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, April 09, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

研究者:新疆清真寺遭“铲除” 维族文化恐失根 (Uyghur culture risks eradication as Xinjiang’s mosques are systematically demolished, study shows)
Deutsche Welle, April 8, 2019

With pressure and persuasion, China deflects criticism of its camps for Muslims
The New York Times, April 8, 2019

The future of the fight to preserve Uyghur culture
SupChina, April 8, 2019

新疆“扫黑除恶”行动 前年被捕商人等13人被判刑 (13 businessmen sentenced to prison in Xinjiang’s anti-triad campaign, some Kazakhs challenge validity of charges)
Radio Free Asia, April 8, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

性感女主播戴紅領巾捕魚 涉尋釁滋事拘留12日 (Female streamer wearing red scarf in fishing video is seen as insulting to martyrs, is detained for 12 days for “picking quarrels” )
Ming Pao, April 9, 2019

辱罵四川山火殉職消防 汕頭網民涉尋釁滋事被捕 (Man arrested for “picking quarrels” after posting derogatory comments about Sichuan firefighters killed in rescue)
Ming Pao, April 8, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

扫黄打非办:要求网络企业彻底清理存量低俗信息 (Office for “Eradicating pornography and illegal publications” begins 8-month campaign to clean out inappropriate content)
Beijing News, April 9, 2019
HRIC Note: The campaign covers content that is: obscene or pornographic; contrary to marriage and family morals; “of low-class interest, such as parody and satire”; and brutal and violent. The campaign targets online literature, live-streams, short videos, games, and mobile app platforms such as Weibo and WeChat; and will urge Internet access service providers and app stores not to service those “lacking in quality.”

Chinese universities ordered to spy on staff, students in ideological crackdown
Radio Free Asia, April 8, 2019

疑蠢人作怪 于建嵘六神磊磊童大焕遭微博禁言封号 (More scholars silenced on Weibo for “damaging messages about current affairs”)
Radio France Internationale, April 8, 2019

杨恒均中国“被失踪”案:澳大利亚媒体揭秘幕后原因 (Australian media uncover motive in China’s disappearance of Yang Hengjun)
BBC News, April 8, 2019

Why are Australian politicians intensifying their presence on Chinese social media platforms?
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, April 8, 2019

The hottest app in China teaches citizens about their leader, and, yes, there’s a test
The New York Times, April 8, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Thousands march in democratic Taiwan to reject Chinese rapprochement or rule
Radio Free Asia, April 8, 2019

Tech employees’ work schedule protest censored
China Digital Times, April 8, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China to relax residency curbs, boost infrastructure in new urbanization push
Reuters, April 8, 2019

中国取消、放宽大中城市落户限制 (China to cancel, relax hukou transfer restrictions for mid-sized and large cities, respectively)
Radio Free Asia, April 8, 2019

哈媒:“一带一路”为哈萨克斯坦带来生态危机 (BRI brings ecological crisis for Kazakhstan, say local media)
Radio Free Asia, April 8, 2019

Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago had a hidden camera detector, prosecutors say
The New York Times, April 8, 2019

Chinese governments clear rural tombs for farmland
Financial Times, April 6, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Is Huawei a “foreign power” or an “agent of a foreign power” under FISA? Insights from the sanctions case
LawFare, April 8, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

9 Hong Kong democracy advocates convicted for role in 2014 protests
The New York Times, April 9, 2019

British colonial gov’t was opposed to a Hong Kong-China extradition agreement, declassified files show
Hong Kong Free Press, April 9, 2019

Hong Kong court partially upholds policy granting special land rights to male villagers
Hong Kong Free Press, April 8, 2019

Commentary (评论)

The widening rift between the U.S. and China: Worsening relations between the two largest economies in the world could lead to disaster
The Nation, April 9, 2019

Closing the umbrella? The verdict on democracy in Hong Kong
Channel NewsAsia, April 9, 2019

China’s thousandfold Guantánamos: With China's assault on scores of leading academics and intellectuals, business as usual is no longer possible
Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2019

Book review: Oil and Water: Being Han in Xinjiang
Asia Dialogue, April 8, 2019

How should Europe handle relations with China?
ChinaFile, April 8, 2019