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.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Xinjiang (新疆)

Dozens of Bitter Winter reporters arrested
Bitter Winter, December 27, 2018

New details of secret transfer of Uyghurs
Bitter Winter, December 27, 2018

Muslims forced out of jobs, in Xinjiang and beyond
Bitter Winter, December 26, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

李文足今遞函高院 促查王全璋辦案期限 (Li Wenzu submits letter to court, demands correction of gross delay in handling Wang Quanzhang’s case)
Ming Pao, December 28, 2018

李文足請願遇混亂 有在場人士阻記者採訪 (Security attempts to block Li Wenzu from submitting letter to court, journalists also obstructed)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 28, 2018

China jails Nanjing blogger for subversion over retweets, slogan
Radio Free Asia, December 27, 2018

Canadian could face death penalty in China over drug smuggling charges
Agence France-Presse, December 27, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

Minitrue: No reporting on Mao commemorative events
China Digital Times, December 27, 2018

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Taiwan: Thousands of “yellow vest” protesters call for tax reform
Al Jazeera, December 27, 2018

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Top Chinese officials forced to carry out self-criticisms as Xi Jinping enforces party loyalty
Agence France-Presse, December 28, 2018

One of China’s former top spy chiefs gets life sentence for taking US$15.8 million in bribes, insider trading
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2018

Chinese official tied to billionaire fugitive is sentenced to life in prison
The New York Times, December 28, 2018

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China's answer to U.S. GPS extends coverage beyond Asia Pacific
Bloomberg, December 27, 2018

Chinese home sharing site Xiaozhu to roll out facial recognition-enabled smart locks in Chengdu pilot scheme
South China Morning Post, December 26, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

立法會公聽會:抗議保安局收緊難民審批程序 (Socialist Action protests at LegCo against security bureau’s tightening of refugee screening process), December 28, 2018

Elderly homeless man jailed for blocking Umbrella Movement camp clearance free to go after winning sentence appeal
Hong Kong Free Press, December 27, 2018

Biggest pro-Beijing party in Hong Kong calls again for curbs on mainland Chinese tourists to city
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2018

平機會黑箱選主席 社協批不符國際原則 (NGO criticizes appointment of Equal Opportunities Commission chief, calls process “black box operation” for govt appointment of selection committee members), December 27, 2018

Commentary (评论)

A great shift unseen over the last 40 years
China Change, December 28, 2018

China doesn’t have to keep playing the victim
Foreign Policy, December 27, 2018

Grinch China: Three decades of China’s problem with Christianity
The Diplomat, December 27, 2018

China’s bumbling police state: The only thing protecting human rights from the bureaucracy? Inefficiency.
Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2018