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 29, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China thanks Kazakhstan for support on Xinjiang de-radicalization scheme
Reuters, March 29, 2019

China: New Zealand’s Ardern should spotlight Xinjiang
Human Rights Watch, March 29, 2019

State Dept. believes U.S. legal residents are being held in Chinese detention camps
CNN, March 29, 2019

China has also been targeting foreigners in its brutal crackdown on Muslims
Buzzfeed News, March 27, 2019

Four Uyghur fighters describe dismay after joining anti-Assad fight in Syria
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2019

Chinese officials pressured Canadian university to cancel event with Uyghur activist
Radio Canada International, March 27, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

A second Tsinghua University professor is investigated, but this time, for not teaching Marxism “correctly”
SupChina, March 28, 2019

What does the punishment of a prominent scholar mean for intellectual freedom in China?
ChinaFile, March 28, 2019

言論被指損國家聲譽 渝大學撤副教授資格 (Deputy professor at Chongqing Normal University demoted for classroom statements that “damage national reputation”)
Ming Pao, March 29, 2019

China is burning books again; Censors are on the lookout for political mistakes, even in print runs for foreigners
Foreign Policy, March 28, 2019

Censorship pays: China's state newspaper expands lucrative online scrubbing business
Reuters, March 28, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Wife of Meng Hongwei, missing ex-Interpol chief, slams “political nature” of his arrest in China and rejects corruption claims
Reuters, March 29, 2019

百余尘肺病工人关注危志立 赴深圳维权遭拦截 (Police intercept over 100 pneumoconiosis workers on march from Hunan to Shenzhen in support of Wei Zhili)
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2019

Beijing ramps up crackdown on labor activists
Financial Times, March 28, 2019

China bans another major protestant church in weekend raid
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2019

709案株连家属 谢燕益3孩子被拒发护照 (709 lawyer Xie Yanyi’s school-aged children denied passports for “endangering national security”)
Radio Free Asia, March 26, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

響水爆炸七天後,被遺忘的村莊和求見亡夫遺體的妻子 (Tired of waiting for aid after Jiangsu chemical explosion, village residents discover village has been wiped off map)
The Initium, March 29, 2019

北京立法规定,违建强制拆除要全程音像记录 (Beijing revises urban planning regulations to require audio, video recording of forced eviction, demolition proceedings)
Beijing News, March 29, 2019

China says probing more people after former Interpol chief's fall
Reuters, March 28, 2019

China’s “social credit” scheme involves cajolery and sanctions
The Economist, March 28, 2019

How China used the Swedish ambassador to threaten Angela Gui; Foreign citizens are increasingly being used to carry out the dirty work of the Chinese regime
The Diplomat, March 28, 2019

Why did Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen ask for U.S. arms during Hawaii visit?
Deutsche Welle, March 28, 2019

Nauru parliament rejects “one China” principle, recognizes Taiwan as independent nation
Taiwan News, March 26, 2019

Chinese deal with former Solomon Islands MPs to switch recognition after elections exposed
Solomon Times, March 27, 2019

The Massachusetts train company that China built
SupChina, March 28, 2019

《关于加强和改进中央和国家机关党的建设的意见》(In full: Opinion on prioritizing strengthening and improving Party-building in Central government and national institutions, with Xi Jinping as core)
Xinhua, March 28, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Grindr Is owned by a Chinese firm, and the U.S. is trying to force it to sell
The New York Times, March 29, 2019

Huawei equipment has major security flaws, U.K. says; Report says Chinese tech giant hasn’t made cybersecurity a priority
Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2019

Huawei security “defects” are found by British authorities
The New York Times, March 29, 2019

中国商务部称日本政府采购剔除华为中兴或损害两国关系 (China Ministry of Commerce says Japan “will damage relations” if it excludes Huawei and ZTE in telecom purchases)
Voice of America, March 28, 2019

Elementary school’s fingerprint collecting raises privacy concerns
Sixth Tone, March 28, 2019

U.S. clamps down on investors in China surveillance group
Financial Times, March 28, 2019

WeChat users accuse app of tracking conversations for advertising purposes
Global Times, March 28, 2019

LinkedIn is becoming China's go-to platform for recruiting foreign spies
Cyberscoop, March 26, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Press freedom concerns as ex-leader CY Leung shames firms advertising in pro-democracy Apple Daily
Hong Kong Free Press, March 29, 2019

逃犯條例修訂草案刊憲 9 商罪相關洗黑錢、串謀、教唆等同獲豁免 放寬證據可接納性 (Hong Kong publishes draft amendment on extradition)
The Stand News, March 29, 2019

【逃犯條例修訂】美商會不收貨:根本問題是其他司法管轄區程序大異於香港 (AmCham statement: “Continue to have serious concerns” on proposed new extradition arrangements, including extradition to jurisdiction with “very different” criminal procedure system)
The Stand News, March 29, 2019

Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has revised her mainland China extradition proposal to mollify businesses, but will she pay a price?
South China Morning Post, March 29, 2019

香港眾志代表於律政司司長官邸外靜坐促撤逃犯條例修訂 (Demosisto members organize sit-in protest to urge retraction of proposed extradition law amendments)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 29, 2019

Hong Kong officials must do better when handling public requests for information, outgoing ombudsman says
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2019

吳文遠擲三文治案 律政司向終院申請上訴 (Department of Justice appeals acquittal of activist Avery Ng in “sandwich” case)
Ming Pao, March 28, 2019

Commentary (评论)

习近平用金钱诱惑欧洲,但欧盟会软化对中国的立场吗? (Xi is luring Europe with money, but will EU soften its stance on China?)
Voice of America, March 29, 2019

[Lü Pin:] Finding a voice
ChinaFile, March 28, 2019

U.S. must put a ban on Google helping China develop a global digital dictatorship
The Daily Beast, March 26, 2019

“Crackdown on Jasic labour struggle seeks to eliminate unrest during economic downturn”
CIVICUS, March 26, 2019