese government accountable for reprisals against human rights defenders cooperating with UN; aggressive moves target activists and NGOs in China & abroad
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, November 1, 2018

Hong Kong must show it is home to all races
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2018

Chinese state media’s intense “mind map” on Xi Jinping’s ideology may be lacking some detail
Hong Kong Free Press, October 31, 2018

An interview with Xu Youyu: “The worst is yet to come”
China Change, October 31, 2018

China must stop making a mockery of the rights treaties it signs
Washington Post, October 30, 2018