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 17, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uighurs in Australia go public to pressure China to release family members
SBS News, July 17, 2019

China slams Australian broadcaster over Xinjiang report as universities investigate claims
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

Four Corners’ forced labour exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes
The Conversation, July 15, 2019

What satellite imagery reveals about Xinjiang’s “re-education” camps and coerced labour
The Strategist, July 16, 2019

Network of Chinese concentration camps for Uighurs uncovered
The Washington Free Beacon, July 15, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

The families of fallen Chinese officials and oligarchs are taking to Twitter to seek justice
Quartz, July 17, 2019

Chinese court rejects appeal by veteran activist of subversion sentence
Radio Free Asia, July 16, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Confucius Institute Chinese language and culture teachers must “love the motherland” to apply
ABC News, July 17, 2019

Taiwan primaries highlight fears over China’s political influence
Financial Times, July 16, 2019

香港TVB、有线新闻、Now 电视台报道“反送中”抗议的细微差别背后 (How TVB, Cable News and Now TV differ in their reporting ofanti-extradition protests)
BBC News, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong protesters’ new target: a news station seen as China’s friend
The New York Times, July 15, 2019

舆论监控:官可反贪 民难反腐 (Censorship and narrative control: Chinese authorities increase monitoring of public opinion)
Radio Free Asia, July 16, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

A prosperous China says “men preferred,” and women lose
The New York Times, July 16, 2019

Wuhan’s good trade union official struggles to be heard
China Labour Bulletin, July 16, 2019

Dalai Lama representative dismisses Chinese pressure on India over reincarnation
Radio Free Asia, July 16, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Hong Kong professional groups and university student unions urge US politicians to pass bill on city’s democracy and rights
Hong Kong Free Press, July 17, 2019

「送中」恐受非人道待遇,捷克回絕中國引渡8台籍詐欺犯予以「國際保護」 (Czech government rejects China’s extradition requests and grants subsidiary protection to Taiwanese suspects, citing death sentence, inhumane treatment if repatriated)
The News Lens, July 17, 2019

Malaysia seized $240 million from Chinese company over pipeline project: PM Mahathir
Reuters, July 15, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China gives school pupils smart watches to track their location using its satellite navigation system BeiDou
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

How WeChat conquered Tibet
The Diplomat, July 16, 2019

华为监视系统即将进入菲律宾 中方提供贷款 (Philippines police to adopt Huawei surveillance system funded by Chinese loans)
Radio France Internationale, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

香港示威者當選《時代》25大互聯網具影響力人物 (Hong Kong protesters named in TIME’s list of 25 most influential people or groups on the Internet)
Ming Pao, July 17, 2019

The 25 most influential people on the Internet
TIME, July 16, 2019

眾志成員被控非法集結 警員警署內威嚇:打撚死你都得 (Demosisto members charged with unlawful assembly over Shatin protests; claim assault by police during detention and threats of being beaten to death), July 17, 2019

【重組.沙田衝突】是驅散還是圍捕? 警方如何觸發新城市廣場混戰 (Diffusion or entrapment? How police sparked chaos in Sha Tin’s shopping mall)
Stand News, July 17, 2019

新城市職員疑引警入商場 市民包圍詢問處促交代 (Sha Tin residents gather in shopping mall questioning management’s decision to let police enter during Sunday’s protest, turn customer service desk into Lennon Wall), July 17, 2019

Hongkongers besiege complaints desk of Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza demanding owner Sun Hung Kai explain why police entered mall during extradition bill protest
South China Morning Post, July 17, 2019

Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club renews call for independent inquiry into reports of police impeding journalists amid members’ criticism
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong gov’t deactivates functions on new smart lampposts amid privacy concerns
Hong Kong Free Press, July 17, 2019

莫乃光稱社會質疑智慧燈柱監控 倡政府推公眾諮詢 (Legislator urges public consultation for “smart streetlamps,” citing surveillance and privacy concerns)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 17, 2019

Hong Kong police anger has reached boiling point after force is cast as public enemy in extradition bill fiasco while protesters break law at will, insiders say
South China Morning Post, July 17, 2019

香港警察的自白:不愿夹在示威者与政府中间 (Confessions of a Hong Kong police officer: “I don’t want to be caught between protesters and the government”)
BBC, July 16, 2019

警稱民情高漲倡星期日集會改期 民陣拒絕 反建議遊行 (Police demand rescheduling Sunday’s rally to urge independent inquiry into police abuse, claiming “society’s spirits are high”; organizers refuse, propose march instead), July 16, 2019

Organisers planning another mass rally in Hong Kong warn police not to reject their request as move would effectively mean imposing curfew in city
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong protests find new purpose and momentum
Associated Press, July 16, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China’s campaign against the Uighurs demands a response: The evidence is mounting of China’s despicable strategy of cultural persecution in Xinjiang Province.
Bloomberg, July 16, 2019

Amnesty for Hong Kong extradition bill protesters would heal society and close rifts with mainland China
South China Morning Post, July 17, 2019

Hong Kong showed China is a threat to democracy. Now Europe must defend Taiwan
The Guardian, July 16, 2019

Beijing offers rare amnesty, but could it be a lost opportunity for China?
South China Morning Post, July 16, 2019

Ich bin ein Hong Konger
Foreign Policy, July 16, 2019

The backlash is growing against Xi Jinping in China and around the world
CNN, July 16, 2019

You can’t force people to assimilate. So why is China at it again?
The New York Times, July 16, 2019

Hong Kong needs to break the cycle of violence: An independent commission of inquiry could help authorities to learn lessons and promote reconciliation
Bloomberg, July 16, 2019