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, March 15, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

U.S. mulling measures against those behind abuses in China's Xinjiang
Reuters, March 15, 2019

新疆维权人士在哈国被强迫认罪 (Kazakh activist Serikzhan Bilash, released on house arrest, was recorded, forced to sign documents confessing and agreeing to use government-appointed lawyer)
Radio Free Asia, March 14, 2019

Even China’s “model” Uyghurs aren’t safe: Uyghurs who have tried hard to assimilate into the majority Han Chinese culture have not been spared from detention
The Diplomat, March 14, 2019

At UN, West criticizes Xinjiang crisis
China Digital Times, March 14, 2019

“Disappointing and frustrating”: U.S. urges Muslim nations to condemn China’s Xinjiang abuses
Agence France-Presse, March 14, 2019

Chinese delegates introduce human rights progress in Xinjiang at UN side-event
People’s Daily, March 14, 2019

维吾尔人华盛顿影展 揭示中国政府暴行 (Photo exhibition in Washington, D.C., reveals the Chinese government’s atrocities against Uyghurs)
Voice of America, March 15, 2019

Pictures at an exhibition: The Uyghurs calvary displayed
Bitter Winter, March 14, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese lawmakers propose lower age of criminal responsibility
Sixth Tone, March 14, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Reddit has become a battleground of alleged Chinese trolls
Buzzfeed News, March 14, 2019

Chinese proposal aims to clean up live-streaming in the name of underage internet users
SupChina, March 14, 2019

China says it wants more “independent” think-tanks; however, they must be independent “with Chinese characteristics”
The Economist, March 14, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Cao Shunli died five years ago. She stood up to China on human rights, and so must we
The Guardian, March 14, 2019

Citing Foreign NGO Law requirements, U.S.-based NGO opts out of China summit
ChinaFile NGO Project, March 14, 2019

Chinese exchange student seeks political asylum after public denunciation of Xi
Radio Free Asia, March 14, 2019

Playwright Yang Zhefen shines a painful light on bullying culture in China
Radii China, March 14, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国拒联合国人权整改建议 国际社会谴责 (International community condemns China’s rejection of UN recommendations on human rights situation)
Radio Free Asia, March 14, 2019

Inconvenient truths at China’s UN rights review: Chinese rejection of reform underscores plight of Muslims in Xinjiang
Human Rights Watch, March 13, 2019

China: Blatant disregard of UN human rights experts’ recommendations
Amnesty International, March 14, 2019

Government makes a mockery of UN human rights review
FIDH, March 14, 2019

最高法院暫緩取消與台灣自貿 薩爾瓦多候任總統:重新審視與北京關係 (El Salvador to re-evaluate relationship with Beijing as top court suspends termination of Taiwan trade agreement)
Ming Pao, March 15, 2019

Responding to El Salvador president-elect, China denies it meddles
Reuters, March 15, 2019

Behind China’s move to block Masood Azhar’s listing, a strategic reason
Hindustan Times, March 14, 2019

UN experts renew calls for probe into death of Cao Shunli
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, March 14, 2019

China, relocated: Tales from China’s homes away from home
Sixth Tone, March 14, 2019

Chinese authorities tighten restrictions in Qinghai amid Tibetan uprising anniversaries
Radio Free Asia, March 14, 2019

2018年美国的人权纪录和2018年美国侵犯人权事记 (China publishes 2018 Report on U.S. Human Rights, citing gun violence, discrimination against Muslims, Internet surveillance, sexual harassment, immigration policies, withdrawal from Human Rights Council)
Xinhua, March 14, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Huawei 5G: NATO considers action over security concerns as Trump pushes for U.S. domination
Independent, March 14, 2019

Google’s work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general
Reuters, March 14, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

香港眾志闖政總 政府「強烈譴責」 警抬走9名示威者 (Police arrest 9 protesters as Demosisto members rally at government headquarters to oppose extradition law amendments)
Ming Pao, March 15, 2019

White House invites pro-democracy politicians to explain situation in Hong Kong as officials scrutinizing China prepare study on city’s separate trading status
South China Morning Post, March 15, 2019

Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong announces measures against sex abuse of church minors, saying there is “no place for culture of silence”
South China Morning Post, March 15, 2019

Climate Strike Hong Kong: Student protesters urge gov’t to include youth reps in environmental bodies
Hong Kong Free Press, March 15, 2019

Climate Strike Hong Kong: Gov’t reaction to class boycott is ironic, short-sighted and dangerous
Hong Kong Free Press, March 15, 2019

UK may include human rights provisions in future Hong Kong trade deals, as minister says handover deal still active
Hong Kong Free Press, March 14, 2019

美国人权报告:北京破坏香港自治 (Beijing encroaching on Hong Kong’s autonomy, says U.S. human rights report)
Radio Free Asia, March 14, 2019

Washington points to Hong Kong National Party ban and disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers as cause for concern in latest human rights report
South China Morning Post, March 14, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China’s selective version of Marxist theory is a puzzle
Financial Times, March 14, 2019

俄媒评中国“两会”:还是前苏联那一套 (Two Congresses is modeled after former Soviet Union, says Russian media)
Radio Free Asia, March 14, 2019

修改法例成串謊言 保安當局所為何事 (Why does Hong Kong’s Security Bureau insist on fugitive laws amendments made up of lies?)
The Stand News, March 14, 2019

Where spying is the law
The New York Times, March 14, 2019

China’s assault on human rights is the one thing bringing Washington together
Washington Post, March 14, 2019