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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uyghur refugee tells of death and fear inside China’s Xinjiang camps
CNN, January 21, 2019

Hundreds of “freed” Kazakhs under house arrest in Xinjiang
Financial Times, January 20, 2019

Detainees are trickling out of Xinjiang’s camps
Foreign Policy, January 18, 2019

美国会参众两院重提维吾尔人权议案 (U.S. House and Senate table concurrent proposals for human rights policy act on XUAR)
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2019

U.S. lawmakers reintroduce legislation to sanction China over abuse of Uyghurs in XUAR
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

State security police in China’s Sichuan “framed” ailing activist
Radio Free Asia, January 21, 2019

中央政法委负责人就《中国共产党政法工作条例》答记者问 (CPC issues regulations to “intensify” Party “leadership” in political and legal work)
Xinhua, January 18, 2019

中共中央印发《中国共产党政法工作条例》(Full Text: CPC Political and Legal Work Regulations)
Xinhua, January 18, 2019

新公务员法亮点解读 (China revises Civil Servant Law to include language of upholding Party leadership)
Legal Daily, January 18, 2019

Court in China’s Guangdong jails human rights lawyer for 5 years
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

被指做假新闻 两港媒传遭禁赴台采访三年 (Taiwan bans journalists from 2 mainland-controlled Hong Kong media outlets for 3 years for reporting fake news)
Radio France Internationale, January 20, 2019

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs to skirt online censorship
Hong Kong Free Press, January 20, 2019

Oxford scholars warned of security risks from China link-ups
Sydney Morning Herald, January 21, 2019

In all things, the Chairman rules
China Media Project, January 19, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China using taped confessions to intimidate young Communists, students say
The New York Times, January 21, 2019

一评“认罪视频”:演技拙劣无能,可笑自导自演 (Comment on “confession tapes”: Laughable self-directed poor performance)
Jasic Workers Solidarity Group, January 21, 2019

Hong Kong trade unions call for release of Jasic activists
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2019

統戰部:讓五星紅旗高高飄揚在教堂院內 中國主教團主席:決心不負黨和政府重托 (CPC United Front Dep’t urges Catholic clerics to “let China’s flag fly high inside churches,” bishops vow not to disappoint)
The Stand News, January 21, 2019

Wife of former Interpol chief seeks asylum in France
The New York Times, January 21, 2019

“Tang Jingling would have fought for vaccine victims, but he's in jail”
Radio Free Asia, January 18, 2019

Chinese police must guard against “color revolutions,” says top official
Reuters, January 18, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

截至去年末限制购飞机票1704万人、高铁票544万人 (By end of 2018, China has barred 17 million citizens from flights, 5.4 million from high-speed rail)
Beijing News, January 22, 2019

Attended church 10 years ago? No travel for you
Bitter Winter, January 21, 2019

民進黨秘書長:一國兩制不存在 香港是活生生血淋淋例子 (Taiwan DPP: One Country, Two Systems does not exist, Hong Kong is a living warning)
The Stand News, January 21, 2019

German Foreign Minister urges EU jointly oppose China’s military threat over Taiwan
Taiwan News, January 20, 2019

Chinese authorities mistreating Canadian detainees, ambassador says
Globe and Mail, January 21, 2019

Former China envoys call on Xi Jinping to release two detained Canadians
The Guardian, January 21, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

抖音国际增长迅猛 避嫌删除用户数据传回中国条款陈述 (As its international market surges, TikTok deletes from privacy policy clause on processing and storing user data on China’s servers)
Radio France Internationale, January 20, 2019

Huawei ties with Canadian universities risk “weaponization” of tech patents, say experts
The Star, January 20, 2019

Baidu threatens to sue a journalist for mentioning its past scandals
SupChina, January 18, 2018

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong court rejects “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung’s bid for final appeal over having trademark locks cut in jail
South China Morning Post, January 22, 2019

Hong Kong’s top court rejects final appeal by retired cop Frankly Chu over Occupy pedestrian assault
Hong Kong Free Press, January 21, 2019

東北村民拒政府拆遷方案 堅持農民必須留在農地 (“Farmers must stay with their farms”: New Territories villagers stand firm against government’s resettlement proposal), January 21, 2019

據了解人大常委秘書長要求港區人大支持國歌法立法 (Reports: NPC chief asks its Hong Kong representatives to support national anthem law)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 18, 2019

Courier service SF Express fires Hong Kong boss after “incorrectly” refusing to send cross to Macau
Hong Kong Free Press, January 18, 2019

Commentary (评论)

面對騰訊霸權,社交媒體挑戰者為何「偏向虎山行」? (Why are rival social media companies so daring in taking on Tencent’s monopoly?)
The Initium, January 21, 2019

Chinese Islamophobia was made in the West
Al Jazeera, January 21, 2019

If 5G is so important, why isn’t it secure?
The New York Times, January 21, 2019

For the security of Canadians, Huawei should be banned from our 5G networks
Globe and Mail, January 20, 2019

As Shaanxi saga shows, even Xi hits China’s bureaucratic brick wall
South China Morning Post, January 19, 2019