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, December 27, 2018

Xinjiang (新疆)

Anti-Muslim repression expands outside Xinjiang
Bitter Winter, December 25, 2018

China applies Xinjiang’s policing lessons to other Muslim areas
Wall Street Journal, December 24, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China holds secret trial for rights lawyer after 3 years in detention
The New York Times, December 26, 2018

【王全璋案】多名聲援者被帶走 外交官無法旁聽 法院:將擇期宣判 (Wang Quanzhang trial: Wife, journalists, diplomats barred from attendance, supporters arrested)
The Stand News, December 26, 2018

王全璋案涉国家秘密不公开审理 择日宣判 (Wang Quanzhang’s case involves state secrets, trial will not be public)
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2018

Travesty of justice: Free rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang now
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, December 26, 2018

律师刘正清面临吊销执业证 (Liu Zhengqing, lawyer who represented Huang Qi and Qin Yongmin, has license revoked for endangering national security)
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2018

Leading Chinese Marxist student taken away by police on Mao’s birthday
Reuters, December 26, 2018

毛泽东诞辰日 北大左派学生被警察带走 (Peking University Marxist society student kidnapped by police on Mao’s birthday)
Deutsche Welle, December 26, 2018

Thai court acquits Chinese dissident of immigration-related charges
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2018

Jailed Taiwan rights activist “treated inhumanely” in Chinese prison: Wife
Radio Free Asia, December 24, 2018

秦永敏狱中传遭迫害 妻子赵素利称其性命垂危
Chinese rights group fears for health of veteran democracy activist
Radio Free Asia, December 24, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

For China’s web platforms, the future is sanitized
Sixth Tone, December 26, 2018

British publisher pulls academic journals from China after government complaint
Reuters, December 24, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Tibetan passport restrictions limit attendance at Dalai Lama prayer gathering
Radio Free Asia, December 26, 2018

As China cracks down on churches, Christians declare, “We will not forfeit our faith”
The New York Times, December 25, 2018

圣诞在中国:多地再颁圣诞禁令 “洋节”争议显官方对宗教忧虑 (Christmas in China: Multiple provinces issue “Christmas ban,” full police surveillance on public spaces, schools encourage boycott against festival)
BBC News, December 25, 2018

Protestant “house churches” raided in China on Christmas Eve
Radio Free Asia, December 25, 2018

Hong Kong activists send more than 1,000 cards to political prisoners
Radio Free Asia, December 25, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

CPC meeting underlines core status of Xi
Sina English, December 27, 2018

China accuses France of siding with its allies after Paris call for Canadians’ release
South China Morning Post, December 25, 2018

Germany concerned “political motives” behind China’s detention of Canadians
Agence France-Presse, December 24, 2018

UN members thwart China’s bid to gut funds for Myanmar probe
Human Rights Watch, December 24, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Company says “smart uniforms” won’t track students
Sixth Tone, December 26, 2018

Huawei vows to push on with 5G development despite bans, Meng Wanzhou arrest
South China Morning Post, December 25, 2018

华为事件发酵:英国应急服务核心网移除华为设备 (British Telecom confirms removal of Huawei equipment from emergency services network)
BBC News, December 26, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Single mainland mothers with children born in city join Christmas Day march to ask for Hong Kong ID cards
South China Morning Post, December 25, 2018

Why Hong Kong rejected Taiwanese singer Freddy Lim’s visa application
South China Morning Post, December 24, 2018

Taiwan band Chthonic live streams to HK after visa rejection
Focus Taiwan, December 26, 2018

入境處拒林昶佐屬越權兼非法 (Visa denial for Chthonic Freddy Lim is ultra-vires and against the law), December 24, 2018

Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng under fire after rejecting calls to further explain CY Leung’s UGL payment case
South China Morning Post, December 26, 2018

鄭若驊說法違背律政司一貫政策 亦違反法治精神 (Teresa Cheng’s explanation is against Department of Justice common practice and spirit of the rule of law, says scholar)
The Stand News, December 27, 2018

Commentary (评论)

Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s secret trial
Jerome Cohen, December 27, 2018

Why the Jasic dispute matters: This year and in the years to come
China Labour Bulletin, December 24, 2018

My declaration: The faith of disobedience
China Change, December 24, 2018