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, June 21, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

US sanctions over Xinjiang’s Uygur internment camps are “ready to go” except for Treasury hold-up due to trade war, sources say
South China Morning Post, June 21, 2019

China is trying to spy on Pakistan’s Uighurs
BuzzFeed News, June 20, 2019

Faith in ruins: China's vanishing beards and mosques
CNN, June 20, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Renewed calls to lower China’s age of criminal responsibility ignore benefits of non-custodial measures and lessons from abroad: Part I of II
Dui Hua Human Rights Journal, June 19, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Baidu removes 1.1 billion problematic ads as regulators clamp down
Caixin, June 20, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Is China headed towards another Cultural Revolution?: An interview with Professor Xu Youyu
Global Voices, June 21, 2019

香港逃犯条例:中港矛盾延烧至美国校园 (The wildfires of Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement: Cultural conflict spreads to US campuses)
BBC, June 21, 2019

Government should narrow campaign against “improper” place names, professor says
Caixin, June 20, 2019

Shanghai Sacred: Inside China's religious revival: A photo essay
The Guardian, June 20, 2019

A $300 billion rainbow economy is booming in the middle of China
Bloomberg, June 19, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

David Miliband: We’re living in an Age of Impunity
Axios, June 21, 2019

Be on alert for external “hostile forces,” Chinese security chief warns cadres
South China Morning Post, June 21, 2019

Trump offers “anything” to help Canada in rift with China
BBC, June 21, 2019

What Jean Chrétien has done to Canada on the Meng Wanzhou case
Maclean’s, June 19, 2019

U.S. human trafficking report: China, Iran, N. Korea worst offenders
United Press International, June 20, 2019

How China weaponized the global supply chain
National Review, June 20, 2019

“构建人类命运共同体,促进青少年参与可持续发展”创新示范项目在京启动 (Beijing commences pioneer project with UN volunteers on building a community with shared future)
People’s Daily, June 20, 2019
HRIC Note: China Song Ching Ling Foundation, Representative Office of United Nations Development Programme in China, UN Volunteers, and China International Centre For Economic & Technical Exchanges launched a joint “innovative demonstration project” on June 20 to promote a shared platform for volunteer work to “strengthen notions of a community with shared future in the hearts of youth.”

人权当道法律缺席: 台湾接济中国难民的矛盾处境 (Where human rights triumphs but the law lags behind: The dilemma of Taiwan’s acceptance of Chinese asylum seekers)
Deutsche Welle, June 20, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Google will not drop Dragonfly project for China, rejects human rights inquiry of “censorship engine”
Taiwan Times, June 20, 2019

Romney pushes to stop Trump from using Huawei to get trade deal
Bloomberg, June 20, 2019

Apple, Black & Decker and Steve Madden among US companies moving production out of China. Here’s the full list.
Fox Business, June 20, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

大批示威者包圍警總 要求與盧偉聰會面 (Protestors gather outside police headquarters demanding to speak with commissioner Stephen Lo)
Radio Television Hong Kong, June 21, 2019

Hong Kong government scrambles to save face as extradition bill backlash threatens to paralyse legislature
South China Morning Post, June 21, 2019

律師信要求速龍小隊展示警員編號 (Legislator Eddie Chu issues legal letter to commissioner of police demanding “raptors” police unit display ID numbers), June 20, 2019

Hong Kong activists complain police failed to display ID numbers, as security chief says uniform has “no room”
Hong Kong Free Press, June 21, 2019

【612 衝突】網民製警暴合集短片 配中英日字幕 望國際關注 (Compilation: Citizens create video showing police brutality in hopes of capturing international attention)
The Stand News, June 21, 2019

荃灣港安稱有應警方要求通報疑槍傷個案 指存灰色地帶 (Police demand hospital in Tsuen Wan report patients that took part in protests; )
Radio Television Hong Kong, June 21, 2019
HRIC Note: In response to a request from the police, staff of the hospital in Tsuen Wan redirected a patient with rubber bullet wound to another public hospital, and then called the police. The protester was arrested when he sought further medical attention.

行政長官是否有權承諾撤銷對示威者的控罪?(Does the Chief Executive have the power to promise not to press charges against protesters?), June 21, 2019

“It’s a miracle to be in Hong Kong”: A refugee’s tale, one of 70 million
South China Morning Post, June 21, 2019

Commentary (评论)

孔傑榮:香港「暫緩」修訂逃犯條例,無法改變中國刑事司法醜陋現實 (Jerome Cohen: “Suspending” extradition amendments in Hong Kong does not change the ugly truth of criminal justice in China)
The Initium, June 20, 2019

Why independent investigation of the systematic Hong Kong police attack on peaceful protesters on June 12 is urgently needed
Kong Tsung-gan, June 20, 2019

The people of Hong Kong need more than an end to the extradition bill – we want genuine democracy
Independent, June 20, 2019

Do not teach English in China and why everyone should read this
China Law Blog, June 19, 2019