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, December 19, 2018

Xinjiang (新疆)

Xinjiang authorities arrest Uyghur court official who denounced political re-education camps
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2018

Central Asians cry out over China's secret detention camps
Agence France-Presse, December 18, 2018

Connection or control? On the new Silk Road, two tales of China compete
Christian Science Monitor, December 18, 2018

新疆再教育营:学员被强迫劳动 (Millions of detained Muslims in Xinjiang are forced into labor)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2018

拒食猪肉 新疆哈萨克学生遭打压 (Kazakh students detained in meat freezers for protesting Muslims being forced to eat pork, raise pigs)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tiananmen-era dissident reunited with wife, children after U.S. intervention
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2018

709案家属剃发明志:“我们可以无发,你们不能无法!(Wives of 709 lawyers shave heads, protest judicial system ignoring legal process)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2018

中国牧师王怡被控颠覆政权罪 (Detained family church pastor charged with subversion of state power)
Radio France internationale, December 15, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

报告:中国监禁记者最多 (Reporters Without Borders report: China is still the country with the most imprisoned journalists)
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2018

学者演讲视频被删:忠言逆耳就不行 (Popular video of Renmin University scholar blocked for content critical of Chinese government)
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2018

Hong Kong tabloid with China links tails visiting U.S.-Australian academic
The Guardian, December 18, 2018

Hong Kong’s top lawyers urge release of Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang – detained for over 3 years
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18, 2018

大律師公會發聲明 敦促內地盡快釋放維權律師王全璋 (Hong Kong Bar Association urges the mainland to release the rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 18, 2018

Statement of the Hong Kong Bar Association: Release lawyer Mr. Wang Quanzhang pending trial
Hong Kong Bar Association, December 18, 2018

Elderly Tibetans go back to school to learn to read and write
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2018

网络控制:推特中国用户“遭劫” (Twitter accounts of “sensitive” users hijacked by the authorities, posts deleted)
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2018

China’s censors have leapt the Great Firewall to police tweets
Quartz, December 18, 2018

Twitter tumbles on concerns about hacking activity
Reuters, December 18, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese city bans Christmas decorations in tilt at “clean-city” competition
Telegraph, December 18, 2018

China’s bizarre program to keep activists in check
New Yorker, December 17, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

官方改革大事记:六四仍为“暴乱” (Official chronicle of China in the reform era still designates June Fourth as “riot”)
Radio Free Asia, December 18, 2018

This is what Xi Jinping says can help save China from “terrifying tidal waves and horrifying storms”
South China Morning Post, December 18, 2018

China’s leader says party must control “all tasks,” and Asian markets slump
The New York Times, December 18, 2018

Xi Jinping’s story of reform
China Media Project, December 18, 2018

No way to cut corners and avoid arrest of Huawei executive at U.S. request: Freeland
Montreal Gazette, December 17, 2018

“There’s a human cost to these political situations”: Chinese arrests all too familiar for past Canadian detainees
South China Morning Post, December 18, 2018

China publishes economic and political wish list for its relationship with the European Union
South China Morning Post, December 18, 2018

地下教会主教郭希锦被要求让出职位 (At Vatican’s request, bishop of Chinese house-church bishop forced to give up position)
Deutsche Welle, December 15, 2018

China urgently needs “politically reliable,” “religiously knowledgeable” bishops as 50% of Catholic dioceses face vacancies
Global Times December 18, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Top Henan tourist site waives ticket fees for Huawei users
TechNode, December 18, 2018

Baidu restructures to focus on AI and cloud computing
TechNode, December 18, 2018

Chinese province asks home-sharing platforms to hand over guest and host information to authorities
South China Morning Post, December 17, 2018

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

华为的国家安全风险:西方和盟国联合布防 (Huawei’s national security risk: The West and its allies mount a common defense)
BBC News, December 17, 2018

【全球抵制】捷克情報部門指華為中興有安全威脅 呼籲停用 (Czech Cyber and Information Security Agency warns against Huawei and ZTE security risks, urges local telecom companies to stay clear)
The Stand News, December 18, 2018

Huawei to spend U.S. $2 billion over 5 years in cybersecurity push
Reuters, December 18, 2018

Huawei’s new playbook in Washington: Drop PR and hire lawyers
Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

樹仁學生會「斷莊」 校方收回辦事處及民主牆 學生斥收窄言論空間 (Hong Kong Shue Yan University takes back student union democracy wall, office space)
The Stand News, December 19, 2018

Justice Dep’t may give more detail on decision not to prosecute ex-Hong Kong leader CY Leung, says Acting Chief Exec.
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18, 2018

Hong Kong’s top court rejects activist Raphael Wong’s appeal against Umbrella Movement jail sentence
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18, 2018

Implement the Basic Law better, Xi Jinping tells Hong Kong and Macau
South China Morning Post, December 18, 2018

觀察員報告揭發警察違規監控集會 (Civil Rights Observer to file complaint against police unlawfully filming assemblies, targeting individuals), December 17, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Xi's scary interpretation of the last 40 years of Chinese history
The Diplomat, December 19, 2018

How Xi Jinping is being placed at the very centre of China’s story of reform
Hong Kong Free Press, December 18, 2018

The fate of Huawei foreshadows the fate of China
The Atlantic, December 18, 2018

China got rid of one of the most oppressive practices of the Mao era. Now it’s coming back.
The Washington Post, December 18, 2018

An emboldened China no longer cares what its critics think
The New York Times, December 17, 2018

扩大社会控制 2019中国人权情势堪忧 (As Chinese authorities expand control of society, China’s human rights situation for 2019 is concerning)
Deutsche Welle, December 16, 2018