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, January 18, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

“Reeducating” Xinjiang’s Muslims
New York Review of Books, February 7, 2019

Kyrgyz police disperse anti-Chinese rally
Reuters, January 17, 2019

海外维吾尔母亲视频认出失踪女儿 (Overseas Uyghur mother finds missing daughter in orphanage footage after husband was arrested for terrorism charges)
Radio Free Asia, January 17, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

周强出席全国高级法院院长会议讲话强调,坚持以习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想为指导 忠诚履行职责,坚持司法为民服务大局 (SPC President Zhou Qiang tells high court judges to “integrate full implementation of Party Central decisions with independent practice of judicial power”)
Supreme People’s Court, January 18, 2019

黄琦提审解聘律师 德国关注母子安危 (German human rights commissioner concerned for safety of Huang Qi and mother)
Deutsche Welle, January 17, 2019

Canada summons Chinese ambassador over interrogation of Michael Kovrig
South China Morning Post, January 17, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Scholar claims courier service SF Express refused to deliver his book related to Hong Kong Umbrella Movement
Hong Kong Free Press, January 18, 2019

Minitrue: No unapproved coverage of Huang Qi trial
China Digital Times, January 17, 2019

无国界记者呼吁释放中国公民记者 (Reporters Without Borders urges release of jailed reporters in China)
Voice of America, January 17, 2019

长袖上阵,文身禁令下的中国足球运动员
Short pants and long sleeves: China’s soccer team plays under tattoo ban
The New York Times, January 17, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese mark passing of late, ousted liberal premier amid tight security
Radio Free Asia, January 17, 2019

疫苗管理法草案遭炮轰 (Draft vaccine law slammed for ignoring affected parents’ concerns)
Radio Free Asia, January 17, 2019

Chinese police prevent Canadian woman from returning home on connecting flight through Beijing
The Star, January 16, 2019

Related:
在囚民運人士女兒北京轉機 與女嬰同被扣兩小時 屬加拿大公民 (Imprisoned dissident’s daughter, a Canadian national, was detained at Beijing airport on way home after being denied entry to visit her father)
The Stand News, January 17, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China: Xi doubles down on repression
Human Rights Watch, January 17, 2019

Related:
China: Events of 2018
Human Rights Watch, January 17, 2019

How a corrupt testing system left pollution unchecked in China
Caixin, January 17, 2019

Taipei decries “out of control” Beijing
Taipei Times, January 18, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

《南华早报》称纽约警局使用中国人脸识别监控技术 专家予以驳斥 (Experts refute SCMP report that NYPD uses Chinese facial recognition technology)
Voice of America, January 18, 2019

China’s envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions
Reuters, January 18, 2018

Related:
Oxford University suspends donor ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei as national security fears mount
South China Morning Post, January 17, 2019

Germany considers barring Huawei from 5G networks
Reuters, January 17, 2018

1000款常用APP测评:过半隐私政策透明度“低” (2018 Personal Information Protection Annual Report rates half of 1,000 most common apps “low” on transparency of privacy policies)
Legal Daily, January 17, 2019

Microsoft to launch its biggest AI, IoT lab in Shanghai
TechNode, January 17, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hongkongers don’t trust the government not to abuse its power when it comes to the rule of law, survey shows
South China Morning Post, January 17, 2019

Hong Kongers could be jailed for disrespecting China’s anthem
Economist, January 17, 2019

Beijing’s assault on Hong Kong freedoms worsened considerably in 2018, says NGO Human Rights Watch
Hong Kong Free Press, January 17, 2019

Related:
DQ、取締民族黨、一地兩檢 世界人權報告:北京打壓加劇 香港自由明顯惡化 (Global human rights report warns of worsening Hong Kong freedoms under increased pressure from Beijing, cites disqualifications, party ban, co-location)
The Stand News, January 17, 2019

【數碼轉型】阿里雲加入香港智慧城市聯盟 (China’s Alibaba Cloud to join Hong Kong’s smart city consortium)
Ming Pao, January 17, 2019

Hong Kong Watch 羅哲斯 再收香港寄出匿名信 「想用威嚇令我噤聲」(Anonymous letter of intimidation sent to U.K. neighbors of Hong Kong Watch founder Benedict Rogers)
The Stand News, January 17, 2019

Commentary (评论)

What's wrong with mainstream media's interpretation of Taiwan's referendum results?
Global Voices, January 18, 2019

Germany’s China problem
The New York Times, January 17, 2019

China is setting up a new model for world human rights
People’s Daily, January 17, 2019

China’s perilous Taiwan policy
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, January 17, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

新疆代表委员聚焦“访惠聚” (XUAR chief reports to local People’s Congress: In 2018, 1.12 million cadres embedded in 1.69 million households for “maintaining stability” topped all other political work
Legal Daily, January 16, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

黃琦當庭炒律師 審訊中斷 (According to reports, Huang Qi dismisses lawyer to protect lawyer’s safety, trial suspended)
Ming Pao, January 17, 2019

Related:
Trial suspended as Sichuan activist Huang Qi reportedly dismissed his lawyer
Human Rights in China, January 16, 2019

Canada asks China for clemency for convicted drug trafficker sentenced to death
Agence France-Presse, January 17, 2019

Related:
在中国被判死刑的加拿大男子将上诉
Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling will appeal
The New York Times, January 17, 2019

助村民反填海 廣東維權律師陳武權 尋釁滋事判監5年 (Rights lawyer Chen Wuquan sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for helping villagers oppose land-reclamation project)
The Stand News, January 16, 2019

数十家世界500强外企官网错误标识我国港澳台地区,专家建议依法处置错误标识中国领土行为 (CASS research cites 83 websites of Fortune 500 companies that ignore PRC “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and mislabel Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan; experts recommend punishment)
Legal Daily, January 16, 2019

习近平出席中央政法工作会议并发表重要讲话 (Xi Jinping at Central Political Legal Work Conference: “Uphold absolute Party leadership over political and legal work,” “turn advantages of our nation’s socialist system into effective social governance”
The Central People's Government, January 16, 2019

中国民营企业家:永远在通往监狱路上? (Are China’s private entrepreneurs always on their way to prison?)
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

U.S. universities shut down Confucius Institutes
China Digital Times, January 16, 2019

ByteDance can’t outrun Beijing’s shadow
Foreign Policy, January 16, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

1 in 3 Christians in Asia faces persecution: Report
Agence France-Presse, January 16, 2019

Related:
专家:迫害骤增,中国基督徒或被迫转向“朝鲜模式” (Expert: Heightened crackdown may force Chinese Christians into underground “North Korea model”)
Voice of America, January 17, 2019

China campaign targets gay conversion therapy
Agence France-Presse, January 16, 2019

Use of expired vaccine sparks public scare in China
Voice of America, January 16, 2019

Chinese dissidents in Taiwan airport limbo for over 100 days
Agence France-Presse, January 16, 2019

Police raid legal consultancy “club” founded by disbarred Chinese lawyers
Radio Free Asia, January 16, 2019

Chinese kindergarten teacher, fired for being gay, sues to get job back
SupChina, January 16, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

彭斯再出招:中國經常無視國際法 美不再視而不見 (Pence: U.S. will no longer “look the other way” at China’s disregard of international law)
Citizen News, January 17, 2019

Manila hands over fugitive to Beijing
The Standard, January 17, 2019

U.S. increasingly concerned about a Chinese attack on Taiwan
Foreign Policy, January 16, 2019

Related:
Taiwan prepares to hold large-scale military drills to deter China
Deutsche Welle, January 16, 2019

China anti-corruption hunt catches “tiger” official
Reuters, January 16, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Bills would ban sale of U.S. chips to Huawei, ZTE
Reuters, January 17, 2019

Related:
Huawei said to be under U.S. investigation in trade-secrets case
The New York Times, January 16, 2019

Beijing builds cybersecurity industrial park
Sina English, Jan 17, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

順豐再被投訴審查 拒港宗教團體寄十字架到澳門 (SF Express review process extends to religious items as Catholic volunteer’s package rejected for containing a cross)
The Stand News, January 17, 2019

Huawei gear not checked for spyware
The Standard, January 17, 2019

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps join forces in Legislative Council to call for government U-turn on elderly assistance age change
South China Morning Post, January 16, 2019

Related:
【長者綜援門檻提高】立會通過無約束力議案促擱置 羅致光問:現在還有沒有人說「人生七十古來稀」?(LegCo unites to pass non-binding motion to shelve proposals raising threshold for elderly benefits as gov’t insists policy is constitutional)
Ming Pao, January 17, 2019

港大民調:六成人認為不控梁振英決定偏頗 民主黨研提私人檢控 (HKU survey: 60% of respondents think decision not to prosecute CY Leung is biased)
The Stand News, January 16, 2019

Macau denies entry to ex-student leader of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement Yvonne Leung
Hong Kong Free Press, January 16, 2019

學聯及八大專院校學生會發聯合聲明 反對任何形式國歌法 (9 Hong Kong university student organizations issue joint statement to oppose any form of national anthem law)
The Stand News, January 16, 2019

【流感高峰】多間公院逼爆 護協周日政總集會 促政府增資源應對 (Nurses to rally on Sunday to protest dire working conditions, lack of resources during flu season)
HK01, January 16, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Huawei founder’s protests mean nothing: Independent Chinese companies simply don’t exist
The Conversation, January 17, 2019

China: Three journalists sentenced to prison terms
Reporters Without Borders, January 17, 2019

How the U.S. can step up in the South China Sea
Foreign Affairs, January 16, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China's Muslims fear crackdown in ancient city of Xi'an
The Guardian, January 15, 2019

Xinjiang authorities detain Uyghur aspiring professional footballer in “political re-education camp”
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

The Schellenberg affair: Chinese lawyers and law professors opposing court’s handling of Robert Schellenberg’s case
ChinaChange, January 16, 2019

Related:
莫少平律师: 谢伦伯格案程序不当 当庭宣判死刑前所未见 (Interview with Lawyer Mo Shaoping on Schellenberg trial)
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2019

China’s death sentence for Canadian prompts protest, warnings
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2019

Five years after his arrest, the lessons China’s Ilham Tohti tried to teach are left unheeded
Hong Kong Free press, January 15, 2019

Related:
In full: 5 years on, 132 scholars & 18 civil society groups urge China to release Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti
Hong Kong Free Press, January 15, 2019

人权组织批中国秘密庭审网络异议人士黄琦 促无条件释放 (Rights group slams secret trial of Huang Qi, demands unconditional release)
Voice of America, January 15, 2019

Related:
China: Release Huang Qi, respect right to fair trial
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, January 14, 2019

律师维权惩戒需多主体多维度推进:会见难仍是现实难点,惩戒存明显地域差异 (Difficulty in meeting with clients tops list of challenges to rights of lawyers to practice in 2018, with volumes of complaints and decisions rising for the 5th year)
Legal Daily, Jan 15, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

黨盯著你?這個實驗室,探索著「中國模式」網路的虛與實 (Is the party spying on you? Citizen Lab studies the “China Model” of the Internet)
The Initium, January 15, 2019

Minitrue: Control calls to action on vaccine scandal
China Digital Times, January 15, 2019

And then they came for man earrings
SupChina, January 15, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

#MeToo: Send letters to your legislators, Chinese activists urge
China Labour Bulletin, January 16, 2019

Rights groups demand release of Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti on fifth anniversary of arrest
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2019

France, Germany give rights prize to detained Chinese lawyer
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2019

被吊證維權律師組成「律師後俱樂部」 警察登門通知取締 (Police bans civil society group formed by rights lawyers disbarred for their rights defense work)
The Stand News, January 15, 2019

贵州人权研讨会照片发微信 廖双元遭国保打伤右眼 (WeChat photo of Guizhou human rights conference guides police to assault activist)
Radio Free Asia, January 15, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

涉嫌6次抵制习近平批示再加疑涉「千亿矿权案」 陕西前书记赵正永落马 (Former Shaanxi party secretary Zhao Zhengyong under investigation, involved in SPC missing papers case)
Radio France Internationale, January 15, 2019

Why Trump’s America is rethinking engagement with China
Financial Times, January 15, 2019

Analysis: China pulling out all stops in Canada tensions
Associated Press, January 14, 2019

Related:
China condemns Trudeau’s remarks about Canadian’s death sentence
Reuters, January 15, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Reclusive Huawei founder: We don’t spy for China
Financial Times, January 15, 2019

Related:
任正非打破沉默 强调华为不会向中国政府泄漏顾客机密信息 (Huawei founder breaks silence on growing ban, claims company will not supply info of foreign clients to CPC government)
Voice of America, January 15, 2019

河南公众安全感政法机关执法满意度持续攀升 (Using “full coverage” video surveillance system, Henan police arrested 7,203 criminal suspects and solved 19,200 cases in 2018)
Legal Daily, Jan 14, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

鄭若驊:外判法律意見非慣常做法 避「偏袒觀感」不適用此案 (Teresa Cheng at LegCo: Seeking independent counsel is not the norm and there is no “perception of bias” in UGL case)
Ming Pao, January 16, 2019

【國歌法】張達明:草案引入內地法律意識形態 印證「一國兩制」走樣 (Legal scholar: National anthem bill introduces mainland legal ideology, is proof of perversion of “One Country, Two Systems”)
The Stand News, January 16, 2019

Related:
It is “very difficult” to state what counts as an insult to the national anthem, says Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, January 15, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam blames CY Leung’s administration for controversial elderly welfare cutback
South China Morning Post, January 15, 2019

Related:
I will try to be “more diplomatic,” says Hong Kong Chief Exec after elderly financial support row
Hong Kong Free Press, January 16, 2019

Commentary (评论)

How the left should respond to ethnic cleansing in China
The Nation, January 16, 2019

While procedural concerns are common in China, Schellenberg's death sentence is clearly political
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 15, 2019

Thanks but no thanks! – Hong Kong’s autonomy was meant to entice Taiwan… now it’s a warning
Hong Kong Free Press, January 15, 2019

Hong Kong government plays Robin Hood – but in reverse
South China Morning Post, January 15, 2019

The patriarchy strikes back in China
Foreign Policy, January 15, 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative is a corruption bonanza
Foreign Policy, January 15, 2019

China must revoke death sentence against Canadian citizen for drug crimes
Amnesty International, January 15, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

“China is after us”: Uyghurs in Pakistan report intimidation
Al Jazeera, January 14, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

最高法法官王林清下落不明 崔永元称可与其一起死 (Supreme People’s Court judge who revealed missing papers case has disappeared)
Radio France Internationale, January 15, 2019

封锁消息 四川法院秘审黄琦
Ailing activist Huang Qi tried in secret in China’s Sichuan
Radio Free Asia, January 14, 2019

Related:
China blocks Western diplomats from trial of “cyber-dissident”
Reuters, January 14, 2019

China: Release Huang Qi, respect right to fair trial
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, January 14, 2019

加拿大公民因走私毒品在华被判死刑
China sentences a Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, to death
The New York Times, January 14, 2019

Related:
Jailed Canadian shifts blame to international gang
RTHK, January 14, 2019

China jails activist over “down with the Communist Party!” toilet graffiti
Radio Free Asia, January 14, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

「危害國安」 《八九民運史》作者禁出境 (Author of “History of 1989 Democracy Movement”under travel ban over claims of endangering national security)
Ming Pao, January 15, 2019

【順豐審查】周保松:讀者欲從港寄《在乎》等書到韓國 順豐指「內容敏感」拒寄 (Courier SF Express refuses to deliver Hong Kong scholar’s book to Korea)
The Stand News, January 15, 2019

Related:
《蘋果》試台灣順豐寄書到港被拒 台學者:再一次證明香港一國兩制已真正死去 (Courier SF Express refuses a second time to deliver books from Taiwan to Hong Kong, says:: “No books allowed right now, especially ones about China”)
The Stand News, January 14, 2019

使用微信 四川数名藏人被捕 (Tibetans arrested in Sichuan for sending sensitive messages over WeChat)
Radio Free Asia, January 14, 2019

Chinese version of NZ Herald edited translated stories to be more China-friendly
Stuff, January 14, 2019

Why 1984 isn't banned in China
The Atlantic, January 13, 2019

A censor for every 1,000 videos please
China Media Project, January 13, 2019

China extends United Front Work to teachers in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
Radio Free Asia, January 11, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Students and teachers feel pressure to abandon faith
Bitter Winter, January 15, 2019

Religious symbols removed from homes in Henan
Bitter Winter, January 15, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Canada revises travel advice for China in wake of citizen’s death sentence
The Guardian, January 15, 2019

Related:
中國改判加人死刑 杜魯多斥任意判刑 加拿大警告國民遊中國「高度謹慎」(Trudeau warns citizens visiting China of arbitrary enforcement of laws over death sentence)
The Stand news, January 15, 2019

江苏百余儿童接种过期疫苗,引发家长强烈抗议
China investigates latest vaccine scandal after violent protests
The New York Times, January 14, 2019

Related:
被質疑改數據 金湖縣長:專家將鑑定 (Data tampering is suspected in Jiangsu vaccine scandal)
Ming Pao, January 13, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China intelligence law a “known concern” in Huawei 5G ban - GCSB Minister Andrew Little
Radio NZ, January 14, 2019

Swedish defence agency warns satellite station could be serving Chinese military
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2019

Poland could limit use of Huawei products after worker arrested
Reuters, January 13, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

In full: Stop “totally baseless” attacks against judiciary, say Hong Kong’s top legal figures
Hong Kong Free Press, January 15, 2019

Hong Kong soccer fans risk paying penalty on Chinese national anthem law
South China Morning Post, January 15, 2019

【收緊長者綜援】59 歲男子申法援司法覆核 轟政府「找長者開刀」 (59-year-old Hong Kong citizen applies for legal aid to challenge gov’t decision to raise threshold for elderly welfare payments)
The Stand News, January 14, 2019

Related:
Hong Kong lawmakers united against government’s “heartless” decision to raise age threshold for elderly welfare payments
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2019

Leader of outlawed Hong Kong National Party refuses to answer panel’s questions after it refused to switch date of meeting so his lawyers could be present
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Will Hong Kong investigate claims of China spying on the city’s international journalists?
Hong Kong Free Press, January 15, 2019

A national anthem debate led America to reaffirm freedom of speech. Hong Kong should take note
South China Morning Post, January 15, 2019

China executes thousands of people every year. But the exact number is a state secret
Washington Post, January 14, 2019

Human Rights Council membership has its consequences
Human Rights Watch, January 14, 2019

China’s death-threat diplomacy
China Collection, January 14, 2019

We can’t keep ignoring human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims
Independent, January 14, 2019

China has detained an old man and tormented his daughter. Trump thinks this is “honorable”?
Washington Post, January 13, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Pakistan abruptly stopped calling out China’s mass oppression of Muslims. Critics say Beijing bought its silence
News Times, January 13, 2019

“If you enter a camp, you never come out”: Inside China’s war on Islam
The Guardian, January 11, 2019

China intensifies lobbying to thwart criticism of Muslim detentions
Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Canadian risks harsher sentence, including death penalty, at China drug retrial
Agence France-Presse, January 14, 2019

Who is Huang Qi?
China Change, January 13, 2019

“Arbitrary, unfair”: Justin Trudeau says China ignored “diplomatic immunity” in detaining Canadian
Agence France-Presse, January 12, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

【順豐涉審查】於台北寄書回港被拒 梁文道憂「一國兩制」推行至台灣 (SF Express shipping service blocks 3 books sent by Hong Konger from Taiwan to Hong Kong)
The Stand News, January 13, 2019

Related:
涂謹申促台灣及特區政府澄清是否有出入境禁書名單 (Legislator urges gov’t clarification on whether book import ban list exists)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 13, 2019

拒絕自行修訂 稱盡學者本分 星學者著作涉六四 三聯叫停 (Scholar switches to Taiwan publisher after mainland-owned Joint Publishing in Hong Kong asks her to “voluntarily” remove references to June Fourth, Cultural Revolution from book)
Ming Pao, January 12, 2019

Related:
Hong Kong scholar cancels book after censorship tussle with China-owned publisher
Hong Kong Free Press, January 11, 2019

中国加强意识形态的控制 再推“洗脑”课程 (China intensifies ideological control, makes political “brainwashing” classes mandatory at universities)
Radio Free Asia, January 11, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

In China, they’re closing churches, jailing pastors – and even rewriting scripture
The Guardian, January 13, 2019

Chinese parents clash with police as they demand answers over children’s vaccine scandal
South China Morning Post, January 11, 2019

Related:
Chinese police begin new probe into expired vaccines
Reuters, January 14, 2019

江苏疫苗丑闻闹大 书记挨打 武警镇压 (Jiangsu vaccine scandal escalates as police crackdown on protesters)
Radio France Internationale, January 13, 2019

Chinese officials probe Mongolian-language high school after flag outrage
Radio Free Asia, January 11, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China promises graft crackdown in education, health
Reuters, January 14, 2019

Related:
Elite prisoners in China’s “tigers’ cage” Qincheng grow vegetables and wear suits
South China Morning Post, January 13, 2019

Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spying charges
The New York Times, January 12, 2019

China pledges easier access to Tibet for foreign tourists after U.S. pressure
Reuters, January 11, 2019

Related:
Beijing’s foreign tourism push in Tibet seen as economic, not response to political pressure
South China Morning Post, January 11, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

波蘭籲歐盟、北約討論 是否將華為逐出市場 (Poland urges EU and NATO to discuss whether to expel Huawei from market)
The Stand News, January 13, 2019

The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city
South China Morning Post, January 11, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Leader of banned pro-independence party presents appeal to Hong Kong gov’t
Hong Kong Free Press, January 14, 2019

Related:
【封殺港獨】保安局禁民族黨運作 陳浩天親自出席上訴聆訊 (Andy Chan attends appeal hearing over party ban without legal representatives as Executive Council denies rescheduling requests from lawyer)
Apple Daily, January 14, 2019

Commentary (评论)

權傾天下從當選村長開始?解構香港村代表選舉 (Unlimited power once you’re elected village chief? Deconstructing Hong Kong village representative elections)
The Initium, January 14, 2019

Hongkongers, stand up for a sensible debate on the national anthem law
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2019

有關香港法治:英國須知習總掌權下的中國有甚麼特質 For Hong Kong, the UK needs to understand the nature of Xi’s China
The Stand News, January 13, 2019

「佔中九子案」的控罪:如何假普通法行不義 (Charges against Occupy Nine: Doing injustice through common law)
The Stand News, January 12, 2019

China’s hostage diplomacy
Lawfare Blog, January 11, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

U.S. apparel firm cuts off Chinese factory in internment camp
Associated Press, January 11, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Administrative penalties against lawyers: Another strike against professional autonomy and religious freedom
Dui Hua Human Rights Journal, January 10, 2019

探父遭拒 王炳章之女抵华被驱逐 (Jailed activist’s daughter barred from entering country to visit father for first time in 10 years)
Radio Free Asia, January 10, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China imposes blockchain rules to enable “orderly development”
Reuters, January 11, 2019

Related:
国家网信办发布《区块链信息服务管理规定》(Cyberspace Administration of China announces new blockchain restrictions to target illegal online activities)
The Paper, January 10, 2019

中国VPN用户两人被罚 如何“翻墙”算违法 (When is going over the Great Firewall illegal?)
BBC News, January 10, 2019

Twitter users in China face detention and threats in new Beijing crackdown
The New York Times, January 10, 2019

Chinese censors really don’t want you to watch these sex ed videos
Foreign Policy, January 10, 2019

Closing Confucius Institutes
Inside Higher Ed, January 9, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China’s #MeToo activists have transformed a generation
Foreign Policy, January 10, 2019

Women’s rights NGO forced to close for being a “suspected illegal social organization”
SupChina, January 10, 2019

Wives of detained Chinese lawyers meet with foreign diplomats
Radio Free Asia, January 10, 2019

2018中国劳动关系概况回顾
The state of labour relations in China, 2018
China Labour Bulletin, January 10, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

教育部:港人可申內地教師資格 須擁護共產黨領導 貫徹黨教育方針 (Ministry of Education: Hong Kongers may apply to be mainland teachers, must uphold CPC leadership and implement party’s education guidelines)
The Stand News, January 11, 2019

3 health officials fired over use of expired polio vaccines
China News Service, January 10, 2019

Canadian MP signals support for Taiwan after China’s recent threat
Focus Taiwan, January 10, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

广东警方推出互联网智能报警平台 (Guangzhou police department launches “smart emergency reporting” platform, supports photos and live videos)
People’s Daily, January 11, 2019

China’s digital silk road is looking more like an iron curtain
Bloomberg, January 10, 2019

U.S. blocks some exports from Huawei’s Silicon Valley unit
Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Legco closes down inquiry into misconduct allegations against CY Leung, for want of first-hand information
South China Morning Post, January 11, 2019

3社工組織促擱置收緊長者綜援申領資格 邵家臻張超雄發動網上聯署 (Social work organizations urge gov’t to shelve tightened age-restriction on elderly benefits, legislators launch online petitions)
Ming Pao, January 10, 2019

Related:
提高長者領取綜援年齡無合理基礎 違反《基本法》社會福利權 (Gov’t decision to raise age-cap for elderly benefit lacks reasonable foundation and is against the Basic Law)
Inmediahk.net, January 11, 2019

Hong Kong moves to criminalize disrespect of China’s national anthem
Wall Street Journal, January 9, 2019

Related:
Hong Kong’s new anthem law: What you can and cannot do
South China Morning Post, January 11, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Clear words give Tsai fighting chance
Taipei Times, January 11, 2019

China’s arrest of Kovrig, Spavor sends chill through us academics
South China Morning Post, January 10, 2019

Hong Kong government wrong to cut elderly welfare
South China Morning Post, January 10, 2019

Video: “One Country, Two Systems” was “brilliant” before Xi Jinping, says ex-Hong Kong governor Chris Patten
Hong Kong Free Press, January 9, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China’s detention of Muslims in re-education camps “country's worst human rights abuse since Mao era,” MPs told
Independent, January 10, 2019

China allowing 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to leave Xinjiang region
Associated Press, January 9, 2019

Xinjiang offers classes to Muslim clerics to guide them to resist extremism, foster national unity
Global Times, January 9, 2019

Hong Kong counterterrorism officers on Xinjiang trip saw no human rights violations, security chief John Lee tells lawmakers
South China Morning Post, January 9, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China blocks entry to Canadian woman who wanted to visit her father, a jailed political dissident
Globe and Mail, January 9, 2019

Man formerly detained in China recalls appalling experience
The Star, January 7, 2019

709王全璋律师妻子会见六国人权官员促关注案件 (Li Wenzu meets with diplomats from 6 countries, urging pressure on China regarding Wang Quanzhang’s case)
Voice of America, January 9, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

100 rules for short-video apps
SupChina, January 9, 2019

Related:
网络短视频内容审核标准细则 (Online short video content review standards)
China Netcasting Services Association, January 9, 2019

Are Douyin and Tiktok the same?
What’s On Weibo, January 9, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Over 80% reject “two systems,” poll finds
Taipei Times, January 10, 2019

Related:
“Taiwan independence” separatists to be classified war criminals: PLA general
Global Times, January 9, 2019

Xi Jinping’s Taiwan unity call triggers backlash from indigenous communities and academics
South China Morning Post, January 9, 2019

The state of labour relations in China, 2018
China Labour Bulletin, January 9, 2019

“Deers” Vs. “Horses”: Old and new Marxist groups wage ideological battle at Peking University
SupChina, January 9, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chris Patten calls for respect for Taiwan following Chinese threats
The National, January 9, 2019

China’s secret children step out of the shadows
Bloomberg, January 9, 2019

Over 100 babies and toddlers given expired polio vaccines in China, months after last crisis
South China Morning Post, January 9, 2019

Chinese leaders take “unprecedented” steps to clean up mystery of vanished supreme court documents
South China Morning Post, January 9, 2019

Don’t use WhatsApp or WeChat when you’re in China, University of California, Davis tells students
South China Morning Post, January 9, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Why China’s military wants to beat the U.S. to a next-gen cell network
Defense One, January 8, 2019

Norway considering whether to exclude Huawei from building 5G network
Channel NewsAsia, January 9, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Enforced patriotism tests Hong Kong opposition
Voice of America, January 9, 2019

Related:
國歌法殺到埋身:國歌法立法草案魔鬼細節 (National anthem bill: The devil is in the details)
Inmediahk.net, January 10, 2019

民陣譴責政府未就《國歌法》立法進行全面諮詢 (Civil Human Rights Front criticizes lack of full consultation for national anthem bill)
Inmediahk.net, January 10, 2019

聲明:讓國家尊重人民,而非相反 —— 香港眾志要求終止《國歌法》立法程序 (Demosisto urges scrapping national anthem bill: Let the nation respect the people, not the other way around)
Inmediahk.net, January 10, 2019

Hong Kong international schools to be forced to sing China anthem
Financial Times, January 9, 2019

香港与马来西亚1MDB案:会敲响新闻自由的警钟吗?(Will accusations of China’s interference with Malaysia’s 1MDB case sound the alarm for press freedom in Hong Kong?)
BBC News, January 9, 2019

民主派周五集會 續追究梁振英鄭若驊 (Democrats to rally on Friday to press for prosecution of C.Y. Leung, Teresa Cheng)
Inmediahk.net, January 9, 2019

Commentary (评论)

同根社:勿讓假資訊堆砌的恐懼和分化,再次為政府轉移視線 (NGO on LegCo motion regarding Hong Kong’s one-way immigration permit: Don’t allow gov’t and fake news to stoke fear and polarize)
The Stand News, January 9, 2019

區諾軒:香港應該如何重組民主碎片?(Hong Kong legislator Au Nok-hin: How can Hong Kong piece together the fragments of its democracy?)
The Initium, January 9, 2019

China spies on international media in Hong Kong: Will Hong Kong authorities investigate?
Human Rights Watch, January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China says envoys of 12 nations visited Xinjiang
Taipei Times, January 9, 2019

Related:
China must allow unfettered access to all political indoctrination camps in East Turkistan
World Uyghur Congress, January 7, 2019

Where did the one million figure for detentions in Xinjiang’s camps come from?
ChinaFile, January 8, 2019

Uyghur woman details life inside Chinese “re-education camp” in Xinjiang
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, January 8, 2019

Toddler son of Uyghur political “re-education camp” detainees drowns in frozen ditch
Radio Free Asia, January 8, 2019

What does China want to achieve by “modifying” Islam?
Deutsche Welle, January 8, 2019

Communities inspect Arabic slogans to curb pan-Islam drive
Global Times, January 8, 2019

Organ harvesting tribunal finds overwhelmingly against China
Bitter Winter, January 8, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Canadian diplomats in China meet detained citizen, Michael Spavor
Reuters, January 9, 2019

China jails 3 activists for video “mocking” president Xi Jinping
Radio Free Asia, January 8, 2019

Solidarity with persecuted leads to persecution
Bitter Winter, January 6, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

WeChat exposes
China Media Project, January 5, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

原轉會各民族代表:台灣原住民族致中國習近平主席 (Taiwan indigenous representatives issue open letter to Xi Jinping)
Apple Daily, January 8, 2019

Women doctors across Taiwan express support for President Tsai
Focus Taiwan, January 8, 2019

北大、人大打压左派 因为马克思提倡暴力? (Why did Peking University and Renmin University crack down on Marxist students?)
Radio Free Asia, January 8, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Investigation team established for missing files in contract dispute case
Xinhua, January 9, 2019

Schools as a stomping ground for indoctrination
Bitter Winter, January 8, 2019

Malaysia “won’t say yes or no” to reports China offered to bail out 1MDB and spy on journalists in return for infrastructure deals
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2019

Related:
Malaysia to scrutinise China contracts after report of inflated deals struck to cover 1MDB debt
Channel NewsAsia, January 8, 2019

Africa: Why Djibouti’s China debt is raising the alarm
Euromoney, January 7, 2019

Swedish activist made to “confess” on Chinese state TV urges UK broadcast regulator to ban channel
Hong Kong Free Press, January 8, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Former U.S. senator Joe Lieberman’s work for China’s ZTE makes him a foreign agent, complaint says
Bloomberg, January 9, 2019

LinkedIn censored the profile of another critic of the Chinese government
BuzzFeed, January 8, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Executive Council’s move to table national anthem bill stirs controversy
South China Morning Post, January 9, 2019

Related:
港府将提交立法会审议国歌法草案 民主派忧侵害言论自由 (Gov’t to submit national anthem bill to LegCo, democrats express concerns over freedom of speech)
Voice of America, January 8, 2019

嚴刑峻法國歌法 剝奪市民不表態權利 (Harsh national anthem bill requires all to make political statement, one way or another)
Inmediahk.net, January 9, 2019

中国帮助马来西亚监控驻香港外国记者
China “offered to spy” on Hong Kong-based journalists with the Wall Street Journal
Radio Free Asia, January 8, 2019

Related:
Gov’t should explain if Chinese agents were spying on foreign journalists in Hong Kong, says lawmaker
Hong Kong Free Press, January 9, 2019

Chief Exec. Carrie Lam says Hong Kong gov’t can do better with press arrangements, following controversies
Hong Kong Free Press, January 8, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Open letter to democratic Taiwan
Taipei Times, January 9, 2019

武统台湾:习近平未来的目标? (Is use of military force on Taiwan on Xi Jinping’s agenda?)
The New York Times, January 8, 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China says UN officials can visit Xinjiang as long as they “avoid interfering in domestic matters”
South China Morning Post, January 7, 2019

Related:
China’s Xinjiang tour should have fooled no one
Human Rights Watch, January 7, 2019

邀请外交官视察新疆 政治宣导或客观报导? (Inviting foreign diplomats to Xinjiang: Political propaganda or objective reporting?)
Deutsche Welle, January 8, 2019

China plans to “sinicize” Islam as Muslims warn of eradication campaign
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2019

Xinjiang: Beijing’s chilling attempt to erase and replace Uyghur identity
Christian Science Monitor, January 7, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

In China, rights lawyer likely to be disbarred for defending client
Voice of America, January 7, 2019

Canadian men detained in China unaware of what charges they may face
The Guardian, January 7, 2019

挑战最高法院 崔永元称受死亡恐吓 (CCTV host Cui Yongyuan faces death threats for revealing controversy in Supreme People’s Court stolen-papers case)
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2019

官方新招打压维权人士 挟持社交网帐号发文构陷 (New tactics against activists: Twitter accounts hacked, illegal posts planted to bring charges)
Radio Free Asia, January 6, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China turns up heat on individual users of foreign websites
Financial Times, January 7, 2019

Related:
Guangdong man fined $150 for using a VPN
Sixth Tone, January 7, 2019

网络严控:中国网民翻墙受罚 (Chinese citizens punished for going over Great Firewall, posts on foreign websites used as evidence)
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Translation: Chan Kin-man’s farewell lecture
China Digital Times, January 6, 2019

北大教授郑也夫促中共体面退场且批评读书人逆来顺受令人刮目 (Peking University professor urges CPC to step down from history’s stage)
Radio France Internationale, January 8, 2019

北大左翼毛派学生长沙被抓后遭退学 (Peking University student activist arrested, disappeared, then expelled from school after attending Mao memorial event)
Voice of America, January 8, 2019

How the state is co-opting religion in China
China Digital Times, January 7, 2019

湖南塵肺工人重返深圳  以繩宣示討回公道的決心 (Hunan workers with pneumoconiosis seek justice in Shenzhen after negotiated settlement is overturned by court )
Red Balloon Solidarity, January 7, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

疫苗立法拟重奖内部举报人 制售假疫苗最高可处货值金额30倍罚款 (Draft vaccine safety law proposes reward for whistleblowers, contains no express prohibition on infant testing)
People’s Daily, January 8, 2019

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump discuss China’s “unlawful” detention of two Canadians, agree to seek their release
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2019

Related:
“Nothing held back” as Canadian delegation raises detainee issue in China
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 6, 2019

WSJ Investigation: China Offered to Bail Out Troubled Malaysian Fund in Return for Deals
Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2019

Sri Lanka questions reliance on China
Euromoney, January 7, 2019

Ex-Beijing vice mayor under investigation for corruption
Caixin, January 7, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Amid intensified scrutiny, Baidu removes 50 billion pieces of “harmful” content
TechNode, January 7, 2019

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

Chinese tech investors flee Silicon Valley as Trump tightens scrutiny
Reuters, January 7, 2019

U.S. officials warn health researchers: China may be trying to steal your data
The New York Times, January 6, 2019

Related:
As China and U.S. spar over tech, scientists would rather not talk about their talent awards
South China Morning Post, January 6, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong should set new guidelines for Justice Sec. following controversy, says Bar Assoc. head
Hong Kong Free Press, January 8, 2019

Woman who claims sexual assault in leased section of Hong Kong high-speed rail station told it is a matter for mainland Chinese police
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2019

Related:
China did not have to notify Hong Kong about Express Rail Terminal arrest, says Chief Sec.
Hong Kong Free Press, January 7, 2019

忧言论自由 新闻团体将会港府官员 (Hong Kong press organizations to meet with government on freedom of expression concerns)
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2019

政府提高長者綜援年齡資格 建制、民主派議員同批剝削長者 (Government faces criticisms from all sides over raising age requirement for elderly benefits to 65 years)
The Stand News, January 7, 2019

Commentary (评论)

「一國兩制」作為「政治謊言」、「政治幻想」與「政治笑話」(One Country, Two Systems as “political lies,” “political fantasy,” and a “political joke”)
Inmediahk.net, January 8, 2019

Xi Jinping disconnected from reality
Taipei Times, January 8, 2019

“Dozens of my in-laws vanished.” The other 9/11 of Rushan Abbas
Bitter Winter, January 8, 2019

China is shooting itself in the foot over Huawei
Foreign Policy, January 7, 2019

Bid farewell to Reform and Opening Up –– On China’s perilous situation and its future options
China Change, January 7, 2019

How the state is co-opting religion in China
Foreign Affairs, January 7, 2019

Monday, January 07, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

《透視大中華》:羈押新疆再教育營 事主談及被虐經歷 (Audio: Interviews with survivors of Xinjiang camps reveal torture, abuse)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 7, 2019

China passes law to make Islam “compatible with socialism”
Al Jazeera, January 6, 2019

Related:
北京通过汉化伊斯兰教5年计划 (Beijing passes 5-year plan to ‘sinify’ Islam)
Radio France Internationale, January 7, 2019

外媒参访再教育营 学员“欢欣鼓舞”接待 (China hosts foreign press on official visit to Xinjiang camps, students give “warm welcome”)
Deutsche Welle, January 7, 2019

Related:
China says pace of Xinjiang “education” will slow, but defends camps
Reuters, January 6, 2019

China offers UN experts to visit Xinjiang vocational centers
The News Pakistan, January 6, 2019

宗教打压扩散云南 三间清真寺遭查封 (Religious crackdown spreads to Yunnan, local Muslims clash with police as government attempts to seize 3 mosques)
Deutsche Welle, January 6, 2019

中共打击维吾尔知识分子,多名学者被拘
China targets prominent Uyghur intellectuals to erase an ethnic identity
The New York Times, January 5, 2019

China sentences ethnic Kazakh artist to “re-education” camp
Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

刘忠林案:蒙冤关押25年 获中国国家赔偿460万 (Liu Zhonglin found innocent after serving 25 years in prison, receives RMB 4.6 million in state compensation
BBC News, January 7, 2019

「辯護詞危害國安」 廣州律師遭釘牌 兩案同提「獨裁者末日恐慌、鷹犬借司法政治打壓」(Guangzhou lawyer Liu Zhengqing’s license revoked, authorities claim his court submissions made in course of representing two clients “endanger national security”)
Ming Pao, January 6, 2019

China “will protect the rights” of Canadians held since arrest of Huawei CFO, justice official says
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

专访:在数字极权时代,希望硅谷坚持原则 (Interview with Zhou Fengsuo after LinkedIn censorship: In the age of digital authoritarianism, Silicon Valley must stand firm on principles)
Deutsche Welle, January 6, 2019

Diplomacy with Chinese characteristics? Cases of self-censorship in Denmark
Hong Kong Free Press, January 5, 2019

Ahead of Tiananmen incident anniversary, China launches a new round of Internet crackdown
The Diplomat, January 4, 2019

Former NYT editor claims publisher drafted letter “all but apologizing” to China for tough story
Fast Company, January 3, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Inside China’s unofficial churches faith defies persecution
South China Morning Post, January 6, 2019

北大马学会内讧白热化 (Peking University Marxist society infighting intensifies as group is “reorganized” with new members sent to condemn activists)
Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

U.S. ups the ante in China rivalry with Asia Reassurance Initiative Act
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: Be ready for battle
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2019

Taiwan’s president, defying Xi Jinping, calls unification offer “impossible”
The New York Times, January 5, 2019

Related:
Democratic allies should rally to protect Taiwan from China, says Pres. Tsai Ing-wen
Agence France-Presse, January 5, 2019

Beijing “will keep military pressure on Taiwan” after Xi Jinping’s call for unification
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2019

Two voters showed up to a county election in China. So officials decided to cast the ballots themselves
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

被指令未成年人染愛滋 中國最大同志交友程式暫停用戶註冊 (Accused of spreading HIV/AIDS among minors, China’s largest gay dating app Blued suspends user registration, blocks accounts)
The Stand News, January 7, 2019

China could “weaponise cities” if it controlled 5G networks, retired U.S. general says
Bloomberg, January 5, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong immigration chief shoots down “conspiracy” claims over visitor rejections, insisting that officers follow law and policy
South China Morning Post, January 6, 2019

No-shows and early exits – Hong Kong rural chiefs who just can’t find time to attend district council meetings
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2019

Declassified files reveal disagreement between Chris Patten and British government over how to deal with China before Hong Kong handover in 1997
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2019

港人西九站遭押返深圳 張建宗:不涉刑事通報 涂謹申倡訂民事案通報準則 (Arrest of Hong Konger by Shenzhen court officers not part of reporting mechanism, says chief secretary Matthew Cheung)
Ming Pao, January 6, 2019

Related:
Man barred from entering Hong Kong at West Kowloon high-speed rail station
Hong Kong Free Press, January 4, 2019

Husband of under-fire justice secretary Teresa Cheng to be prosecuted in connection with pool he allegedly built without permission
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2019

Hong Kong Justice Sec. Teresa Cheng to appear at legislature to explain “prosecution policy” amid CY row
Hong Kong Free Press, January 4, 2019