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 16, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

“I was always in fear – I thought they would kill me”: Muslim women describe torture at hands of Chinese authorities in Xinjiang
The Telegraph, April 13, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Rainbow victory for China’s online lesbian community
South China Morning Post, April 16, 2019

为国家、民族铸魂,习近平提出四点希望 (Xi Jinping puts forward “four hopes” for “soul-forging” for the country, urging art and culture workers to “keep pace with the times, put people at the center, offer the best work to the people, and use virtue to set trends”)
The Paper, April 16, 2019

发布时政有害信息!@演员赵立新等29个头部账号被微博处置 (29 Weibo accounts shut down for spreading harmful messages on current affairs)
The Paper, April 16, 2019

The U.S. is losing a major front to China in the new Cold War
Bloomberg, April 15, 2019

港大研究:中国人工逐条审查删除“六四”等敏感信息 (Hong Kong University study reveals China used human censors to remove 1,000+ June Fourth-related photos from Weibo in 2012-2018)
Voice of America, April 15, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

No Short Skirt On Campus? Chinese Internet Users Are Waging War On A University’s Sexist Dress Code
SupChina, April 15, 2019

Communist Party reformer Hu Yaobang remembered in low-key ceremony
South China Morning Post, April 15, 2019

胡耀邦逝世30年:官方的沉默和网友自发悼念 (30th anniversary of Hu Yaobang’s death: Commemoration online, and silence from authorities)
BBC, April 15, 2019

刘晓波雕像揭幕典礼在布拉格举行 (Liu Xiaobo statue unveiled in Prague, in homage to Charta 77)
Radio Free Asia, April 15, 2019

我的六四:清华学生89年国庆跳楼自杀 (My June Fourth: Wang Debang speaks of 1989 Democracy activist Tang Juzie and his suicide)
Radio Free Asia, April 15, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese woman who entered Trump's Mar-a-Lago pleads not guilty
Reuters, April 16, 2019

New revelations in case of Chinese businesswoman arrested at Mar-a-Lago
The New York Times, April 15, 2019

China police detain 17 people after deadly chemical blast
Reuters, April 15, 2019

China’s mass rural youth volunteer program “aims to avoid unrest”
Radio Free Asia, April 15, 2019

修订后的《中华人民共和国政府信息公开条例》公布 (Amended “PRC Regulation on the Disclosure of Government Information” to go into effect May 15)
The Paper, April 15, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

One month, 500,000 face scans: How China is using A.I. to profile a minority
The New York Times, April 15, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

從「唔見得光」至鎂光燈下 傳媒充權或污名化性小眾? (From unseen corners to under the spotlight, are sexual minorities empowered or smeared by the media?), April 16, 2019

記協:公眾對去年香港新聞自由評分創新低 (Hong Kongers’ score for city’s press freedom reaches new low, says journalist organization)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 16, 2019

China facing its worst national security threats since cold war, says Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong, as he attacks unnamed political groups for foreign links
South China Morning Post, April 16, 2019

“Sham election”: Chaotic scenes as Indonesian expats storm Hong Kong polling station, claiming thousands denied vote
Hong Kong Free Press, April 16, 2019

Commentary (评论)

由“六四”造就的今日中国 (Today’s China, as made from June Fourth)
The New York Times, April 16, 2019

胡耀邦与中国未竟的现代性转型 (Hu Yaobang and the unfinished modernization of China)
Financial Times, April 16, 2019

The Taiwanese populist advancing China’s interests
The Atlantic, April 15, 2019