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.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Rising Uyghur soccer player Erfan Hezim back with Chinese team after release from Xinjiang internment camp
South China Morning Post, February 22, 2019

Fears for Uyghur comedian missing amid crackdown on cultural figures
The Guardian, February 22, 2019

Energy executives abroad ensnared in China’s Xinjiang crackdown
Deutsche Presse-Agentur International, February 21, 2019

China spiriting Uyghur detainees away from Xinjiang to prisons in Inner Mongolia, Sichuan
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2019

Wary of Xinjiang backlash, China invites waves of diplomats to visit
Reuters, February 21, 2019

挡不住舆论压力 中国再邀外交官访新疆再教育营 (China invites more diplomats to visit Xinjiang amidst mounting international pressure)
Deutsche Welle, February 22, 2019

澳大利亚籍维吾尔人求助其政府 称妻儿在新疆面临扣押危险 (Australian Uyghur seeks help from government, fearing wife’s imminent detention in Xinjiang and son’s safety)
BBC News, February 21, 2019

American firm, citing ethics code, won’t sell genetic sequencers in Xinjiang
Wall Street Journal, February 20, 2019

China uses DNA to track its people, with the help of American expertise
The New York Times, February 21, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Background: Wang Yi 王怡
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, February 22, 2019

最高检:切实防止案件“带病”批捕、起诉 (Supreme People’s Procuratorate urges early involvement of procuratorial organs in police investigation of major, sensitive cases)
Legal Daily, February 21, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

台湾陆生向中国国台办申诉 掀起箝制学术自由争议 (Mainland students at Taiwan universities report professors for “spreading ideology,” sparking academic freedom concerns)
BBC News, February 22, 2019

Economic woes hurt Chinese journalists as much as censorship does
The Economist, February 21, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

人权组织呼吁挽救藏语 释放政治犯扎西文色 (Human rights groups issue joint letter on Int’l Mother Language Day: Save the Tibetan language, release Tashi Wangchuk)
Voice of America, February 22, 2019

NGOs call for unconditional release of Tashi Wangchuk, Tibetan language advocate
Human Rights in China, February 21, 2019

China’s rights activists face torture, detention, “disappearance”: Report
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2019

Why China is reactivating its “work-unit people”
Sixth Tone, February 21, 2019

CNN question “What do you think is the main reason behind the U.S. campaign against Huawei?” goes trending on Weibo
What’s On Weibo, February 21, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Taiwan gov’t approves draft same-sex marriage bill following referendum
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2019

Taiwan: Draft law to allow same-sex marriage is a huge step forward for human rights
Amnesty International, February 21, 2019

High tech used to detect rogue police
Global Times, February 21, 2019

Guideline to enhance security on campuses
China News Service, February 21, 2019

Amid trouble with the West, Saudi Arabia looks East
The New York Times, February 21, 2019

九部门:不得将限制生育作为录用女职工的条件 (Nine ministries issue notice banning gender discrimination during hiring process)
Xinhua, February 21, 2019

傅政华:司法行政机关要建立领导干部直接听取批评意见机制 (Minister of Justice Fu Zhenghua: Judicial administrative organs must establish system for leaders and cadres to directly listen to criticisms from the public)
The Paper, February 21, 2019

湖南3名省管党员领导干部被开除党籍 (Xie Jin, head of Tianxin District in Changsha punished by discipline committee for buying books from overseas “smearing Party and state leaders”)
People’s Daily, February 21, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

U.S. won’t partner with countries that use Huawei systems: Pompeo
Reuters, February 21, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

China’s master-plan rings alarm bells in Hong Kong
The Economist, February 21, 2019

Greater Bay Area plan receives mixed reaction in Guangdong province, still work to do for Beijing
South China Morning Post, February 22, 2019

被列非法社團 民族黨上訴遭駁回 行會:或訴諸暴力實現港獨 (Gov’t rejects National Party’s appeal on ban, says “no reasonable guarantee” that violence will not be used in future)
The Stand News, February 21, 2019

Hong Kong’s ban on pro-independence National Party upheld, as gov’t rejects appeal
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2019

本土派向國際申訴港府打壓廣東話 促終結「普教中」(Localists to raise international awareness of gov’t suppression of Cantonese, urge termination of Mandarin-medium teaching for Chinese language in schools), February 22, 2019

Singapore activist sentenced to jail after refusing to pay HK$11,600 fine for hosting Joshua Wong Skype talk
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2019

“We dream of being free from violence & oppression”: Saudi sisters stuck in Hong Kong after fleeing kingdom
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2019

【移交逃犯】台灣時代力量反對借修例 將台灣納中國一部份 (Taiwan’s New Power Party opposes Hong Kong’s amendment of fugitive law, rejects categorization of Taiwan as part of China), February 21, 2019

法政匯思就政府建議修訂引渡相關法例之聲明 (Statement of the Progressive Lawyers Group on the government’s proposal to amend extradition laws)
The Stand News, February 21, 2019

Commentary (评论)

The Guardian view on Britain and China: It’s complicated
The Guardian, February 21, 2019

After the responsible stakeholder, what? Debating America’s China strategy
Texas National Security Review, February 2019

Cross-straits relations in 2019
Fairbank Center Blog, February 19, 2019