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 19, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Saudi Arabia defends letter backing China’s Xinjiang policy
Reuters, July 18, 2019

China is building a global coalition of human rights violators to defend its record in Xinjiang; what is its endgame?
The Conversation, July 18, 2019

“Stain of the century”: US denounces China’s treatment of Uighurs
Al Jazeera, July 18, 2019

Trump meets survivors of religious persecution, jailed Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti’s daughter
Radio Free Asia, July 18, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Yang Hengjun: Australian writer detained in China expected to be charged, lawyer says
The Guardian, July 18, 2019

Prosecutors in China’s Sichuan pin “illegal business” charge on Early Rain pastor
Radio Free Asia, July 18, 2019

Background: Fu Changguo 付常国
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, July 18, 2019

Background: Ke Chengbing (柯成冰), Wei Zhili (危志立), Yang Zhengjun (杨郑君)
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, July 18, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Politically correct cross-dressing in China: Drag artists are tolerated if they look like Chinese opera stars
The Economist, July 18, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Taiwan independence hardliners set to form new party to challenge President Tsai Ing-wen
South China Morning Post, July 19, 2019

外交争论继续 捷克布拉格市长:中国不是可信的商业伙伴 (“China is not a trustworthy trade partner,” says Czech mayor who was criticized for supporting Taiwan)
Radio France Internationale, July 19, 2019

Thousands more expelled from Sichuan’s Yachen Gar Buddhist Center
Radio Free Asia, July 18, 2019

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang to take over US and Canada affairs office
South China Morning Post, July 18, 2019

Report flags how China conducts influence operations in Singapore
The Straits Times, July 18, 2019

China to tackle corruption in Belt and Road initiatives
Financial Times, July 18, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Two-thirds of Canadians reject closer ties to China and want Huawei banned from 5G networks, as attitudes rapidly harden, poll finds
South China Morning Post, July 19, 2019

Is Huawei a security threat? Vietnam isn’t taking any chances
The New York Times, July 18, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Tsai Ing-wen says “friends from Hong Kong” will be considered for asylum on humanitarian grounds
South China Morning Post, July 19, 2019

European Parliament adopts resolution calling for export controls on tech “used to violate basic rights” in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, July 18, 2019

欧洲议员:“香港的自治并非单纯中国内政” (European Parliamentarian: Hong Kong’s autonomy is not simply a matter of Chinese internal affairs)
Deutsche Welle, July 18, 2019

“Infinity war”: Hong Kong’s protesters dig in for a long summer of discontent
Reuters, July 18, 2019

Police remove fences and bus stops from near Hong Kong march site ahead of extradition bill protest planned for Sunday
South China Morning Post, July 19, 2019

Hong Kong police demand march organisers answer 32 questions before getting go-ahead, prompting fears freedom of assembly is being undermined
South China Morning Post, July 18, 2019

Hong Kong anti-extradition law demo set for Sunday, as pro-Beijing lawmakers urge gov’t to ban protests till Sept
Hong Kong Free Press, July 18, 2019

What Hong Kong’s man without a mask wants you to know
Christian Science Monitor, July 18, 2019

Commentary (评论)

一名中二學生的詰問:成立獨立調查委員會這樣普通的事 為什麼政府都不做 (Questions from a secondary school student: Why does the government refuse to do something as simple as set up an independent commission of inquiry?)
Stand News, July 19, 2019

Hong Kong’s police violence is stamped “Made in U.K.”
Foreign Policy, July 18, 2019

為保連儂隧道,手臂遭打斷三截,週一做手術,今日出院 蔡先生:「我係中國人,我反送中。」(Man who had arm broken while defending Lennon Wall: “I am Chinese. I oppose the extradition bill”), July 18, 2019

Is Duterte really asking for U.S. aid against China?
Foreign Policy, July 18, 2019

How to confront an advancing threat from China: Getting tough on trade is just the first step
Foreign Affairs, July 18, 2019

What happened when I opted out of face scanning at Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong Free Press, July 19, 2019

Much ado about data: How America and China stack up
Macro Polo, July 16, 2019