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, February 12, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uyghur crackdown: “I spent seven days of hell in Chinese camps”
BBC, February 12, 2019

China releases video of Uyghur poet said to have died in custody
The Guardian, February 11, 2019

Turkey hits China hard over Uyghur. Why now?
Hurriyet Daily News, February 11, 2019

Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy
Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 9, 2019

Why is Turkey breaking its silence on China’s Uyghurs?
The Diplomat, February 12, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

江天勇狱中拜年 余文生妻求助人大
Chinese human rights attorney calls home ahead of scheduled release
Radio Free Asia, February 11, 2019

余文生妻子去信栗戰書促釋放丈夫 (Yu Wensheng’s wife sends letter to National People’s Congress Standing Committee chief urging husband’s release)
Radio Television Hong Kong, February 11, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Censored on WeChat: A year of content removals on China’s most powerful social media platform
Global Voices, February 11, 2019

China targets Twitter users critical of Venezuela’s Maduro
Radio Free Asia, February 11, 2019

How official Chinese propaganda is adapting to the social media age as disaffection spreads among millennials
South China Morning Post, February 10, 2019

Blockbuster nationalism and viral propaganda
China Media Project, February 10, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Film by China’s Zhang Yimou withdrawn from Berlin festival competition days before its world premiere
Agence France-Presse, February 12, 2019

张艺谋"一秒钟"柏林撤映改映"英雄" (Zhang Yimou’s “One Second” film withdrawn from Berlin film festival, film “Hero” will be shown instead)
Mtime, February 11, 2019

A tragedy on China’s highways illustrates the true cost of next day delivery
China Labour Bulletin, February 11, 2019

Reddit users rebel after China-owned Tencent said to be leading funding round
Hong Kong Free Press, February 11, 2019

Tencent invests in Reddit as global battle with Bytedance escalates
TechNode, February 11, 2019

藏人當選多倫多大學學生會長 遭陸生留言謾罵、聯署要求推翻結果 (Newly-elected Toronto University student body president faces backlash from Chinese students for reported “close ties” with Tibetan organization)
The Stand News, February 12, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

46 UK parliamentarians urge English-language testing body IELTS to remove “China” from Taiwan designation
Hong Kong Free Press, February 11, 2019

How the Pentagon countered China’s designs on Greenland
Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

How Facebook’s tiny China sales floor helps generate big ad money
The New York Times, February 11, 2019

Pompeo warns allies Huawei presence complicates partnership with U.S.
Reuters, February 11, 2019

China’s new cybersecurity measures allow state police to remotely access company systems
Recorded Future, February 8, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Beijing to outline plans for Greater Bay Area development within days, says Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, February 12, 2019

【跨性別權益】民調指近 7 成港人撐立法免歧視 司法覆核卻先輸一仗 (Poll: 70% of Hong Kongers support discrimination law protecting transgender rights; judicial review sees first defeat)
The Stand News, February 11, 2019

Hong Kong pro-democracy party chief Wu Chi-wai may give up Wong Tai Sin district seat after 20 years
South China Morning Post, February 11, 2019

One-third of new applicants for Hong Kong elderly welfare payments stand to lose out on thousands per month because of rise in age threshold
Hong Kong Free Press, February 11, 2019

Commentary (评论)

互联网冲击下,市场化媒体大批死去,党报则复活了 (With the rise of the Internet, commercial media dwindles and state media is revived)
CNPolitics, February 11, 2019