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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Four years on, China's crackdown still suppressing human rights lawyers, clients
Radio Free Asia, July 9, 2019

专访: 709大抓捕对维权律师是一个“清洗” (Interview with Teng Biao: 709 crackdown was a “clearing” of rights defense lawyers”)
Deutsche Welle, July 9, 2019

709事件四周年 德国政府表示担忧 (709 crackdown “remains a source of great concern,” says German embassy in China on 4th anniversary)
Deutsche Welle, July 9, 2019

Sweden rejects China's request to extradite former official over “embezzlement of US$11 million”
Reuters, July 9, 2019

Analysis of Sweden’s decision to bar extradition to China
RSDL Monitor, July 9, 2019

瑞典法院拒绝向中国引渡“红通”第三号人物 (Swedish court refuses China’s extradition request for INTERPOL Red Notice fugitive citing risk of political persecution, noncompliance of judicial system with international human rights law)
Deutsche Welle, July 9, 2019

Former prisoner takes on China’s “so-called” justice system
Newsroom NZ, July 5, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China’s government mulls special stake in as it looks to control the flow of information on trade, economics
South China Morning Post, July 10, 2019

Banned at home, Twitter becomes a new tool for Chinese diplomats abroad
Washington Post, July 9, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Being transgender in China: Activist on her struggles, and surgeon on his patients’ biggest challenge
South China Morning Post, July 10, 2019

Chinese rural doctors threaten mass resignations for being overworked and underpaid
South China Morning Post, July 9, 2019

The shifting patterns of labour protests in China present a challenge to the union
China Labour Bulletin, July 9, 2019

香港尖沙咀游行:示威者和大陆游客 “聊聊自由” (“Let’s talk freedom”: Hong Kong protesters meet mainland tourists in anti-extradition march in Kowloon)
BBC, July 9, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Xi Jinping continues his quest for absolute Party control
The Diplomat, July 10, 2019

Xi highlights Party building in central Party, state institutions
Xinhua, July 9, 2019

China's Xi tells officials not to be lazy and “spend whole day eating”
Reuters, July 9, 2019

A billionaire’s fall spotlights child sexual abuse in China
The New York Times, July 10, 2019

Beijing should avoid “punishing” Canada over Huawei case, cautions Ottawa’s ex-ambassador to China
South China Morning Post, July 10, 2019

The other Tiananmen Papers
ChinaFile, July 8, 2019

U.S.-China diplomacy after Tiananmen: Documents from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library
ChinaFile, July 8, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

US announces significant relaxation of Huawei ban
Financial Times, July 10, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

黃之鋒岑敖暉入表選管會 求核實區會參選資格 (Lester Shum and Joshua Wong seeks opinion from election authorities on candidacy for District Council elections)
Ming Pao, July 10, 2019

800人聯署反對區選引入確認書 促勿再DQ參選人 (“Confirmation” mechanism used to disqualify LegCo by-election candidates to be introduced in upcoming District Council elections, 800 people sign joint letter in opposition), July 9, 2019

More rallies planned and dialogue rejected, as anti-extradition activists blast “wordplay” by Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, July 9, 2019

Post-it notes are the new weapon of choice for Hong Kong’s protesters
Quartz, July 9, 2019

Hong Kong protesters are fueled by a broader demand: More democracy
The New York Times, July 9, 2019

Hong Kong’s summer of discontent is far from over: Attempts to introduce a new extradition law may have “died a natural death” but protesters grievances run far deeper
New Statesman, July 9, 2019

陳伯絕食逾 150 小時 數十市民探訪遊說暫停 (Crowds urge protester to pause hunger strike after over 150 hours as health condition deteriorates)
The Stand News, July 9, 2019

“Every one of us counts”: Hong Kong protesters mobilise to promote mental health awareness
Agence France-Presse, July 9, 2019

China's PLA signals it will keep Hong Kong-based troops in barracks
Reuters, July 9, 2019

有傳「社會信用體系」將在港實施 聶德權澄清絕無此事 (Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs rushes to deny social credit system will be implemented in Hong Kong)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 9, 2019

It’s curtains for mainland “dama” singers in Tuen Mun Park as Hong Kong authorities announce zone closure after protest against noise pollution and indecency
South China Morning Post, July 9, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Was Hong Kong protesters’ occupation of the legislature a dangerous trap laid by police?
Hong Kong Free Press, July 9, 2019

Hong Kong’s last major riots reshaped the city into the one we know today
Quartz, July 9, 2019

Hong Kong’s new political lexicon
LA Times, July 8, 2019