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, September 06, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China hacked Asian telcos to spy on Uighur travelers: sources
Reuters, September 5, 2019

路透:为北京服务的黑客侵入亚洲电信公司系统监控维族人行踪 (Beijing’s hackers breached Asian telecoms systems to spy on Uyghurs)
Voice of America, September 5, 2019

Xinjiang officials must keep up the pressure in the run-up to China’s National Day, says local party chief Chen Quanguo
South China Morning Post, September 5, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tibetan monk gets three-year prison term after being held for more than a year
Radio Free Asia, September 5, 2019

Canada: Trudeau accuses China of using ‘arbitrary detentions’ for political ends
The Guardian, September 5, 2019

周永康之子周滨诉讼案难寻律师 (Zhou Yongkang’s son faces difficulty finding representation after 5th lawyer terminates contract)
Radio France Internationale, September 5, 2019

Human rights lawyer disappears months after release
ChinaAid, August 30, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China releases a movie drama featuring its belt-and-road project
The Economist, September 5, 2019

China’s Hong Kong narrative is confusing its own people
Quartz, September 5, 2019

Minitrue: Do not report on withdrawal of HK extradition bill
China Digital Times, September 5, 2019

China opts for low-key coverage of Hong Kong extradition bill withdrawal
South China Morning Post, September 5, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Gay Chinese take a modest first step towards civil unions
The Economist, September 5, 2019

Hong Kongers find flickers of hope in Ukraine's Winter on Fire
Al Jazeera, September 5, 2019

Wife of lawyer under house arrest pens appeal to Merkel ahead of China trip
Radio Free Asia, September 5, 2019

Hong and Kong? Berlin’s panda cubs at centre of Chinese human rights row
The Guardian, September 5, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Hong Kong a priority for U.S. Senate Democrats, leader says
Reuters, September 6, 2019

中国精英藏富香港 “一国”与“两制”难取舍?(China’s elite with riches in Hong Kong are now caught between “one country” and “two systems”)
Deutsche Welle, September 5, 2019

China urges Canada to reflect on ‘mistakes’ but approves new envoy
Hong Kong Free Press, September 5, 2019

Maldives: US Ambassador’s scathing attack rattles China at IOC (Indian Ocean Conference)
Asian News International, September 5, 2019

Angela Merkel in China: A trip fraught with difficulties
Deutsche Welle, September 6, 2019

Senior officials concede loss of U.S. clout as Trump prepares for U.N. summit
Foreign Policy, September 5, 2019

Solomon Islands to sever ties with Taiwan, shift alliance to Beijing
Reuters, September 5, 2019

Beijing offers development fund if Solomon Islands breaks diplomatic ties with Taipei
Reuters, September 5, 2019

Local board candidate offers virtual cash credits to potential supporters on WeChat
New Zealand Herald, September 54, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

教育部科技司:校园推广人脸识别技术应谨慎,将限制和管理 (Ministry of Education warns caution regarding facial recognition technology on campus, to propose restrictions)
The Paper, September 6, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

【逃犯條例】8.31太子站真相未明 兩少女站內下跪求公開CCTV (Two young women kneel in Prince Edward MTR station requesting release of surveillance footage of Aug. 31 MTR attacks) Ming Pao, September 6, 2019

MTR decides to keep station footage for 3 years
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 6, 2019

In Hong Kong protests, China angrily connects dots back to U.S.
The New York Times, September 5, 2019

Why this bookseller is still afraid to return home to Hong Kong
Vice News, September 5, 2019

Here’s why people in Hong Kong are terrified of being extradited to China
Vice News, September 6, 2019

粉嶺嘉盛苑女子墮樓亡 逾百市民獻花悼念 (Hundreds bring flowers to estate in Fanling after 9th suicide in anti-extradition movement), September 5, 2019

何君堯指罷課等如違法 派惠州社團成員監察學校 (Legislator Junius Ho says class boycott “equal to violating the law,” sends group to monitor schools and students), September 5, 2019

As Hong Kong protesters push on, no sign of more concessions by government
The New York Times, September 5, 2019

Home of Hong Kong pro-democracy publisher firebombed
Financial Times, September 5, 2019

Joshua Wong calls for renewed campaign for fully democratic elections in Hong Kong
Radio Free Asia, September 5, 2019

The American father and son exporting tear gas to Hong Kong
BuzzFeed News, September 5, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Why the mutually assured destruction rhetoric in Hong Kong is dangerous
The Diplomat, September 6, 2019

Opinion: Hong Kong residents would rather sacrifice their future than submit to authoritarian rule
The Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2019

Hong Kong, Carrie Lam didn’t do it for you
The New York Times, September 5, 2019

Election bans must be legally justified
South China Morning Post, September 5, 2019

The Hong Kong government is as leaderless as the protesters
Foreign Policy, September 5, 2019

China has a soft-power problem: Beijing is eager to exert cultural influence, but only a free society, in open conversation with itself, can create global aspirations
Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2019

What China experts have to do to get on Beijing’s visa ‘whitelist’
Washington Post, September 5, 2019