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, March 06, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

U.N. religious freedom expert seeks visit to China’s Xinjiang
Reuters, March 6, 2019

The Kazakh window into the Xinjiang Crisis
The Diplomat, March 6, 2019

Interview: “I have never cried so much in my life”
Radio Free Asia, March 5, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

江天勇绝食抗议后获释 腰椎受伤记忆力严重衰退 (Jiang Tianyong was released only after hunger strike, suffers spine injuries and severe memory loss)
Radio Free Asia, March 5, 2019

Chinese Rights Lawyer Jiang Tianyong Allowed Home Visit, Still “Not Free”
Radio Free Asia, March 4, 2019

中国人权律师卢廷阁因发起修宪提案建议遭失踪 (Human rights lawyer Lu Tingge disappeared for proposing constitutional amendments)
Voice of America, March 5, 2019

Calls for change spark disappearance as China reaffirms president’s grip on power
Radio Free Asia, March 5, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

當上中國美術家協會的領導,有幾個是真正靠藝術成就呢? (Is leadership of China Artists’ Association really about artistic achievements?)
The News Lens, March 6, 2019

Rapping the China monologue
China Media Project, March 5, 2019

威胁把记者列入黑名单 俄媒指责中国干涉新闻自由 (Chinese embassy threatens to blacklist Russian reporter, newspaper accuses China of limiting press freedom)
Voice of America, March 5, 2019

红歌《习总书记恩情永不忘》被禁 或涉“低级红” (Song praising Xi Jinping labeled “low-class red,” banned for oversimplifying Party doctrine)
Radio Free Asia, March 5, 2019

Propaganda 2.0 - Chinese Communist Party's message gets tech upgrade
Reuters, March 5, 2019

China blocks internet searches abroad as Xi under pressure ahead of major speech
Telegraph UK, March 5, 2019

含义消极、格调不高,潮牌因“打低俗擦边球”被判商标无效 (Popular brand’s trademark registration denied for “damaging social morals”)
The Paper, March 5, 2019

中国网络社会组织联合会网络传播专业委员会在京成立 (China Federation of Internet Societies establishes professional committee for Internet communication to spread “positive energy”)
Cyberspace Administration of China, March 5, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

The women who paid the price for fighting sexual harassment in China
Special Broadcasting Service, March 5, 2019

“人权观察”吁中国废止收容教育制度和任意羁押 (Human Rights Watch calls on China to abolish “custody and education” system of arbitrary detention for sex workers)
Radio Free Asia, March 5, 2019

China: Abolish arbitrary detention for sex workers
Human Rights Watch, March 4, 2019

“推动中国宗教自由联盟”呼吁关注中国宗教人权问题 (Coalition to Advance Religious Freedom in China urges U.S. Congress to act on China’s religious rights abuses)
Radio Free Asia, March 4, 2019

A brainwashing war: An appeal for the poet-preacher Wang Yi
China Change, March 4, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中國女工生育之痛:被強制流產後,計生人員又把埋掉的孩子挖出來 (Play based on true story of a female worker in China portrays the horror of forced abortion, birth control policies)
The Initium, March 6, 2019

Send top delegation to Taipei, American senators urge Donald Trump as 40th anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act nears
South China Morning Post, March 5, 2019

Chinese envoy offered Rohingya money to return to Myanmar: Sources
Radio Free Asia, March 5, 2019

“Politically biased”: China rejects UN recommendations on death penalty, freedoms in Xinjiang and Tibet
Hong Kong Free Press, March 5, 2019

道德“增值”德者有得凝聚人心,浙江建德“三治融合”激发乡村发展新活力 ( “Moral Bank” in Jiande, Zhejiang Province, offers no-collateral low-interest loans to villagers with enough “moral points”)
Legal Daily, March 5, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Google employees uncover ongoing work on censored China search
The Intercept, March 5, 2019

Huawei calls for common cybersecurity standards amidst concerns
Reuters, March 5, 2019

Huawei trolls the U.S. by opening a cybersecurity center in Europe
Vice News, March 5, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

吳文遠上訴得直法庭指遷就某人作不合理檢控令人不安 (Protester wins appeal in assault case, judge concerned that wrong charge was filed so CY Leung could avoid testifying as witness)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 6, 2019

Hong Kong pro-democracy group travels to Taiwan to discuss fugitive extradition proposal, risking wrath from Beijing
South China Morning Post, March 6, 2019

Murder case poses dilemma for Hong Kong on sending suspects to China
The New York Times, March 5, 2019

警員佐協會主席促政府訂「辱警罪」 一如立國歌法的幹勁決心 (Police association urges criminalization of insulting police officers, compares necessity to National Anthem Law)
The Stand News, March 5, 2019

Commentary (评论)

TikTok’s rise is a test for social media regulation
Financial Times, March 6, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody’s release in China is a victory, despite the cuts
The Guardian, March 5, 2019

Canada must not be naive when dealing with China’s authoritarian regime
Globe and Mail, March 5, 2019

Get ready for China’s baby quotas: Demographic fears mean a hard future for women's rights
Foreign Policy, March 5, 2019

Meng, Kovrig & Spavor: Same same but different
China Law and Policy, March 4, 2019