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, December 13, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

新疆伊犁土政策 哈萨克族不得出售房屋 (Kazakhs in Xinjiang cannot leave despite increased visa approvals from Kazakhstan, because China will not let them sell their property)
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

疑发表涉港言论 《零八宪章》签署者杨立才遭刑事拘留 (Artist Yang Licai, signatory of Charter 08, detained over comments on Hong Kong)
Radio Free Asia, December 12, 2019

Chinese policeman detained for five days after video of assault on girlfriend goes viral
South China Morning Post, December 12, 2019

Associated Press honours journalist executed in 1951 by Chinese officials
Associated Press, December 12, 2019

Guangzhou hosts global lawyers forum amid ongoing “war on law”
China Digital Times, December 12, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese-built dam projects failing on environmental standards, green group International Rivers warns
South China Morning Post, December 13, 2019

China's top diplomat blames US 'paranoia' as ties unravel
Al Jazeera, December 13, 2019

China defends record on International Human Rights Day
China Digital Times, December 10, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China's AI Unicorns Can Spot Faces. Now They Need New Tricks
Wired, December 12, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Thousands attend memorial service in Hong Kong for student Chow Tsz-lok, who died after car-park fall near police dispersal operation
South China Morning Post, December 12, 2019

【悼念周梓樂】警截查黑衣市民ㅤ人權監察:騷擾祭祀活動ㅤ超越道德底線 ("Beyond immoral," criticizes Human Rights Monitor as police harass citizens queuing to pay respects to Chow Tsz-lok)
Stand News, December 12, 2019

警察半年OT袋9.5億 民主派首引用傳召權力傳召警務處處長 (Police department paid almost HKD 1 billion for overtime pay in past six months, pan-Dems to summon police commissioner), December 13, 2019

Hong Kong police paid HK$950m in overtime since June, averaging $86,000 per officer
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2019

IPCC findings 'nothing but police press briefings'
The Standard, December 13, 2019

Hong Kong protesters mark six months since pivotal clash with police
Reuters, December 12, 2019

612半周年 集會者稱「催淚彈味道揮之不去」 寫聖誕卡向在囚示威者送暖 ("I can still smell the tear gas": Over 40,000 rally at Central on half-year anniversary of 6.12)
Ming Pao, December 12, 2019

Christmas cards collected for jailed Hong Kong protesters
Associated Press, December 12, 2019

數百中學生集會 中二男生:堅持走出來直到勝利 教師:以年輕人為榮 ("Until we win": Secondary school students rally in Tuen Mun to show support for arrested fellow classmates)
Stand News, December 12, 2019

涉病房施虐 3警員今改控公職人員行為失當罪 轉介區院處理 (Three police officers who tortured elderly man in ward charged with misfeasance in public office, case to be transferred to District Court), December 12, 2019

Hong Kong Justice Sec. Teresa Cheng says Chinese officials paid her close attention during medical treatment
Hong Kong Free Press, December 12, 2019

Hong Kong protests in pictures: 6 months of anger, tear gas and clashes
Channel NewsAsia, December 10, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Is Violence in Hong Kong’s Protests Turning off Moderates?
China File, December 11, 2019

【訪問】韓國公民人權律師訪港 震驚港警實彈射示威者 憂警權過大欠制約 (Korean human rights lawyer visits Hong Kong: Shocked at life-rounds, concerned by unrestrained police powers)
Stand News, December 13, 2019

As a Disorienting Decade Closes, a Perilous One Begins
The New York Times, December 13, 2019

HKFP Lens: Illuminate Hong Kong highlights the delicate intimacy of a city in turmoil
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2019

A truly independent inquiry into police conduct is best way forward
South China Morning Post, December 12, 2019