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 13, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China vows to continue crackdown fueling Muslim detention camps
Bloomberg, March 12, 2019

China says it may eventually phase out “vocational training centres” in Xinjiang where 1 million Uyghur Muslims are reportedly held for “re-education”
South China Morning Post, March 13, 2019

Muslim detention camps are like “boarding schools,” Chinese official says
The New York Times, March 13, 2019

U.S. envoy calls China’s Muslim camps “horrific,” wants probe
Associated Press, March 12, 2019

Rights activist who helped reveal China “re-education” system detained, released on house arrest in Kazakhstan
Globe and Mail, March 11, 2019

人权组织创办人将遭哈国警方软禁 (Kazakh human rights activist released but under house arrest, barred from taking interviews)
Radio Free Asia, March 12, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

美宗教大使:若中方不改善李明哲處境,美方不排除進一步手段 (U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom calls on China to release jailed Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che)
The Initium, March 12, 2019

China’s judiciary works for “stability of regime, system”: Top judge
Radio Free Asia, March 12, 2019

检举人王林清引起的争议给中国“司法进步”蒙上阴影 (Case of disappeared whistleblower judge Wang Linqing casts shadow on China’s claimed “judicial progressiveness”)
Voice of America, March 12, 2019

“陕西千亿矿权案”暴露的中国法院副卷弊病 (Flaws in Chinese courts exposed by missing papers in mine ownership case)
Radio Free Asia, March 12, 2019

街头屏幕曝光老赖合法吗?江西省高院院长:合法 (Are billboards exposing citizen misconduct legal? Jiangxi High Court judge says yes)
Sina, March 12, 2019

Another Jasic Struggle confession footage emerges: Ideological struggle drawing a veil over class warfare
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, March 12, 2019

(两会受权发布)最高人民法院工作报告(摘要)(Supreme People’s Court report to NPC: People’s courts have “firmly defended national political security, especially security of regime and system”)
Xinhua, March 13, 2019

(两会受权发布)最高人民检察院工作报告(摘要) (Supreme People’s Procuratorate report to NPC: 6.4% increase in charges on infringing women’s personal rights, 105% increase in lawsuits supporting migrant workers)
Xinhua, March 13, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

【兩會】港台記者直擊:傳媒欲採訪新疆人大代表 遭武力驅趕 強搶記者證 (At Two Congresses, Hong Kong reporter barred from interviewing Xinjiang representatives, stopped from filming, press badges grabbed, kicked out)
The Stand News, March 12, 2019

China-funded Confucius Institutes targeted under new foreign influence scheme
Sydney Morning Herald, March 12, 2019

Parallelisms for the future
China Media Project, March 12, 2019

Is Chinese TV’s ban on bright hair color back?
SupChina, March 12, 2019

How TikTok is rewriting the world
The New York Times, March 12, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

技术手段解决工人权益问题?(Can technology fix labor rights issues?)
China Labour Bulletin, March 13, 2019

Shining a light on Chinese workers
The New York Times, March 13, 2019

Explaining China’s “People’s Congress” through the tales of three: A hand-raising automaton, an independent candidate, and an electoral activist
China Change, March 12, 2019

In full: Tibet activists across the world mark 60 years since failed uprising against Chinese occupation
Hong Kong Free Press, March 13, 2019

Beijing defends Tibet policies as Tibetans mark anniversary of uprising
China Digital Times, March 12, 2019

Taiwan urged to be more vocal in support of China-oppressed minorities
Focus Taiwan, March 12, 2019

Explained: Gay rights, LGBTQ, and same-sex marriage in Asia
South China Morning Post, March 12, 2019

两会期间上访 香港访民北京遭拦截 (Hong Kong citizens intending to petition at Two Congresses barred from entering Beijing, mainland “return home permits” revoked)
Radio Free Asia, March 12, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Indonesia says election under attack from Chinese, Russian hackers
Bloomberg News, March 13, 2019

呂秉權:中國維穩地圖——廣東「辣過」新疆 (Deconstructing China’s stability maintenance budget: RMB 1,369 billion spent in 2018, Guangdong Province ranked No. 1)
Ming Pao, March 13, 2019

Why is there more dissent inside Beijing’s legislative “two sessions” this year?
South China Morning Post, March 13, 2019

Republicans push bill to prevent spying on “sensitive” U.S. university research by students from China, Russia and others
South China Morning Post, March 13, 2019

Anti-China Western forces are using Christianity to subvert Beijing, official claims
Agence France-Presse, March 13, 2019

“中国人权事业的发展进步”主题边会在日内瓦举行 (China’sside event at UN Human Rights Council “Progress of human rights in China” highlights economic development, public health, environmental protection in Xinjiang, Tibet)
Xinhua, March 12, 2019

Disillusioned bureaucrats are fleeing China’s ministries
Bloomberg News, March 12, 2019

Beijing will increase pressure on Taiwan if it rejects one-China principle, warns government adviser
South China Morning Post, March 12, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

America’s undersea battle with China for control of the global internet grid
Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

【逃犯條例】台立法院通過臨時提案 要求引渡安排僅適用台港兩地 (Taiwan Legislative Yuan passes uncontested motion to request Hong Kong extradition arrangements be applicable only between Hong Kong, Taiwan)
The Stand News, March 13, 2019

Hong Kong activist files legal challenge against gov’t decision not to prosecute ex-leader CY Leung
Hong Kong Free Press, March 12, 2019

British parliamentary committee urges London to “take action” and monitor closely human rights in Hong Kong under 1984 joint declaration
South China Morning Post, March 13, 2019

政府年耗逾千萬 「釘死」社運人士 (Hong Kong Department of Justice spent over HKD12 million from taxpayers on lawyers in cases against civil activists)
Apple Daily, March 12, 2019

#FridaysForFuture: Hong Kong student climate change protesters welcome “supportive” response from ESF schools
Hong Kong Free Press, March 7, 2019

Commentary (评论)

《粵港澳大灣區發展規劃綱要》面世了,有哪些香港人在反對?(Which Hong Kongers oppose Greater Bay Area development plans?), March 13, 2019

The detained Canadians: Brace yourselves, China’s “disappearances” are coming to the west
Hong Kong Free Press, March 13, 2019

Germany’s self-delusion about a “no-spying” pact with China
War on the Rocks, March 12, 2019

The Great Firewall of China — web of control
Financial Times, March 12, 2019