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.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority
The Guardian, April 11, 2019

This man’s aunt was jailed days after he met with Mike Pompeo over China’s Muslim crackdown
BuzzFeed, April 9, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Shenzhen police arrest soldier-turned-entrepreneur Zhang Wei, calling his China Create Capital a “mafia-like gang”
South China Morning Post, April 11, 2019

前北大保安因拍摄批评习近平的视频而被逮捕 (Former Peking University security staff arrested over video criticizing Xi Jinping and Xinjiang internment camps)
Radio Free Asia, April 10, 2019

张军在最高检首次知名法学期刊主编座谈会上指出 积极推动开展法官检察官律师共同培训 (Procurator-General urges coordinated training to achieve fusion of work among judges, procurators and lawyers, in a unified legal professional body)(
Legal Daily, April 10, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

中国网军出征 维吾尔人权团体脸书遭洗版 (Cheered on by state media, China’s 50-cent army launches coordinated social-media spam attacks on Uyghur human rights organizations)
Deutsche Welle, April 11, 2019

中国当局进一步钳制境内一部分推特用户 (Authorities further clamp down on Twitter users within China)
Voice of America, April 10, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Podcast: China’s exploited tech workers fight back
SupChina, April 10, 2019

中国“码农”维权 996模式引起国际关注 (“Code-farmers” start campaign on Github to boycott Internet service companies in fight for better working conditions)
Radio Free Asia, April 10, 2019

女权活动人士郑楚然发起“假装自由”行动与网友合照声援丈夫 (, “Feminist Five” member Zheng Churan starts “pretend to be free” social media campaign to call for release of husband Wei Zhili)
Voice of America, April 10, 2019

US urges China to let blocked lawyer travel for fellowship
Channel NewsAsia, April 11, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

“Nothing ever changes”: Life after one of China’s deadliest chemical disasters
Independent, April 11, 2019

中国全面放宽落户限制,能否终结“撕裂的城镇化” (Would relaxation of hukou policies put an end to China’s “family-splintering urbanization”?)
BBC, April 11, 2019

How Taiwan’s presidential candidates see China, their biggest external threat
Voice of America, April 10, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

What you may not understand about China’s AI scene
MIT Technology Review, April 9, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

As prison looms, convicted Umbrella Movement activists urge Hongkongers to soldier on
Hong Kong Free Press, April 10, 2019

Video: UK MPs hold urgent debate on Hong Kong Umbrella Movement convictions and new China extradition law
Hong Kong Free Press, April 11, 2019

Harsh charges used against Occupy leaders could have “chilling effect” on future of social movement in Hong Kong, legal experts warn
South China Morning Post, April 11, 2019

【逃犯條例】拒公開公眾諮詢意見書 保安局:涉第三者資料 (Security Bureau claims 3,000 out of 4,500 consultation submissions support extradition laws amendment, but refuses to disclose documents for inspection citing confidentiality)
The Stand News, April 10, 2019

【逃犯條例】記協聯同十多傳媒機構 要求李家超公開會面 (Journalist organizations jointly demand public meeting with John Lee, Chief of Security Bureau, following letter on industry’s concerns over extradition laws amendment bill)
The Stand News, April 10, 2019

【逃犯條例】隨律師會訪京 張達明:張曉明無回應王全璋案,僅籲要明白國家法治的進步 (Law Society visits Beijing to discuss concerns over amendment to extradition laws, says authorities refused to respond to Wang Quanzhang case)
The Stand News, April 10, 2019

Commentary (评论)

李宇森:從佔中九子案判詞,再思考「公民抗命」還有甚麼可能性?(Further reflections on the possibilities of “civil disobedience” in light of Umbrella 9 verdict)
The Initium, April 11, 2019

公視專訪達賴喇嘛:談教育、生死、轉世和《病人自主權利法》(Interview with the Dalai Lama: Education, life and death, reincarnation, and the Patient Autonomy Act)
The Initium, April 10, 2019

认罪认罚从宽制度下如何防范错案 (Legal Daily commentary: How to prevent wrongful convictions under expedited procedures for criminals who plead guilty)
Legal Daily, April 10, 2019