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, March 12, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Astana tries to silence China critics: Head of watchdog organization detained for work on Xinjiang camps
Foreign Policy, March 11, 2019

Kazakhstan releases Xinjiang rights activist to house arrest
Agence France-Presse, March 12, 2019

“Window into Xinjiang” closes with Kazakh arrest
China Digital Times, March 11, 2019

iPhone maker distances itself from “unauthorised” agency discriminating against China’s Uyghur and Tibetan ethnic minorities
South China Morning Post, March 11, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Wife of tortured Chinese rights lawyer calls for him to leave China
Radio Free Asia, March 11, 2019

反家暴,预防机制细化到幼儿园 (Shandong issues first local anti-domestic violence regulation, includes mandatory reporting obligations for kindergartens)
Legal Daily, March 10, 2019

風雨蘭個案回溯研究揭示性暴力求助數字持續上升 年輕受害人平均延遲13.2年求助 (NGO study reveals rising trend of sexual violence against women, 13.2 years average delay before seeking help)
Rain Lily, March 9, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

俄民众集会抗议封锁互联网 (Russians protest restrictive laws that would make Internet more like China’s)
Radio Free Asia, March 11, 2019

“Low-level red” and other concerns
China Media Project, March 11, 2019

Chinese Foreign Ministry denies opening Twitter account
The Hindu, March 11, 2019

Top 5 of China’s popular news apps
What’s on Weibo, March 11, 2019

TV drama highlights gender discrimination in Chinese families
Sixth Tone, March 11, 2019

New Zealand Labour MPs backtrack on Anne-Marie Brady committee decision
Radio New Zealand, March 8, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

湖北職校疑因戶藉問題 無幫學生報技能高考 學生上街維權與警爆衝突 (Police use violence against Hubei vocational school students protesting school’s failure to register them for public exams because of hukou restrictions)
The Stand News, March 11, 2019

U.S. academics call on Beijing to immediately release Canadian Michael Kovrig, saying his arrest has “chilling effect” on U.S.-China relations
South China Morning Post, March 11, 2019

Joint statement calling for the immediate release of Michael Kovrig
International Crisis Group, March 11, 2019

Four years on: The whereabouts of the “feminist five” and the sustainability of feminist activism in China
China Change, March 11, 2019

Sexist signs, burning banners, and misogynist trolls: This year’s Girl’s Day was a shameful mess
SupChina, March 11, 2019

Hundreds of Tibetans mark uprising anniversary in Taiwan amid warnings
Radio Free Asia, March 11, 2019

The Church of Almighty God’s refugees in Japan: A statement at the United Nations
Bitter Winter, March 9, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China official says West using Christianity to undermine country
Reuters, March 12, 2019

Chinese Communist Party going after the military’s Christians
Bitter Winter, March 10, 2019

西藏自治區政府:如要選達賴亦要按宗教儀軌和慣例 (Tibet official at Two Congresses: If a new Dalai Lama is to be selected, approval from Central Government is necessary)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 12, 2019

蔡英文召开台湾国安会议,提出反制“一国两制”策略台湾 (Tsai Ing-wen calls national security meeting to discuss countering One Country,Two Systems)
BBC News, March 12, 2019

中国为什么不彻底放弃对生育的限制?(Why China refuses to give up national family planning)
Financial Times, March 12, 2019

China must punish officials for “cooking the books” to improve data credibility, top lawmaker says
South China Morning Post, March 11, 2019

中国官方承认GDP数据造假 (Chinese officials admit fabricating GDP data)
Radio Free Asia, March 11, 2019

China trying to influence U.S., Australia: Trump adviser Bolton
SBS News, March 11, 2019

The massage parlor owner peddling access to Trump has ties to Chinese government-linked groups
Mother Jones, March 10, 2019

Italy signs up for belt and road infrastructure summit in China
Reuters, March 9, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked memo reveals China’s detailed plans in Italy
Euractiv, March 8, 2019

I’d side with rich China over fickle U.S.: Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad
South China Morning Post, March 8, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China database lists “breedready” status of 1.8 million women
The Guardian, March 11, 2019

Indian invasion of Chinese social media apps like TikTok, SHAREit and Helo sparks fear and loathing in New Delhi
South China Morning Post, March 11, 2019

代表委员热议人工智能发展,法治为人工智能产业健康发展保驾护航 (NPC representatives propose legislation on artificial intelligence that upholds morals, enforces accountability)
Legal Daily, March 11, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Pro-establishment lawmaker Regina Ip asks if RTHK should maintain its news department, given other options on the market
South China Morning Post, March 11, 2019

【UGL案】質疑鄭若驊不控梁振英決定違法 曾健成明提司法覆核 (Activist to raise legal challenge against Secretary of Justice’s refusal to prosecute CY Leung for alleged corruption)
The Stand News, March 11, 2019

【佔中九子案下月宣判】宗教團體月底發起「民主苦路」遊行 陳日君朱耀明參與 (Religious groups to hold march in support of Umbrella 9, political prisoners)
The Stand News, March 11, 2019

【理大嚴懲學生】被停學前會長林穎恒:社工系教我社會公義,但學校否定了 (Suspended Polytechnic University student leader: My degree taught me social justice, but the school denied it)
Citizen News, March 10, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Meng Wanzhou’s case, Beijing’s response and two legal scandals highlight the “rule of law,” as preached – and practised – in Canada and China
South China Morning Post, March 12, 2019

王毅在兩會談論的世界觀,是天朝帝國兩千年「秦漢政體」的延續 (The “China order” described by Foreign Minister Wang Yi is a continuation of totalitarian “Qin-Han polity”)
The News Lens, March 12, 2019

Pledging allegiance: How Beijing purged an entire generation of political talent from the legislature
Hong Kong Free Press, March 11, 2019

“Under Red Skies” review: Living the Chinese dream
Wall Street Journal, March 8, 2019