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 08, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China’s hard edge: The leader of Beijing’s Muslim crackdown gains influence
Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2019

A wave of Islamic countries started to stand up to China over its persecution of its Muslim minority, but then they all got spooked
Business Insider, April 8, 2019

批评中国新疆政策的伊斯兰国家被迫转变立场 (Islamic countries vocal against China’s Xinjiang policies forced to change their stance)
Voice of America, April 7, 2019

China confirms Xinjiang detention of Australian Uyghur’s wife, mother
Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2019

Five Australian children trapped in China amid Uyghur crackdown
The Guardian, April 5, 2019

How China turned a city into a prison: A surveillance state reaches new heights
The New York Times, April 4, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tibet dissident's long jail sentence called “state secret”
Voice of America, April 5, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China interrogated Australian residents over ties to Turnbull government adviser
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, April 8, 2019

張學友《人間道》遭大陸 Apple Music 下架 疑因暗喻六四 (Jacky Cheung song released 30 years ago commenting on June Fourth is removed from Apple Music in China)
The Stand News, April 7, 2019

In China, an app about Xi is impossible to ignore, even if you try
The New York Times, April 7, 2019

How China’s consulate bullied local council, media over “anti-China ties”
Sydney Morning Herald, April 6, 2019

UK university removes reference to Taiwan as a country on map after Chinese student backlash
Hong Kong Free Press, April 6, 2019

中国高校的“教学信息员”到底做什么? (“Education information officers”: What do these university students who report on their teachers do?)
Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2019

清华学生举报老师“反党违宪”,告密之风引中国文革忧虑 (Second Tsinghua University professor reported by student as “anti-party,” drawing concerns about another cultural revolution)
BBC News, April 5, 2019

高校收集学生社媒信息 管师生管网络不管隐私权? (Chinese universities ask students for their social media account handles, sparking online uproar)
Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese city calls in riot police as angry investors protest outside P2P lender’s headquarters
South China Morning Post, April 7, 2019

千名台湾人游行反“一国两制” 香港移民下跪吁守护港台民主 (1,000 Taiwan citizens march to oppose One Country, Two Systems)
Radio Free Asia, April 7, 2019

“My dream is that China splits up into 10 or so countries”: Beijing a “threat to world” says dissident writer Liao Yiwu
Agence France-Presse, April 6, 2019

Who’s Chinese? The farmer-turned-livestreaming star who’s challenging China’s ideas of racial identity
Radii China, April 5, 2019

民众清明悼念赵紫阳 “天安门母亲”遭监控 (Surveillance tighter than ever for Tiananmen Mothers and Zhao Ziyang’s family on tomb-sweeping day)
Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Civilizing China? A contentious social credit system moves boldly forward
Channel NewsAsia, April 8, 2019

新版个人征信报告将上线 拖欠水费也可能影响信用 (People’s Bank of China to implement new criteria for credit rating, including spouse information, bill payment records, administrative sanctions, rewards)
Legal Daily, April 7, 2019

U.S. prepares to open new de facto embassy in Taipei amid “policy shift” on Taiwan
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2019

“Province” tweet deleted by UN group amid ire
Taipei Times, April 6, 2019

China refuses to give up “developing country” status at WTO despite U.S. demands
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2019

China ousts reformist official who called Made in China 2025 “waste”
Nikkei Asian Review, April 5, 2019

UK lawmakers say China “subverts” global rights norms, erodes Hong Kong’s freedoms
Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2019

China and the Rules-Based International System
United Kingdom Parliament, April 4, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

By spying on Huawei, U.S. found evidence against the Chinese firm
Reuters, April 5, 2019

Chinese parents want students to wear dystopian brainwave-detecting headbands
SupChina, April 5, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong museum commemorating 1989 Tiananmen Massacre vandalized
Hong Kong Free Press, April 8, 2019

“I am not afraid”: Hong Kong Occupy leader Benny Tai holds rally in Tung Chung as verdict looms for role in 2014 protests
South China Morning Post, April 8, 2019

A small change for a government website. A lot of symbolism for Hong Kong democrats
South China Morning Post, April 8, 2019

全體法律界選委發聲明 要求撤回逃犯條例修訂 (All 30 legal sector members of the Election Committee sign public statement urging retraction of extradition law amendments)
The Stand News, April 8, 2019

Hong Kong’s new China extradition law may affect current UK rendition agreement, British politicians say
Hong Kong Free Press, April 8, 2019

Hong Kong’s proposed fugitive law allowing transfer of suspects to mainland China “needs cut-off date for past cases”
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2019

【遺失選民登記冊】選舉事務處:涉葵青區 8000 人 資料包括身份證、有否投票等 (Registration and Electoral Office kept quiet for 2 years about losing booklet containing personal information of 8,000 voters, including ID and voting records)
The Stand News, April 5, 2019

早報:港人眾籌登《蘋果日報》頭版廣告諷刺梁振英,支持他「取代」習近平 (Hongkongers crowdfund front-page ad in Apply Daily to deride CY Leung’s criticism of the paper’s advertisers)
The Initium, April 8, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Three ways Hong Kong can respond to UN human rights concerns: The world is watching
South China Morning Post, April 8, 2019

Bulldozing mosques: The latest tactic in China’s war against Uyghur culture
The Guardian, April 7, 2019

江蘇響水大爆炸,一場扭曲政績價值觀和輿論管控的「人禍」(The chemical explosion in Xiangshui: A man-made tragedy of twisted values about political achievement, control over public opinion)
The News Lens, April 7, 2019

Why Hong Kong’s young people are dropping out of the great debate on the city’s future
Hong Kong Free Press, April 6, 2019

媒体自由不自律 台湾政府能否驱离红色阴影? (With the media free but not self-disciplined, can Taiwan’s government eradicate the “red shadow”?)
Deutsche Welle, April 4, 2019

依信而治:社會信用作為一種統治工具的解析和傷害 (“Rule of Trust”: Dissecting social credit as a tool of tyranny, and the harm it brings)
The Initium, April 4, 2019