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 15, 2018

Xinjiang (新疆)

Exclusive: In rare coordinated move, Western envoys seek meeting on Xinjiang concerns
Reuters, November 15, 2018

China issues white paper on cultural protection, development in Xinjiang
Sina English, November 15, 2018

China says foreign concerns over Muslim rights unwarranted
Associated Press, November 15, 2018

U.S. measure to urge possible China sanctions over Xinjiang crackdown
Reuters, November 14, 2018

U.S. lawmakers unveil bill calling for release of Uyghurs from China’s detention camps
Radio Free Asia, November 14, 2018

噩梦般的旧日重现 – 为何习近平加强镇压
China’s bad old days are back: Why Xi Jinping is ramping up repression
Foreign Affairs, November 14, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Minitrue: Charges related to Lau Hei-wing case
China Digital Times, November 14, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

University in Hong Kong “surprised” as mainland Chinese judges hold Communist Party meeting on its campus
South China Morning Post, November 15, 2018

Even propagandist Eric X. Li falls victim to a new censorship campaign
SupChina, November 14, 2018

Chinese university “rethinking” checks on students’ electronic devices after privacy complaints
South China Morning Post, November 14, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese bishop “missing” despite historic deal between Beijing and Vatican
Agence France-Presse, November 15, 2018

Shenzhen commits to compensate protesting pneumoconiosis workers
China Labour Bulletin, November 14, 2018

Trade war has little impact so far on factory worker protests in China
China Labour Bulletin, November 14, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Scandals catch up to private Chinese hospitals, after fortunes are made
The New York Times, November 15, 2018

Lies and fears: How a chemical leak in China spilled out of control
South China Morning Post, November 15, 2018

Chinese government official in hot water after missing phone calls
Reuters, November 15, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China steps up online crackdown, seeks detailed user data
Al Jazeera, November 15, 2018

Facebook refuses to rule out a return to China despite human rights concerns
The Telegraph, November 14, 2018

U.S. panel warns China tech prowess threatens U.S. security
Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong freedoms under scrutiny as “Occupy” democracy leaders face trial
Reuters, November 15, 2018

Students at Chinese University of Hong Kong use graduation ceremony for protest against activist jailings
South China Morning Post, November 15, 2018

Occupy co-founder Chan Kin-man wonders whether Chinese people need to live in authoritarian society in farewell lecture days before he is due to stand trial
South China Morning Post, November 15, 2018

Lantau plan hit as “upside down” solution
The Standard, November 15, 2018

Statement of the Hong Kong Bar Association on Victor Mallet
Hong Kong Bar Association, November 15, 2018

【港府死撐】美國會報告促檢視港獨立關稅區地位 港府稱指控失實表遺憾 (U.S. report urges review of Hong Kong as independent tax zone due to regressing freedom, HKSAR government refutes allegations and criticizes foreign influence on internal affairs)
The Stand News, November 15, 2018

Hong Kong government hits back after U.S. report warns Beijing’s “encroachment” on city’s freedoms could erode its status as global business hub and affect import of American technology
South China Morning Post, November 14, 2018

中大社工系畢業生默哀 悼港自由淪喪 籲毋忘政治犯 (Chinese University of Hong Kong students protest against National Anthem Bill, mourn Hong Kong’s loss of freedoms at graduation ceremony), November 15, 2018

Hong Kong and Shenzhen officials can’t agree where the border is — or if a river has moved
South China Morning Post, November 14, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Sri Lanka turmoil points to China’s increasing role
Financial Times, November 15, 2018

Glaring omission in security council plan to visit China
Human Rights Watch, November 15, 2018

Freedoms are being compromised in Hong Kong, why can’t Carrie Lam just own up to that?
South China Morning Post, November 14, 2018

Hong Kong: Drop case against “Umbrella 9”: Democracy leaders on trial for 2014 non-violent protest
Human Rights Watch, November 14, 2018

It’s time to get loud about academic freedom in China: American schools should pull out of partnerships with schools that persecute students.
Foreign Policy, November 13, 2018

Why I will no longer write for the South China Morning Post
Hong Kong Free Press, November 13, 2018