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.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Bachelet presses China for UN access to Xinjiang's Uyghurs
Reuters, March 6, 2019

联合国人权官员希望前往新疆核实大规模人员失踪及关押报道 (UN High Commissioner Bachelet presses for access to Xinjiang to verify reports of mass disappearances and detention)
Voice of America, March 7, 2019

High Commissioner Bachelet calls on States to take strong action against inequalities
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, March 6, 2019

“The Night Is Thick”: Uyghur poets respond to the disappearance of their relatives
SupChina, March 6, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

5 years after death in custody of Cao Shunli, HRDs in China continue to face same pattern of abuse
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, March 6, 2019

China arrests its chief of submarine research because he “obtained Canadian nationality”
Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Data analysis account wiped amid Twitter crackdown
China Digital Times, March 6, 2019

China’s all-seeing social credit system stops actresses and academics
Sydney Morning Herald, March 6, 2019

U.S.-China trade war suspicions have had chilling effect on Beijing’s Thousand Talents Plan
South China Morning Post, March 6, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Yang Kuang burned a Chinese flag outside Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s court hearing in Vancouver – here’s why
South China Morning Post, March 7, 2019

More Shanghai babies given mother’s surname as China’s old patriarchal traditions start to fade
South China Morning Post, March 7, 2019

Ren Hang’s provocative photographs show a China we rarely see
The New York Times, March 6, 2019

Chinese school buys its pupils tracking bracelets – then vows to consult them after online backlash
South China Morning Post, March 6, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese women earn a fifth less than men and the gap is widening fast, survey by online recruiter Boss Zhipin finds
South China Morning Post, March 7, 2019

北京关于司法与新闻两套话语令人困惑 (Beijing’s propaganda narratives are increasingly contradictory and confusing)
Voice of America, March 7, 2019

Beijing plans to continue tightening grip on Christianity and Islam as China pushes ahead with the “Sinicisation of religion”
South China Morning Post, March 6, 2019

Ningxia sets up democratic system to select imams for mosques
Global Times, March 6, 2019

Italy set to formally endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Financial Times, March 6, 2019

Pension contribution rates for employers across China cut to 16 percent
China Labour Bulletin, March 6, 2019

China’s pension system is not aging well
The Diplomat, March 6, 2019

Tibetans restricted in Sichuan, Gansu ahead of uprising anniversary
Radio Free Asia, March 6, 2019

No head for heights: China defends Tibet travel restrictions
Reuters, March 6, 2019

Lhasa uses facial recognition, big data analysis in new taxies
Global Times, March 5, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

【華為風波】華為得州入稟控美國政府 (Huawei begins legal challenge against U.S. gov’t for banning its products)
Ming Pao, March 7, 2019

孟晚舟和华为“亮剑”背后的思维 (The mentality behind Meng Wanzhou and Huawei “unsheathing” its sword)
Financial Times, March 7, 2019

German spies are fighting to keep Huawei out of 5G
Bloomberg, March 6, 2019

Malcolm Turnbull warns Brits about letting Huawei build 5G network
The Age, March 6, 2019

Czech billionaire could get caught up in Huawei spying scandal
Bloomberg, March 6, 2019

Facebook sues four Chinese companies for selling fake accounts
Caixin, March 6, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg tried hard to get Facebook into China. Now the company may be backing away
BuzzFeed News, March 6, 2019

台湾拟禁用中国制造的广播和电信设备 (Taiwan may ban broadcasting, telecom equipment made in China)
Voice of America, March 6, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Extradition agreement with mainland China would damage Hong Kong’s “safe reputation” for business, AmCham says
South China Morning Post, March 7, 2019

美商會意見書交保安局 稱對修訂《逃犯條例》強烈保留 (American Chamber of Commerce urges government to reconsider proposed amendments to extradition law, citing “grave concerns” about mainland judicial system)
Ming Pao, March 6, 2019

Polytechnic University disciplinary measures: How universities have reacted to messages on campus advocating Hong Kong independence
South China Morning Post, March 7, 2019

Refugees appeal to Hong Kong government to end their “long wait” and allow them to leave city
South China Morning Post, March 6, 2019

Commentary (评论)

If Hong Kong doesn’t like U.S. “interference,” maybe it should give up its status as a separate customs area
South China Morning Post, March 6, 2019

The problem with Xi’s China model
Foreign Affairs, March 6, 2019

How to cheat at Xi Jinping Thought: A newly mandatory app is eating up Chinese workers’ time, so they’re finding ways around it.
Foreign Policy, March 6, 2019

What happened to Taiwan’s support for same-sex marriage?
Asia Dialogue, March 6, 2019

美学者:对华接触政策错在何处? (Interview: What is wrong with America’s China policy?)
Radio Free Asia, March 6, 2019

Google Dragonfly plans further eroding users’ trust
Amnesty International, March 5, 2019