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, April 12, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

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

新疆“十户联防” 普通人可棒杀“恐怖分子” (Xinjiang’s “10-household joint defense” regulations authorize citizens to beat “terrorists” to death; Muslims forced to memorize regulations, those late for rehearsals 3 times or who fail to recite articles accurately 10 times will be sent to camps)
Radio Free Asia, April 11, 2019

拒绝提供清真寺捐建名单 新疆人大代表命悬一线 (Imam and NPC delegate Nabigaly Askerbek jailed for refusing to disclose list of mosque donors, reportedly near death in prison)
Radio Free Asia, April 11, 2019

“CCP Orphans” in Kazakhstan: We want our parents back!
Bitter Winter, April 11, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

人民法院报刊文:坚决防止人为拔高或降低恶势力犯罪认定标准 (Commentary from People’s Court Paper urges prevention of arbitrarily changing definition of “vicious force,” stresses continuity, perpetuity and repetition)
The Paper, April 12, 2019

请问习总书记 这是扫黑还是抹黑 (Dear Xi Jinping: Is this anti-triad, or just plain smearing?)
Radio France Internationale, April 12, 2019

维权律师余文生因言被捕一年 妻见欧美官员促保余免受酷刑 (Wife of detained human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng meets foreign diplomats and human rights officers, urges pressure on Chinese authorities to protect Yu from torture)
Radio France Internationale, April 11, 2019

加官员:康明凯和斯帕弗 遭中方不见天日拘禁 (No daylight for jailed Korvig and Spavor, says Canadian official after meetings with lawyers and family denied and no charges raised)
Radio Free Asia, April 11, 2019

Chinese rights lawyer’s travel ban linked to defense of tortured colleague
Radio Free Asia, April 11, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

国家网信办持续推进APP乱象专项整治,关停清理3万余个 (Cyberspace Administration of China bans 30+k apps, solidifies responsibility of Internet service providers, app-sharing platforms, and social media platforms to cut off spread of illegal apps)
The Paper, April 12, 2019

Chinese nationalist group stages two-hour “attack” on Uygur websites
South China Morning Post, April 11, 2019

去年转发“女主播衣着暴露戴红领巾”视频,三地3网民被训诫 (Citizens cautioned by police for July 2018 reblogging video of red-scarf-wearing woman)
The Paper, April 11, 2019

Censored on WeChat: How a fatal bus accident in Chongqing symbolized China’s “left turn”
Global Voices, April 10, 2019

瑞典研究:台灣遭外國政府假消息攻擊 受害全球最嚴重 (Swedish studies show Taiwan is worst victim of fake news from foreign governments)
Citizen News, April 10, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese Catholics stage sit-in at second Shaanxi church threatened by demolition
Radio Free Asia, April 11, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Millions of Chinese youth “volunteers” to be sent to villages in echo of Maoist policy
Agence France-Presse, April 12, 2019

China’s state pension fund to run dry by 2035 as workforce shrinks due to effects of one-child policy, says study
South China Morning Post, April 12, 2019

The mysterious case of the disappearing China sanctions
Foreign Policy, April 11, 2019

倡武力統一旅美學者李毅 應邀赴台演講遭撤銷簽證限即日出境 (Taiwan revokes tourist visa of Chinese scholar who advocates military unification of Taiwan, citing national security grounds)
Ming Pao, April 11, 2019

37 Chinese firms and universities added to U.S. “unverified list,” telling suppliers to handle them with care
South China Morning Post, April 11, 2019

Local trade union officials express desire to support workers but acknowledge limitations
China Labour Bulletin, April 11, 2019

Human rights off the table at E.U.-China summit
China Digital Times, April 11, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Ban on TikTok app would harm free speech, China's Bytedance tells India's Supreme Court
Reuters, April 11, 2019

The man behind Huawei
Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Protecting rule of law in Hong Kong will be “uphill battle” says lawyers group, as they predict situation will get worse in city
South China Morning Post, April 12, 2019

法政匯思首份年度法治報告 批林鄭無視法治倒退質疑 「我們是否生活在兩個平行時空?」(In first annual rule-of- law report, Progressive Lawyers Group slams Carrie Lam’s indifference to receding rule of law in Hong Kong, claims she “lives in parallel universe”)
The Stand News, April 11, 2019

Hong Kong Rule of Law Report 2018: The Good Fight: Hong Kong’s Uphill Battle for the Rule of Law
Progressive Lawyers Group, 11 April, 2019

New chief of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunities Commission warns against “hastily made law” to protect sexual minority rights
South China Morning Post, April 12, 2019

Commentary (评论)

威权协商:中国政治发展的协商转向(一)(Authoritative deliberation: The change in negotiation strategies in China’s political development)
Financial Times, April 12, 2019

佔中九子裁決現場側記:一場平靜風暴 (Sidenote at the scene of the OC9 verdict: A silent storm)
The Initium, April 11, 2019

How Hungary’s path leads to China’s Belt and Road
The Diplomat, April 11, 2019

Feeling safe in the surveillance state
The New York Times, April 11, 2019

《無聲的入侵》:中國在紐澳「大撒幣」,作為統治世界的試驗場 (“Silent Invasion”: China is raining gold in New Zealand and Australia as a test site for ruling the world)
The News Lens, April 11, 2019

《無聲的入侵》:中共如何在澳洲各大學進行「思想工作」?(“Silent Invasion”: How China conducts “ideology work” in Australia’s universities)
The News Lens, April 11, 2019