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, September 18, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

As China sway grows, U.S. to confront it on Uighur issue at U.N. gathering
Reuters, September 17, 2019

5 rights groups urge UN chief to condemn China over Muslims
Washington Post, September 17, 2019

五家人权组织督促联合国秘书长就穆斯林问题谴责中国 (Human rights organizations urge UN Secretary-General to condemn China on Xinjiang’s camps)
Voice of America, September 18, 2019

UN chief should denounce China’s abuses in Xinjiang, publicly call for closing detention camps
Human Rights Watch, September 17, 2019

Uyghur businessman remains jailed eight months after “terrorism” conviction reversed on appeal
Radio Free Asia, September 17, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

家属呼吁中共当局:让唐荆陵完全自由 (“Let Tang Jingling be fully free”: Family of rights lawyer calls on authorities to cease restrictions on his movement)
Radio Free Asia, September 17, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China’s young climate heroes fight apathy, and the Party line
The Guardian, September 17, 2019

China’s non-state universities: What it takes to succeed
The Diplomat, September 17, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

With Terry Gou out of Taiwan’s presidential race, chance for KMT to regain power improves, analysts say
South China Morning Post, September 18, 2019

Taiwan’s defense strategy doesn’t make military sense: But it does make political sense
Foreign Affairs, September 17, 2019

New bill threatens sanctions for Chinese officials interfering in selection of Dalai Lama
Radio Free Asia, September 17, 2019

干預達賴轉世中國官員 美國會推援藏法案制裁 (US Congress to push new bill to sanction Chinese officials interfering with Dalai Lama reincarnation)
Ming Pao, September 18, 2019

U.N. Security Council overcomes Chinese veto threat to renew Afghanistan mission
Reuters, September 17, 2019

Xi calls for remembering where “red political power” comes from
Xinhua, September 17, 2019

China pushing ahead with controversial corporate social credit rating system for 33 million firms
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Researchers warn of increased China-style AI surveillance
Al Jazeera, September 18, 2019

报告:全世界的AI监控升级 (Report shows global increase in AI surveillance technologies following China’s lead)
Voice of America, September 18, 2019

Facing US ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor
The Diplomat, September 18, 2019

Vietnam gains ground in shift from China
Financial Times, September 17, 2019

How China’s surveillance state was a mirror to the US for whistle-blower Edward Snowden
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

‘Black Blorchestra’ crew behind music video of protest anthem ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ voice fears about being identified
South China Morning Post, September 18, 2019

China warns against efforts to ‘disrupt Hong Kong with foreign support’ after activists testify before US Congress
South China Morning Post, September 18, 2019

Carrie Lam says sanctions won’t help Hong Kong as Joshua Wong meets Congress
Bloomberg News, September 16, 2019

香港示威中屡成目标的港铁: 从国际“样本”到被封“党铁” (From international example to “CPC railway”: How Hong Kong’s MTR became a target in protests)
BBC, September 18, 2019

有網站張貼記者「起底」資料 記協強烈譴責促私隱署嚴肅跟進 (Hong Kong Journalists Association condemns doxxing of reporters)
Ming Pao, September 18, 2019

【專訪】「手語哥哥」反送中 黃耀邦和聾人們的無聲抗爭 (Signers in anti-extradition movement: The soundless fight of Jason Wong and hearing-impaired protesters)
Stand News, September 18, 2019

何君堯發起 9.21 清理連儂牆 稱目標號召 3 萬人 籲內地同胞也參與 (Legislator Junius Ho calls on mainlanders to “clear Lennon Walls” at 90 locations on September 21)
Stand News, September 18, 2019

Democrat says ‘modified’ fire dep’t logbook on Aug 31 MTR incident raises questions over injury numbers
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2019

【捉鬼?】匿名員工記者會爆 8.31 料期間 消防調派通訊組致電休班人員 要求確認位置 (Fire Services Department called off-duty officers to “confirm their location” during press conference on modified logbooks; criticized as witch hunt of whistleblowers)
Stand News, September 17, 2019

As China’s National Day approaches, Hong Kong protests cast a shadow
Christian Science Monitor, September 17, 2019

War at the dinner table: Hong Kong families divided over protests
Agence France-Presse, September 17, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Taiwan’s loss of one more diplomatic ally to China: my thoughts on how Taiwan can strengthen its ties with the outside world
Jerome A. Cohen, September 18, 2019

The Chinese Communist Party wants it all: China’s use of sharp power could shatter East Asia
Foreign Policy, September 17, 2019