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, November 01, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Text editor releases ‘Free Uyghur’ edition, gets swamped with Chinese spam
The Verge, October 30, 2019

Notepad++ and GitHub Are the Latest Victims of Chinese Internet Trolls
The News Lens, October 31, 2019

Male Chinese ‘Relatives’ Assigned to Uyghur Homes Co-sleep With Female ‘Hosts’
Radio Free Asia, October 31, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Justice in China is notoriously harsh, but reforms are afoot: These days courts prefer to send some convicts home
The Economist, November 2, 2019

Taiwanese court orders police to compensate injured ‘Sunflower Movement’ protesters
Agence France-Presse, November 1, 2019

“太阳花”示威者胜诉 提告者:迟来的转型正义 (Sunflower Movement activists win state compensation case for injuries suffered during forceful eviction)
Deutsche Welle, October 31, 2019

Beijing Activist Faces Indictment. The Crime Appears to Be Helping the Aged Mother of Dissident Huang Qi
China Change, October 31, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Vancouver school cancels assignment after backlash over Chinese propaganda
Globe and Mail, October 25, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China’s sanitation workers need more than just sympathy from the union
China Labour Bulletin, October 31, 2019

Protests and political tensions are diverting mainland Chinese tourists away from Hong Kong and Taiwan
Quartz, October 31, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

US bill to protect Taiwan from Chinese diplomatic pressure wins congressional committee approval
South China Morning Post, November 1, 2019

Security Firm Says Chinese Hackers Intercepted Text Messages
The Diplomat, November 1, 2019

China’s Communist Party Concludes Conclave in Strong Support of Xi
Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2019

19th CPC Central Committee concludes fourth plenary session, releases communique
Xinhua, October 31, 2019

US has woken up to how ‘truly hostile’ China is towards Western values, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2019

India, China clash over Kashmir as it loses special status and is divided
Reuters, October 31, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

This is the blacklist Apple uses to censor the internet in China
Quartz, November 1, 2019

YouTube’s algorithm apparently helped a Chinese propaganda video on Hong Kong go viral
Quartz, November 1, 2019

China’s surveillance industry plays down US blacklist at annual expo designed to showcase its technology
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

China Says It Will Roll Out ‘National Security’ Steps for Hong Kong
The New York Times, November 1, 2019

US senator introduces "Be Water" act to target govt officials
Radio Television Hong Kong, November 1, 2019

6.12暴動案 法官要求聽審市民除口罩 稱法庭是莊嚴地方 (Court judge demands audience to take off facemask during hearing for riot case), October 31, 2019

Hong Kong court grants temporary injunction against inciting violence via messaging app Telegram and LIHKG forum
Hong Kong Free Press, October 31, 2019

Hong Kong police fire tear gas to break up Halloween party protests
Reuters, October 31, 2019

Halloween in Hong Kong brings a surreal mash-up of partygoers, protesters and riot police
Washington Post, November 1, 2019

Hong Kong police arrest over 70 in Tuen Mun protest against tear gas smell
Hong Kong Free Press, October 31, 2019

解構「福建幫」:從聯誼鄉親到政治動員的鐵軍 (Breaking down the "Fujian Gang": From village social network to militia mobilized by China)
The Initium, October 31, 2019

Ex-Hong Kong leader urges domestic workers to ‘report’ employers with protest gear
Hong Kong Free Press, October 31, 2019

Meet the Spiritual Leader of the Hong Kong Protests
The Atlantic, October 31, 2019

Traditional Chinese medicine doctors are secretly helping Hong Kong protesters
Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2019

The windows of Wong Tai Sin: In a Hong Kong neighborhood, pulling back the curtains reveals a city in crisis
Reuters, October 30, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Communists are fascinated by contradictions. China faces a big one
The Economist, November 2, 2019

【蒙面法律戰】一分鐘了解緊急法及蒙面法司法覆核申請方理據 (Quick guide to the grounds for judicial review against anti-mask law), November 1, 2019

Students arrested in the protests are innocent until proven guilty. A Hong Kong that forgets this is doomed
South China Morning Post, November 1, 2019

Taiwan’s Historic Pride Parade Is Celebration For Asia And Reminder That The Fight Isn’t Over
SupChina, October 31, 2019

Replacing Carrie Lam with another puppet would be pointless. Instead, Beijing needs to loosen the strings
South China Morning Post, October 31, 2019