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, July 12, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China hints at Xinjiang policy shift ahead of key summit chaired by Xi Jinping
South China Morning Post, July 12, 2019

China’s policy of mass detentions in Xinjiang “has nothing to do with terrorism”: US anti-terror czar
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2019

海外维族人: 中国政府试图利用家人逼我噤声 (Overseas Uyghurs: China is using our family members in Xinjiang to silence our public criticism of the camps)
How China intimidates Uighurs abroad by threatening their families
Deutsche Welle, July 11, 2019

Uighur-Australians welcome global condemnation of China’s detention centres
SBS News, July 11, 2019

外交部就新疆問題向22國嚴正交涉 敦促尊重事實 (China criticizes states for “politicizing human rights issues” and “interfering in China’s internal affairs” through joint letter to Human Rights Council)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 11, 2019

Urumqi 2009 and the road to Xinjiang re-education centers
The Diplomat, July 11, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Situation still dire for rights lawyers four years on
China Digital Times, July 11, 2019

China: End deaths in extrajudicial detention & torture by deprived medical treatment
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, July 11, 2019

Tibetan nuns beaten by Chinese guards for “weeping” in detention
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Pocari Sweat, Pizza Hut’s mainland China offices distance themselves from Hong Kong franchises over “TVB bias” in coverage of extradition bill protests
South China Morning Post, July 12, 2019

转载“反送中”视频惹祸 诗人王藏被指“寻衅滋事” (Yunnan poet held and questioned for re-blogging video of Hong Kong singer Denise Ho’s speech at United Nations Human Rights Council)
Radio Free Asia, July 11, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Mainlanders among Hong Kong protesters, though many stay away
Agence France-Presse, July 11, 2019

“A sort of eco-dictatorship”: Shanghai grapples with strict new recycling laws
The Guardian, July 11, 2019

Two Beijing art districts abruptly evicted to make way for demolition
The Art Newspaper, July 11, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

习近平外交思想理论研讨会在京举行 (Hundreds from schools, think tanks, research centers attend conference to study theories on Xi Jinping Thought on diplomacy)
People’s Daily, July 11, 2019

A Koch executive’s harassment in China adds to fears among visitors
The New York Times, July 11, 2019

The overseas expansion and evolution of Chinese state-owned enterprises
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, July 11, 2019

The Philippines sided with China after a boat was rammed. Critics say it’s all about money.
Washington Post, July 11, 2019

What is the evidence of “forced organ harvesting” in China?
Journal of Political Risk, July 9, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

How U.S. tech giants are helping to build China’s surveillance state
The Intercept, July 11, 2019

The “water attack” of Chinese tech exec opens a flood gate of complaints against the company
Global Voices, July 11, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Extradition bill crisis: Why are the young people of Hong Kong angry and deeply unhappy?
South China Morning Post, July 12, 2019

Nearly 1 in 10 people in Hong Kong likely to have depression, according to HKU survey conducted during extradition bill crisis
South China Morning Post, July 11, 2019

【6.12一個月】疑中催淚彈後遺症 港台外判司機全身多處流膿 (RTHK van driver cannot afford treatment of complications from teargas during protest after insurance company refuses his claim on basis of government’s “riot” designation)
Apple Daily, July 12, 2019

Video of assault on Hong Kong activist spurs outrage
Inkstone, July 11, 2019

大埔連儂牆被撕 街坊阻止遇襲 手臂骨折 香港仔連儂牆有人縱火被捕 (Lennon Wall attackers break citizen’s arm; police arrest several for assault, suspected arson)
The Stand News, July 12, 2019

Two retired policemen among three people arrested over clashes sparked by “Lennon Walls,” Hong Kong’s latest show of defiance against hated extradition bill
South China Morning Post, July 11, 2019

新聞界周日靜默遊行 促警方遵從警例尊重新聞自由 (Journalists to hold silent march on Sunday, urging police to follow proper procedure, respect press freedom)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 11, 2019

7.17 銀髮族遊行 「老而不廢撐後生仔」(“Old but not invalid,” elderly to take to the streets in “silver haired march” on July 17 in solidarity with young protesters)
Stand News, July 11, 2019

Parents, friends remember Hong Kong protester “Raincoat Man” who died fighting extradition law
Associated Press, July 11, 2019

【梁凌杰設靈】萬人風雨中悼念:願珍惜生命,一齊行下去 (Over 10,000 attend memorial for “Raincoat Man,” first protester who died in anti-extradition movement), July 11, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong’s political instability means 2020 could be the endgame for “one country, two systems”
South China Morning Post, July 12, 2019

黑色六月 — 五金佬的自白 (“Can this face mask block teargas?”: A hardware store owner’s account)
The Stand News, July 11, 2019

The right way to deal with Huawei: The United States needs to compete with Chinese firms, not just ban them
Foreign Affairs, July 11, 2019

How a Hong Kong tax assessment decision could influence attitudes towards LGBT+ rights across Asia
The Conversation, July 11, 2019

Hong Kong’s propaganda battle is playing out in the media — and in cyberspace
Washington Post, July 11, 2019

Could Hong Kong become another Estonia?
The Diplomat, July 11, 2019