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, June 17, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China says reached “broad consensus” with U.N. after Xinjiang visit
Reuters, June 16, 2019

“Deep concerns”: US objects to UN counterterrorism chief's visit to Xinjiang
The Guardian, June 15, 2019

Rights czar visit to China contingent on “full access” to Xinjiang internment camps: UN
Radio Free Asia, June 14, 2019

Belgium’s Beijing embassy calls Chinese cops on Uighur family: Belgian officials say their small country can't risk offending China
Foreign Policy, June 14, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

藏匿4年中国政治犯投案请求台湾庇护 (After hiding for 4 years, Chinese dissident seeks asylum in Taiwan, citing fears over Hong Kong extradition law)
Radio Free Asia, June 14, 2019

China’s love for online shopping goes behind bars
Inkstone, June 12, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Authorities call for incineration of legal journal
China Media Project, June 16, 2019

Communist Party journal lays out China’s trade war stance ahead of possible Xi-Trump talks
South China Morning Post, June 16, 2019

Shanghai film festival cancels “The Eight Hundred”
China Digital Times, June 14, 2019

Academic freedom: Universities must take a stance or risk becoming complicit with Chinese government interference
The Conversation, June 14, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese activists seek U.N. investigation into Tiananmen crackdown
Reuters, June 17, 2019

HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project: profiles of June Fourth Victims
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“They killed my mother, they arrested my father”: Sister Zou Demei’s Father’s Day reflections
Bitter Winter, June 16, 2019

Hong Kong extradition protests spark fears in democratic Taiwan
Radio Free Asia, June 14, 2019

People in China are using song lyrics as code to voice support for Hong Kong
Quartz, June 14, 2019

“Rioters” or “fighters”? Hong Kong’s mainland Chinese are split by protests
Quartz, June 14, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Donald Trump to raise Hong Kong extradition protests with Xi Jinping at G20, Mike Pompeo says
Agence France-Presse, June 17, 2019

Macau set for vote on new leader
Standard, June 17, 2019

Hong Kong’s retreat chips away at Xi Jinping’s iron image
The New York Times, June 16, 2019


How Hong Kong’s leader made the biggest political retreat by China under Xi
The New York Times, June 17, 2019

At SCO Summit, India holds off on endorsing China’s Belt and Road project
Hindustan Times, June 16, 2019

Nepal schools make Mandarin compulsory after China offers to pay teachers’ salaries
Times of India, June 15, 2019

Why foreign governments are so worried about Hong Kong’s extradition law
Quartz, June 14, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Samsung’s last China smartphone factory closing, raising questions about China’s role in global value chains
South China Morning Post, June 15, 2019

China investigates FedEx over “misrouted” Huawei parcel deliveries
South China Morning Post, June 14, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Almost 2 million attended anti-extradition law demo, say organisers, as protesters bed in around gov’t HQ
Hong Kong Free Press, June 17, 2019

6.16 大遊行 再佔夏慤道 民陣:「二百萬零一人」參與遊行 (2 million + 1: Crowds take to streets again in largest march in Hong Kong’s history)
The Stand News, June 17, 2019

Hong Kong protests: Pressure builds on Carrie Lam as public rejects apology
Guardian, June 17, 2019

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong freed from jail, vows to join mass protests
Reuters, June 17, 2019

【6.16 大遊行】「黃雨衣」墮樓男子悼念者不絕ㅤ謹記逝者遺言 (“Man in the yellow raincoat”: Countless Hong Kongers mourn protester who fell to his death, take up his final plea)
The Stand News, June 17, 2019

【逃犯條例】催淚彈擊中急救站 陳沛然:警可區別救護員與示威者 (Medical sector legislator condemns police for firing tear gas at citizens’ first aid stations)
HK01, June 15, 2019

周庭代表律師指選舉主任無權拒絕接納已簽署確認書 (Disqualified legislator Agnes Chow’s lawyer argues: Returning Officer had no right to reject signed confirmation that she will uphold the Basic Law)
Radio Television Hong Kong, June 17, 2019

LGBT couple in landmark Hong Kong case say coming forward was vital to give encouragement to others who still feel the need to hide their sexuality
South China Morning Post, June 16, 2019

How did one of the safest cities in the world descend into violence?
CNN, June 13, 2019

Commentary (评论)

方志信:612清場,香港警察的戰略和戰術失當 (Forced dispersal on June 12: The strategic and tactical mistakes made by police)
The Initium, June 17, 2019

Hong Kong is not China yet, but that feared day is coming ever nearer
Guardian, June 16, 2019

Why I marched against the extradition bill alongside a million Hong Kong people
South China Morning Post, June 16, 2019

“The Shanghai Free Taxi” delves deep into China’s troubles
NPR, June 16, 2019

After the Hong Kong extradition bill row, will a national security law be next on the cards?
Hong Kong Free Press, June 15, 2019

What does Hong Kong people’s refusal of the extradition bill mean for China’s global extradition agenda and international image?
Jerome A. Cohen, June 15, 2019

Chinese youth can’t be blamed for their missing sense of history
South China Morning Post, June 14, 2019

Up the creek with Carrie the crocodile
Hong Kong Economic Journal, June 14, 2019