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, August 20, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Australian Uyghur gets surprise phone chat with incarcerated mother
Radio Free Asia, August 19, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

国旗抛落海官媒发文批评裁决 试图命令法官证实港人恐惧 (People’s Daily intervenes in judicial process for Hong Kong citizens arrested for throwing Chinese flag into Victoria Harbour)
Radio Free Asia, August 19, 2019

警察捉人法官放人 人民日报:唱的究竟是哪一出?(People’s Daily on Hong Kong: Police catch people, judges release them—what’s going on? )
Sina News, August 18, 2019

程渊家属发文促警方依法办案 (Family of detained NGO worker Cheng Yuan urges police to handle case according to law)
Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch, August 16, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

The “post-truth” publication where Chinese students in America get their news
New Yorker, August 19, 2019

Chinese state media labels Hong Kong pro-democracy figures “new Gang of Four” in fresh attacks
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2019

Translation: Hong Kong and the “modern aphasia” of Chinese patriots
China Digital Times, August 19, 2019

Mainland Chinese netizens face “pink terror” of patriotic trolls amid Hong Kong protests
Global Voices, August 19, 2019

China’s state media compared Hong Kong’s protests to the Holocaust
Quartz, August 19, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

聲援香港默站取消 澳門逾百警仍然噴水池嚴密佈防 帶走七人 二人仍未獲釋 (In Macao, silent gathering in solidarity with Hong Kong cancelled; Over 100 police officers guarded area, took away 7 people, 2 still not released)
Stand News, August 20, 2019

Canadian police escort worshippers as “bullying” pro-China protesters surround church holding prayers for Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, August 19, 2019

支持香港反修例 陈云飞出狱后屡遭逼迁 (Sichuan dissident Chen Yunfei forced to move several times for supporting Hong Kong protesters through online posts)
Radio Free Asia, August 19, 2019

Chinese pop stars back Beijing over Hong Kong protests
Deutsche Welle, August 19, 2019

外交部谈海外中国公民参加涉港游行:情理之中,要理性守法 (China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges overseas Chinese citizens participating in activities related to Hong Kong to abide by law)
The Paper, August 19, 2019

78岁高龄异议人士姚凯文流亡美国 (78-year-old dissident Yao Kaiwen in exile in U.S.)
Radio Free Asia, August 16, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

“A haven sheltering criminals”: China lashes Taiwan over asylum offer to Hong Kong protesters
Agence France-Presse, August 20, 2019

Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protest
Reuters, August 20, 2019

Teenage brides trafficked to China reveal ordeal: “Mom, I’ve been sold”
The New York Times, August 20, 2019

Xi calls on Party members to progress along Long March of new era
Sina English, August 18, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Facebook and Twitter Say China Is Spreading Disinformation in Hong Kong New York Times, August 20, 2019

Twitter and Facebook take down covert Chinese accounts that tried to undermine Hong Kong demonstrators
CNN, August 20, 2019

China’s disinformation on Hong Kong protests is on Twitter and Facebook
Quartz, August 20, 2019

Information operations directed at Hong Kong
Twitter, August 19, 2019

Removing coordinated inauthentic behavior from China
Facebook, August 19, 2019

美国商务部将46家华为子公司列入“实体清单” (U.S. adds 46 Huawei subsidiaries to entity list)
Voice of America, August 19, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Commission of inquiry is possible but let’s not look into individual police officers’ conduct” IPCC chief Anthony Neoh
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2019

【獨家】英領事館港職員 被指返內地失聯逾十日 警方駐粵辦調查 (British consulate’s local staff member missing for 10 days after trip to mainland China; customs confirms exit from Shenzhen but no entry into Hong Kong)
HK01, August 20, 2019


Three people wounded in knife attack at Lennon Wall in Hong Kong
Shanghaiist, August 20, 2019

將軍澳連儂隧道斬人案 一女兩男受傷送院 (One woman, two men injured in knife attack at Tseung Kwan O Lennon Wall)
Stand News, August 20, 2019

Hong Kong authorities still searching for answers over young woman’s brutal eye injury at protest outside Tsim Sha Tsui police station
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2019

爆眼女生是「黎智英得力助手」 遲遲不肯報案 疑點重重 (Woman whose eye was injured at protest refuses to report her case; rumours abound, fueled by Global Times)
Stand News, August 20, 2019

Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally
Reuters, August 18, 2019

Protesters call for pro-democracy “human chain” across Hong Kong on 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way
Hong Kong Free Press, August 19, 2019

In pictures: New Hong Kong protest ads urging int’l help appear in 11 newspapers worldwide
Hong Kong Free Press, August 19, 2019

連登」首批籲關注警暴廣告,於全球十國共11份報章刊登 (LIHKG Internet forum crowdfunds second round of international newspaper ads, publishing in 11 newspapers in 10 countries)
Initium, August 19, 2019

Hong Kong campaigner who organises protests against parallel trading and opposes extradition bill beaten by stick-wielding gang in Sha Tin
South China Morning Post, August 19, 2019

未成年抗爭:他們最漫長的暑假 (For young protesters, this is the slowest, longest summer holiday)
Initium, August 16, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Blinkered Chinese nationalists are trolling me - but once I was one of them
Sydney Morning Herald, August 20, 2019

Hong Kong protests need a political solution and that should start with withdrawing extradition bill, police watchdog chief Anthony Neoh says
South China Morning Post, August 20, 2019