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, February 20, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

How an exposed Chinese database gave a glimpse of real-time monitoring in Xinjiang
Associated Press, February 20, 2019

Uyghurs in America aim to keep language alive
Voice of America, February 20, 2019

从老党员到分裂分子,维吾尔学者恐以“煽颠罪”被判刑 (Former CPC member branded “separatist”: A Uyghur scholar faces charges of inciting subversion of state power for “spreading Islamic and Arab culture through academic channels”)
Voice of America, February 20, 2019

This Australian baby boy has spent his whole life trapped in China’s police state. Now his dad wants him out
Buzzfeed News, February 19, 2019

“Man returns to his native Xinjiang and disappears” — a story too common for the headlines
Global Voices, February 19, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese Good Samaritan questioned over assault appeals to social media for justice
South China Morning Post, February 19, 2019

身份信息遭冒用 “被法人”现象频发 (Identity theft victim wrongly listed as judgment defaulter and facing travel ban finds it procedurally difficult to prove innocence and clear name)
Legal Daily, February 18, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei is cut from film; producer cites “fear of China”
The New York Times, February 20, 2019

“The Wandering Earth” seen as propaganda coup for China's ideologists
Radio Free Asia, February 19, 2019

“It’s hopeless but you persist”: An interview with Jiang Xue
New York Review of Books, February 19, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

求助外交官 成都基督徒遭传唤 (Christians in Chengdu threatened, interrogated for meeting with German diplomat)
Radio Free Asia, February 19, 2019

旅美中国民主党华盛顿快闪行动 (China Democracy Party activists hold flash-mob in Washington)
Radio Free Asia, February 19, 2019

Some NGOs able to continue longer-term temporary activities for a second year
China NGO Project, February 19, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries
Associated Press, February 20, 2019

New Zealand former PM denies writing glowing pro-China piece for Beijing paper
The Guardian, February 20, 2019

China’s leaders want more babies, but local officials resist
Associated Press, February 19, 2019

台湾拟修法:签署两岸和平协议须透过全民公投决定 (Taiwan’s proposed amendments: Cross-strait peace agreements must be decided by referendum)
Radio France Internationale, February 19, 2019

贵州省委书记调研茅台集团:增强呵护茅台品牌的政治责任感 (Guizhou provincial CPC secretary asks Maotai, luxury alcohol SOE, to enhance its political responsibilities)
The Paper, February 19, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

全国首个人工智能创新发展试验区在北京成立 (China’s first AI development test zone opens in Beijing)
Beijing News, February 20, 2019

Britain warned it could be cut out of future Five Eyes intelligence over Huawei
Sydney Morning Herald, February 20, 2019

Never mind Huawei: U.S. is already winning the 5G race, Cisco report claims
Washington Post, February 20, 2019

Tencent’s live streaming notice
Niko Partners, February 18, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

University chief in Hong Kong says he was not under pressure to leave out word “national” in title of Taiwanese alma mater for biography
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2019

申訴專員促教育局檢討非華語學生支援 (Ombudsman urges Education Bureau to step up support for non-Chinese speaking students)
Radio Television Hong Kong, February 19, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam dismisses calls for public consultation on fugitive transfers, citing urgency of Taiwan case
South China Morning Post, February 19, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam rejects concerns about city’s autonomy under China’s Greater Bay Area plan
South China Morning Post, February 19, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China borrows from totalitarian playbook with Xinjiang camps
Sydney Morning Herald, February 20, 2019

大灣區的警務合作(文:呂秉權)(Police cooperation in the Greater Bay Area)
Ming Pao, February 20, 2019

Why must Pope Francis come to China?
The Union of Catholic Asian News, February 20, 2019

The silver lining: Canadians know the truth about the ruthless Chinese government
Globe and Mail, February 19, 2019

Silencing Hong Kong’s national-anthem protests will deepen fear, not love, of China
Quartz, February 19, 2019

Xi: China must never adopt constitutionalism, separation of powers, or judicial independence
The Diplomat, February 19, 2019

China and Venezuela: Business partners against human rights
Bitter Winter, February 19, 2019