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, July 16, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uyghur man dies in Xinjiang internment camp after sacking over Muslim prayers
Radio Free Asia, July 15, 2019

Which countries are for or against China’s Xinjiang policies?
The Diplomat, July 15, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Death of “barefoot lawyer” puts focus on China’s treatment of political prisoners
The Guardian, July 15, 2019

Canadian citizen detained in China as row continues over Huawei chief
Agence France Presse, July 15, 2019

【视频】中国证实山东逮捕涉毒加拿大留学生 (China confirms Canadian student’s detention in Shandong drug case)
Radio France Internationale, July 15, 2019

Foreigners in China face increasing harassment, detention
China Digital Times, July 15, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Hong Kong protests: Why Chinese media reports focus on Britain’s colonial past
The Conversation, July 15, 2019

Extremist mobs? How China’s propaganda machine tried to control the message in the Hong Kong protests
The Conversation, July 15, 2019

China movie studio embraces Communist Party as industry turns red: Huayi Brothers pledges allegiance after suffering huge losses through censorship
Nikkei Asian Review, July 14, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese teacher banned from classroom after teenage girl records abusive rants
South China Morning Post, July 15, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

I will myself decide my successor: Dalai Lama
India West, July 15, 2019

Disregard for China’s Dalai Lama could affect ties: Beijing
Times of India, July 14, 2019

Travel restrictions imposed on Sichuan’s Yachen Gar Buddhist Center
Radio Free Asia, July 15, 2019

New phase of expulsions at important Buddhist institute leads to rounding up of monks and nuns for “re-education”
International Campaign for Tibet, July 15, 2019

Former US national security adviser Susan Rice calls Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian “a racist disgrace” after Twitter tirade
South China Morning Post, July 15, 2019

Chinese diplomat defends China’s Xinjiang policy with old-fashioned racism
SupChina, July 15, 2019

北京痛批蔡英文以民主谋台独 (Beijing accuses Tsai Ing-wen of “using democracy to advocate for Taiwan independence”)
Radio France Internationale, July 15, 2019

Xi’s article on CPC political work to be published
Sina, July 15, 2019

增强推进党的政治建设的自觉性和坚定性 (Enhancing advancement of conscientious and steadfast Party political work)
Qiu Shi, July 15, 2019

教会牧师家人赴美遭禁 河南一教堂成“传习所” (Daughter of Zion Church pastor banned from going to U.S. to study; church in Henan turned into “Xi Jinping preaching center” for rural villagers)
Radio Free Asia, July 15, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

How unwitting users of WeChat aid the Chinese messaging app’s blacklisting of sensitive images
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

Even China’s state media can’t escape WeChat’s expanding image censorship
Quartz, July 15, 2019

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel takes aim at Google for agreeing to work closely with China
Bloomberg, July 15, 2019

Facial and emotional recognition: How one man is advancing artificial intelligence
CBS News, July 14, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Jailed Hong Kong activist Avery Ng released on bail pending appeal over anti-graft body info leak
Hong Kong Free Press, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong protesters to target annual book fair and Beijing-owned Sino United Publishing
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

2019 Hong Kong protests against extradition bill: A brief timeline
Human Rights in China, July 9, 2019

Head wounds, a severed finger, police and protesters in hospital: How a peaceful rally in Hong Kong descended into bloodshed and chaos in Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza mall
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

沙田警民衝突仍有6人留院 警方拘捕47人 (6 still in hospital following clashes in Shatin; 47 arrested)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong’s biggest developer faces backlash from extradition bill protesters who blame it for violent clashes with police in group’s upmarket Sha Tin mall
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong human rights activists denounce escalating violence used by police and protesters in ongoing extradition battles
South China Morning Post, July 15, 2019

2400人與絕食者苦行到禮賓府請願 林鄭拒現身 (2,400 march with hunger strikers to Chief Executive residence demanding dialogue, Carrie Lam refuses to meet them), July 15, 2019

【警察抗命?】員佐級協會促管理層保障警員 如無改善會徵詢律師尋「更有效方法」(Junior Police Officers’ Association urges police chiefs to “better protect” frontline officers, vows to seek “more effective methods” if no improvement)
The Stand News, July 15, 2019

Hong Kong police demand better protection ahead of more protests
Reuters, July 15, 2019

Commentary (评论)

論香港警察(一):警隊為何敢於攻擊香港市民? (On Hong Kong Police: Why do police officers dare attack citizens?), July 16, 2019

Protest violence should not be the focus. Young or old, Hongkongers just want a better government
South China Morning Post, July 15, 2019