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.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Kyrgyz students vanish Into Xinjiang’s maw
Foreign Policy, March 31, 2019

Chinese authorities accused of intimidating Uyghurs in Australia
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 31, 2019

Pressure on Jacinda Ardern to raise her voice in China against treatment of Uyghur Muslims
New Zealand Herald, March 31, 2019

Uyghur man bids to save “most extraordinary mom in the world” from Chinese camp
Global Voices, March 31, 2019

China’s crackdown on Muslims is being felt beyond its borders
Vox, March 30, 2019

Xinjiang authorities free “model Chinese” parents of Uyghur exile following media interviews
Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2019

Chinese camp system evolving into Xinjiang archipelago? An individual’s level of religious devotion and Chinese-language skills are factors determining the severity of punishment, a researcher says
Eurasia Net, March 29, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

No escape? Chinese VIP jail puts AI monitors in every cell “to make prison breaks impossible”
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2019

Liu Xiaoyuan and at least two other Fengrui lawyers face imminent disbarment
China Change, March 31, 2019

Should a 12-year-old who killed his mother face the courts? China debates age of criminal responsibility
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

公开支持许章润的学者增加,当局加紧封锁 (Authorities tighten censorship as scholars speak up for fired Tsinghua University professor)
Voice of America, March 31, 2019

高校鼓励大学生告密 老师危机四伏 (Teachers in peril as universities encourage students to report their professors)
Radio France Internationale, March 30, 2019

《求是》杂志发表习近平总书记重要文章 (“Only socialism with Chinese characteristics can save China,” says Xi Jinping in latest Qiushi article: “Marxism must evolve with times, implementation, and development of technology”)
The Paper, March 31, 2019

Police in China’s Sichuan issue warning to man over smartphone VPN
Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2019

“学习强国” APP积分制民怨漫天 压力下遭取消 (“Study Xi” propaganda app no longer mandatory, ranking function removed as CPC officials complain about undue pressure)
Radio France Internationale, Mach 29, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China offering no proof against ex-Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, wife says
Agence France-Presse, March 31, 2019

Don’t mind the haters: Tibetan-Canadian student Chemi Lhamo brushes off pro-China cyberbullying campaign
Hong Kong Free Press, March 31, 2019

藏人导演、前政治犯日内瓦获颁勇气奖 (Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner receives 2019 Courage Award at Geneva human rights summit)
Voice of America, March 30, 2019

中國足協新規定 入籍球員須學國歌、明國情、讀黨史、培養愛國情懷 (New regulations say soccer players must learn national anthem, accept education on Chinese culture, study CPC history, and be patriotic)
The Stand News, March 30, 2019

Pneumoconiosis workers prevented from showing support for detained labor activist Wei Zhili
China Labour Bulletin, March 29, 2019

China bans another major protestant church in weekend raid
World Magazine, March 29, 2019

Chinese gay rights activists out to challenge censored cut of Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody
South China Morning Post, March 29, 2019

Chinese university strips dean of duties amid sexual misconduct investigation
South China Morning Post, March 29, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Call for UK to ban patients traveling to China for “organ tourism”
The Guardian, April 1, 2019

Overreaction to China threat could turn into McCarthyite Red Scare, says former U.S. official
South China Morning Post, March 31, 2019

“Too few jobs and too much debt”: UN rights envoy warns Laos of favoring China’s belt and road over its people
Associated Press, March 29, 2019

Why do some Chinese-Australians feel targeted by the Government’s new foreign influence laws?
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 29, 2019

Swine fever tests China's transparency credentials
Reuters, March 29, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Google blocks China adverts for sites that help bypass censorship
Financial Times, April 1, 2019

美国准备对海康威视等中国监控设备公司采取强硬立场 (U.S. to toughen stance against Chinese surveillance tech companies, including Hikvision)
Financial Times, March 29, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

港独青年的自白:政治与文化的中港撕裂 (Confessions of a pro-independence Hong Konger: The rift across the border is in both politics and culture)
BBC News, April 1, 2019

“Renowned scholar” to help Hong Kong activists win court case in Japan over Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine protest, lawyers say
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2019

被捕後疑在警車遭毆打 四社運人士向警方索償近90萬 (Four activists file lawsuit against police, claiming to have been beaten in police van after arrest)
The Stand News, April 1, 2019

Thousands march in Hong Kong over proposed extradition law changes
Reuters, March 31, 2019

In Pictures: 12,000 Hongkongers march in protest against “evil” China extradition law, organizers say
Hong Kong Free Press, March 31, 2019

【移交逃犯擬修例】回應反修例遊行 林鄭:有別有用心者鼓吹港獨 不會容忍 (Carrie Lam: Government will not retract extradition law amendment, people with “ulterior motives” are using public activity to incite independence)
Ming Pao, April 1, 2019

Open Letter: Dear Carrie Lam, Hongkongers risk unfair trials, torture and ill-treatment under new China extradition plan
Hong Kong Free Press, March 31, 2019

劉鑾雄申司法覆核 逃犯條例修訂 (Joseph Lau, billionaire and former CEO who was convicted in Macau, files judicial challenge against proposed extradition law amendment)
The Stand News, April 1, 2019

【移交逃犯】稱必在修例前離港 林榮基:不信港府會保障我人身安全 (“Will leave Hong Kong before amendment goes through,” says Causeway Bay bookseller Lam Wing-kee, citing lack of trust in Hong Kong government to protect him)
The Stand News, March 31, 2019

Only ministry-level mainland Chinese bodies will request extraditions from Hong Kong, says security chief John Lee
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2019

Occupy activists invoke spirit of Christian persecution as hundreds march in Hong Kong ahead of court judgment day
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2019

“Politically neutral” student union group rejected in by-election at Shue Yan University
Hong Kong Free Press, March 29, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China and the Dalai Lama play endgame for Tibet, and it’s going to be an unholy mess
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2019

「捍衛學術自由」還是「邊緣人出局」?荷蘭萊頓大學停辦孔子學院風波背後 (Behind Leiden University’s decision to close its Confucius Institute: Defending academic freedom, or simply eliminating risk?)
The Initium, March 29, 2019

In EU-China discussions, it’s time human rights took center stage
The Diplomat, March 29, 2019