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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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