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 22, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

网传新疆高校换校徽 新校徽去除维吾尔文 (Xinjiang universities remove Uyghur script from official logos)
Radio Free Asia, March 21, 2019

Sweden grants refugee status to China's Uyghur Muslims, prompting calls for UK to follow suit
The Independent, March 21, 2019

维吾尔公知相继失踪 民族文化命悬一线 (Uyghur culture on the brink of collapse, intellectuals disappear one by one)
Radio Free Asia, March 21, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tibetan set to become world’s longest-serving political prisoner
Voice of America, March 21, 2019

Police detain labor activist Wei Zhili in southern China, wife says
Agence France-Presse, March 21, 2019

王全璋处境未明 家属往最高院申诉 (As Wang Quanzhang’s status remains unknown, wife Li Wenzu and other 709 families protest at Supreme People’s Court )
Radio Free Asia, March 21, 2019

张军在全国检察机关学习贯彻全国两会精神电视电话会议上强调 把以人民为中心融入每一项检察工作中 (Supreme People’s Court urges “people-centered” trials, strengthened news and public opinion work by procuratorates)
Legal Daily, March 22, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Senior CPC official stresses building high-level think tanks
Sina, March 22, 2019

Chinese education startup puts Western teachers on notice
Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2019

China: Government threats to academic freedom abroad
Human Rights Watch, March 21, 2019

American colleges hosted “an important part of China’s propaganda set-up”; now they’re bailing out
Mother Jones, March 21, 2019

After New Zealand massacre, Islamophobia spreads on Chinese social media
Columbia Journalism Review, March 21, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese or Taiwanese? Nana Ou-Yang is at the center of a political firestorm
SupChina, March 21, 2019

多个人权组织要求马克龙向习近平提及人权问题 (Human rights organizations urge French president Macron to raise human rights issues with Xi Jinping in upcoming meeting)
Radio France Internationale, March 21, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China is winning the war for Nepali Buddhism; China’s inroads in Nepal mean increasing control over Buddhist heritage sites – with implications for Tibet
The Diplomat, March 21, 2019

Kachin women from Myanmar “raped until they get pregnant” in China
The Guardian, March 21, 2019

Myanmar: Women, girls trafficked as “brides” to China; government inaction, conflict, China’s “gender gap” fuel sexual slavery
Human Rights Watch, March 21, 2019

Former Philippine officials accuse Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court
Associated Press, March 21, 2019

China tells Christianity to be more Chinese
Christianity Today, March 20, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Google bans VPNs from buying banner ads in China
The Drum, March 22, 2019

Google says VPN ads are banned in China
Inkstone, March 21, 2019

Huawei’s U.S. government lawsuit may lift the air of “mystery” around the Chinese telecoms giant
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

梁天琦、李諾文、林傲軒暴動罪重審無罪 容偉業三罪罪成 (Edward Leung, two others acquitted of rioting charges; Yung Wai-ip convicted of 3 charges, to be sentenced on April 4)
The Stand News, March 22, 2019

Localist activist Edward Leung cleared of second rioting charge during 2016 Mong Kok unrest
Hong Kong Free Press, March 22, 2019

為什麼香港政府會放寬空氣污染指標?(Why did Hong Kong government relax its air pollution benchmarks?), March 22, 2019

【逃犯條例修訂 FAQ】吳靄儀逐點反駁政府:法庭無權審議大陸證據合法性 香港記者高危 (Legal scholar Margaret Ng rebuts government narrative: Courts have no power to review evidence raised by mainland, journalists in Hong Kong at high risk)
The Stand News, March 21, 2019

逃犯例剔商罪 大律師會指反削現制 已簽協議19國 稅務環保版權罪行多包 (Excluding commercial crimes in extradition law amendments undermines existing regime, says Bar Association spokesman, citing existing extradition agreements)
Ming Pao, March 22, 2019

立法會否決改革移民及入境政策無約束力議案 (LegCo vetoes non-binding motion to reform immigration policy on one-way permits)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 21, 2019

Hong Kong is no closer to legalizing same-sex marriage, says Chief Exec. Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, March 21, 2019

Commentary (评论)

【離鄉工作徵稿】來港四年,「東方華爾街」不是外人想的光鮮亮麗 (A Taiwan citizen working in Hong Kong: “Wall Street of the East” is not as glamorous as outsiders think)
The News Lens, March 22, 2019

法治课|京东要求员工提交亲属同学关系,是否侵犯隐私?(Did invade privacy of employees by demanding information about personal ties?)
The Paper, March 22, 2019

Why would Italy endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative? Potential move by Rome has caused allies and EU to flag serious concerns
Financial Times, March 21, 2019

China’s leaders should study James Bond films; revealing one’s master plan too early can be dangerous
The Economist, March 21, 2019

中国反腐模式是制度失败的产物 (China’s anti-corruption model is the product of systemic failure)
Radio Free Asia, March 21, 2019