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.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uighurs fleeing persecution in China risk losing family back home
Agence France-Presse, September 28, 2019

China’s might prevents Muslim nations from criticizing it, Mahathir says
Radio Free Asia, September 27, 2019

China on the offensive about Xinjiang – raises issue at U.N.
SupChina, September 25, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Wendell Brown home after three years in Chinese prison
SupChina, September 29, 2019

Calls for torture investigation after death of activist
China Digital Times, September 27, 2019

Yang Hengjun: detained blogger is being shackled in chains and interrogated
The Guardian, September 27, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Hong Kong is winning the global public-opinion war with Beijing
The Atlantic, September 29, 2019

China stirs up patriotism by sending tourists to Mao’s old haunts
Bloomberg, September 29, 2019

US’ revised Hong Kong democracy bill targets Chinese state media over ‘harassment’ of protesters
South China Morning Post, September 28, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Anti-authoritarianism rallies to be held in 40 cities globally in support of Hong Kong protest movement
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2019

【不斷更新】港網民發起全球反中共極權遊行 24 國 65 城市響應 (65 cities in 24 countries join global “anti-totalitarianism” march in support of Hong Kong)
Stand News, September 29, 2019

Singer attacked with paint at pro-Hong Kong democracy rally in Taiwan
Reuters, September 29, 2019

Press freedom watchdog dismisses China’s ‘70 Years of Progress on Human Rights’ as ‘smokescreen’
Global Voices, September 29, 2019

For its 70th anniversary, the Chinese regime disguises as a champion of human rights
Reporters Without Borders, September 26, 2019

【習權統治】中國學聯涉干涉言論自由 遭加拿大大學取消 (McMaster University student union disqualifies Chinese student organization for interfering with freedom of speech; Chinese consulate expresses “regret”)
Apple Daily, September 28, 2019

YouTube pulls down video spoof of protest anthem ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ over copyright infringement accusations
South China Morning Post, September 28, 2019

China: citizen-journalist serving life imprisonment nominated for top human rights award
Reporters Without Borders, September 27, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Tanks, missiles and no pigeons: China to celebrate 70th birthday of the People’s Republic
The New York Times, September 30, 2019

Chinese national day a clash of grand narratives
Financial Times, September 30, 2019

Chinese leaders can’t control the weather for their big 70-year bash. But they’re still trying.
Washington Post, September 27, 2019

China’s government, turning 70, tells its story at the UN
Washington Post, September 27, 2019

China women still battling tradition, 70 years after revolution
Al Jazeera, September 29, 2019

Xi presents awards to 'heroes' and 'old friends' of China
Agence France-Presse, September 29, 2019

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong sends list of potential sanctions targets sent to US congressional body
Hong Kong Free Press, September 28, 2019

Pressure on “unruly” Catholics rises amid Hong Kong protests
Bitter Winter, September 28, 2019

Rights official voices concerns over housing construction ‘for Chinese’ in Cambodian SEZ
Radio Free Asia, September 27, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Headlines from China: Is Chinese social media becoming a better place for YouTubers to thrive?
China Film Insider, September 27, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Labour Party member’s hands broken in attack
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 29, 2019

‘My guard was down’: Hong Kong pro-independence leader Andy Chan attacked in street by masked men
Hong Kong Free Press, September 27, 2019

【睇片】5 口罩男毁炮台山連儂牆 水喉通追打市民 警指一人傷暫未拘人 (Masked men tear down Lennon Wall at Fortress Hill, beat residents with PVC pipes; no arrests made)
Stand News, September 29, 2019

【逃犯條例】瑪麗醫院一醫生金鐘被捕 醫管局:未掌握資料不評論 (Public hospital doctor arrested while giving medical attention at protest frontline, Hospital Authority declines to comment)
Ming Pao, September 29, 2019

Indonesian journalist demands answers after she was shot in the face with non-lethal round by Hong Kong police officer
South China Morning Post, September 30, 2019

【逃犯條例】社總會長:許麗明被捕6小時才能見律師 未知會否被起訴 (Social worker arrested at frontline, denied access to lawyer for 6 hours)
Ming Pao, September 30, 2019

【逆權運動】疑似唐氏患者遭速龍警制服 嚇至跪地求饒 社工欲協助被阻 (Passer-by with downs syndrome subdued by riot police, denied help from social worker)
Apple Daily, September 30, 2019

Hong Kong protesters march against 'totalitarianism'
Deutsche Welle, September 29, 2019

In pictures: Water cannon, tear gas and Molotovs as police and protesters clash in high-speed Hong Kong Island chase
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2019

【929 衝突】醫管局:48 受傷 1 人嚴重 印尼女記者東區醫院眼科病房留醫 (48 injured, 1 in serious condition after protests on Sept. 29)
Stand News, September 30, 2019

‘We are back’: Hong Kong protesters recreate pro-democracy ‘Lennon Wall’ on 5th anniversary of Umbrella Movement
Hong Kong Free Press, September 28, 2019

'Hong Kong can't go back to normal': protesters keep Umbrella spirit alive
The Guardian, September 28, 2019

Police round up protesters on Hong Kong Island after rally, as fight breaks out at pro-democracy message board
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2019

‘If we lose, Hong Kong will become Xinjiang’: The Umbrella Movement generation, five years on
Agence France-Presse, September 27, 2019

Thousands rally to support Hong Kong protesters who allege police torture at controversial detention near China border
Hong Kong Free Press, September 28, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought Xi Jinping’s approval to formally withdraw extradition bill that triggered anti-government protests
South China Morning Post, September 28, 2019

Hong Kong protests: plan mulled to partially cancel district council elections if polling stations targeted, as Joshua Wong announces candidacy
South China Morning Post, September 28, 2019

Academic Dan Garrett banned from Hong Kong after testifying on city’s rights situation in US
Hong Kong Free Press, September 28, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Why claims that Hong Kong protesters support escalating violence could be wrong… and dangerous
Hong Kong Free Press, September 30, 2019

PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson should read human rights treaties China has ratified
Jerome A. Cohen, September 30, 2019

Beijing’s latest, desperate propaganda turn to solve the ‘Hong Kong problem’
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2019

A birthday letter to the People’s Republic
ChinaFile, September 28, 2019

Soothing the anniversary blues, 5 years on: Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement was a lesson in civic engagement
Hong Kong Free Press, September 28, 2019

My World is in Your Blind Spot, a review: Artist Tenzing Rigdol’s series of burning Buddha paintings is a cry against private censorship and public indifference
Tricycle, September 27, 2019