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 26, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

EU rejects China’s offer of Xinjiang tour, but says it’s open to one later
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2019

“Hanification”: Uyghur children cut off from their roots
Bitter Winter, March 23, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China detains several social economic rights defenders days after UN rights review ends
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, March 26, 2019

【中國司法】危志立被捕五天無音訊 妻鄭楚然:我們的合法權利都被當玩笑嗎?(Labor-rights activist Wei Zhili missing for 5 days, concerns mount as wife Zheng Churan’s WeChat is blocked)
The Stand News, March 26, 2019

This Chinese Christian was charged with trying to subvert the state
The New York Times, March 26, 2019

Chinese police hold Maoist editor on “subversion” charges
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2019

Guangxi police investigating teenager’s false detention
Sixth Tone, March 25, 2019

河北网民翻墙转推被行政拘留 (Hebei citizen under administrative detention for retweeting “inappropriate messages”)
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

微博加大打击刷榜力度:对流量异常搜索词及指向对象连带处置 (To combat “click farming,” Weibo introduces 3-month ban on “unusually popular” content from search results, including pop stars, TV shows, events)
The Paper, March 25, 2019

China reportedly banning all new period dramas until June 2019
Mothership, March 26, 2019

“A new world order”: China’s press freedom crackdown poses a threat to international democracies, says media watchdog
Hong Kong Free Press, March 25, 2019

国际组织关注中国威胁新闻自由 (Reporters Without Borders warns of China’s threat to global press freedom)
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2019

Report: China’s pursuit of a new world media order
Reporters Without Borders, March 25, 2019

Chinese academic fired after public criticism of Party leadership
Financial Times, March 25, 2019

Pulp friction: Chinese city shreds maps showing Taiwan as a country
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2019

山东省“问题地图”查处情况现场通报会在青岛召开 (Shandong provincial authorities tackle “problematic maps” that show Taiwan as country, which could “be hyped by people with ulterior motive from international community,” “seriously threaten national security.””)
The Paper, March 24, 2019

穿「和服」賞櫻遭武漢大學保安暴力制止 當事人:我穿的是唐裝 (Wuhan university student assaulted by campus police for wearing kimono-inspired attire while taking photos with cherry blossoms)
The Stand News, March 25, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国环保人士在江苏化工厂大爆炸现场调研遭警察“寻滋”调查 (Environmentalist conducting on-site assessment of chemical plant explosion detained by police for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”)
Voice of America, March 25, 2019

Tibetans and Uyghurs urge Macron to pressure Xi Jinping on human rights
Radio France Internationale, March 25, 2019

习近平访问欧洲 人权组织示威抗议 (Human rights organizations protest China’s human rights abuses as Xi Jinping tours Europe)
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

U.S. says China “systematically” impedes diplomats, journalists, citizens from visiting Tibet
Hong Kong Free Press, March 26, 2019

Chinese police maintain presence in Tibetan monastery despite passage of uprising anniversaries
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2019

IADB cancels China meeting after Beijing bars Venezuela representative
Reuters, March 23, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

This small team is building a social credit system app for China’s youth to determine who’s naughty or nice
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2019

Life as one of China’s 13 million “deadbeats” means slow trains, special ring tone
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2019

An AI data leak case misunderstood by multiple parties: 5 key clues to get to the truth
ChinAI Newsletter, March 25, 2019

U.S. firms register as foreign agents of embattled Chinese telecom giant Huawei
Open Secrets, March 22, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s former No. 2 Anson Chan urges Americans who do business in city to protest proposed change in fugitive transfer law
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2019

Taiwan could issue travel alert for Hong Kong if proposed extradition update passes
Hong Kong Free Press, March 25, 2019

After tearful apology, ex-Hong Kong official Patrick Ho gets “truly merciful” 3-year sentence in U.S. bribery and money laundering case
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Government must win back the trust of Hong Kong’s youth
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2019

【識條鐵】東大嶼人工島隱藏高鐵支線大FACT CHECK (Hidden high-speed rail project for Lantau Tomorrow Vision: Fact Check), March 25, 2019

《紅色滲透》:從暗渡陳倉到大張旗鼓,中共勢力如何逐步滲入台灣媒體?(From secret advancements to outright war cries: How CPC influence gradually infiltrates Taiwan’s media)
The News Lens, March 25, 2019

China cannot prettify the human rights catastrophe in Xinjiang
Washington Post, March 25, 2019

Beijing's credibility deficit: Xi cannot win business people’s confidence without economic and political liberalization
Nikkei Asian Review, March 22, 2019