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.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Blackwater founder’s new company strikes a deal in China. He says he had no idea.
The New York Times, February 1, 2019

Xinjiang: Ex-Blackwater chief's security firm linked to China training centre
BBC News, February 1, 2019

再教育营内情曝光:每周都有人突然消失 (More details inside the camps: disappearances every week)
Radio Free Asia, February 1, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

住所外被裝人臉識別門禁 李文足:年卅晚到看守所高牆外陪全璋過年 (Facial recognition cameras installed outside Li Wenzu’s residence)
The Stand News, February 4, 2019

Yang Hengjun: lawyers denied access to Australian held in China
The Guardian, February 3, 2019

中國拘澳洲籍作家 律師要求會面被拒 (China denies lawyer’s request to see jailed Australian author Yang Hengjun)
The Stand News, February 3, 2019

李净瑜赴美求助:丈夫被大陆强劳 (Wife of jailed activist Lee Ming-che calls for international aid as she is banned from visiting, says he lacks warm clothes, food, and is overworked)
Radio Free Asia, February 1, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

北大法学教授张千帆传遭检举鼓吹西方 宪法学导论被失踪 (Peking U professor Zhang Qianfan’s textbooks on constitutional law taken off-shelf under tightened scrutiny against Western influence)
Radio France Internationale, February 2, 2019

Story of Yanxi Palace: how China finds fresh political drama in lavish Qing dynasty epics
South China Morning Post, February 3, 2019

寒门状元之死背后:中国言论寒冬中的自媒体窘境 (How a fictionalized historical account that went viral gets branded a fabrication reveals the difficulties of independent media inside China)
BBC News, February 1, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

“I’m actually freer than they are”
Human Rights Watch, February 3, 2019

周永康儿媳再推文指在北京处境不安全 (Daughter-in-law of jailed former security chief says she is “not safe,” apologizes for failing to protect integrity of the law when she enjoyed “special privileges”)
Radio France Internationale, February 3, 2019

年关将至 美国华人吁中共释放政治犯 (Protests outside Chinese embassy in San Francisco against political imprisonment)
Radio Free Asia, February 1, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国称至少80名长春问题疫苗涉案官员受到处理 (China says at least 80 officials disciplined over vaccine scandal)
Voice of America, February 3, 2019

The Church of Almighty God: Nearly 11,000 arrested in 2018
Bitter Winter, February 2, 2019

Chinese “underground” bishop gains official recognition: State media
Channel NewsAsia, February 2, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese app names and shames bad debtors
Financial Times, February 4, 2019

New site tracks gaps in Apple’s Chinese app store
China Digital Times, February 3, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year: how big security data is scanning the holiday crowds in China
South China Morning Post, February 2, 2019

Exclusive: Mobile network operator's body GSMA considers crisis meeting over Huawei
Reuters, February 2, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong journalist sues police for damages after alleged assault during 2016 unrest
Hong Kong Free Press, February 4, 2019

【旺角大衝突】三大學生會偕港獨組織辦三周年集會 不忌諱參加者論港獨 (Student organizations hold 3rd anniversary event for Fishball conflict)
Ming Pao, February 2, 2019

司法覆核爭改性別敗訴 跨性別男將上訴終院 (Transgender man to appeal court decision that full sex-change surgery is mandatory to change gender on official documents)
The Stand News, February 1, 2019

Transgender people must have full sex change surgery to switch gender on gov’t ID, court affirms
Hong Kong Free Press, February 1, 2019

Hong Kong: Court ruling a setback in fight for equality for transgender people
Amnesty International, February 1, 2019

朱凱廸提選舉呈請 質疑鄉郊選舉主任無權政治審查 (Eddie Chu files election petition to challenge disqualification from rural representative election), February 1, 2019

Commentary (评论)

“熊猫的利爪”:加拿大媒体人警示中国渗透 (“Claws of the Panda”: Veteran Canadian journalist warns of China’s influence)
Radio Free Asia, February 2, 2019

What do the Huawei indictments mean for the future of global tech?
ChinaFile, February 2, 2019

【專訪】社工盧浩元:殘疾人士是最有需要一群 又是被社會遺漏一群 (Interview with Hong Kong social worker: Persons with disabilities are the neediest, yet the most forgotten in society)
The Stand News, February 1, 2019