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, December 18, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Mike Pompeo backs Mesut Özil in criticism of China's Uighur persecution
The Guardian, December 18, 2019

Toure against Ozil’s public rebuke of China’s crackdown
Associated Press, December 17, 2019

Mesut Özil row: China's Arsenal fans burns shirts in anger at Xinjiang post
The Guardian, December 16, 2019

Indonesia Muslim groups deny China lobbying sways views on Uighurs
Reuters, December 17, 2019

Arrest of Activists in Kazakhstan Likely Linked to Criticism of Plan to Deport Chinese Nationals
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Three Tibetans Detained in China’s Gansu Ahead of ‘Sensitive’ Anniversary
Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

无国界记者:中国占全球被任意关押记者中的三分之一 (Reporters Without Borders says one third of journalists arbitrarily detained worldwide are in China)
Voice of America, December 17, 2019

RSF yearly round-up: “historically low” number of journalists killed in 2019
Reporters Without Borders, December 16, 2019

South China Morning Post reporter denied entry into Macau to cover Xi Jinping’s visit for 20th anniversary handover celebrations
South China Morning Post, December 17, 2019

Chinese 'rumors' and 'cyber armies' - Taiwan fights election 'fake news'
Reuters, December 17, 2019

Beijing censures Malaysia over fresh South China Sea claim
Reuters, December 17, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

In rural China, elderly transgender Sister Liu longs for family life
Reuters, December 17, 2019

Hundreds of Chinese citizens told me what they thought about the controversial social credit system
The Conversation, December 17, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Human rights in Hong Kong, Xinjiang raised in China-EU meeting
South China Morning Post, December 17, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Czech cybersecurity chief fired amid dispute over Huawei security threat
South China Morning Post, December 17, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Why Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp may have to get used to losing
South China Morning Post, December 18, 2019

Hong Kong protests: police commander in charge of Polytechnic University siege hits out at accusations of ‘humanitarian crisis’
South China Morning Post, December 18, 2019

【理大衝突】西九總區指揮官卓孝業:倘暴徒無後果離開 造成法治民智災難 (A "disaster for rule of law if rioters allowed to leave without consequences," says police commander in charge of PolyU siege)
Ming Pao, December 18, 2019

11.4 將軍澳警民衝突 男商人被警打爆頭縫十針 被控襲警 控方證據不足撤銷控罪 (Protester who was beaten by police officer and then charged with assaulting police officer has charges dismissed for lack of evidence)
Stand News, December 18, 2019

段崇智膺《泰晤士高等教育》年度人物 (Vice Chancellor of CUHK Rocky Tuan on list of Times Higher Education people of the year for standing with students during protest confrontation on campus)
Citizen News, December 18, 2019

People of the year: who mattered in higher education in 2019
Times Higher Education, December 17, 2019

監警會接逾1400反修例相關投訴 首階段報告不提721、831、新屋嶺 (IPCC received over 1,400 complaints related to protests by mid-December 2019, but first report to be released in late January will only provide "purely factual descriptions" of three major incidents before July 1)
Ming Pao, December 17, 2019

Hong Kong school principals’ leader wants amnesty for protest-related arrests, on both sides
South China Morning Post, December 17, 2019

Hong Kong police not obligated to show search warrant to eye injury victim while obtaining medical records, court rules
Hong Kong Free Press, December 17, 2019

驚人數字:被捕人數已高於全港監獄在囚人數 (Number of protesters arrested has exceeded current prison population), December 17, 2019

首度露餡 ! 當年港英放生緊急法的檔案啟示 (Leaked documents reveal hints on why Emergency Regulation Ordinance was not scrapped during handover), December 17, 2019

【抗暴之戰】被困醫院24天遭禁上網如坐監 理大廚房佬轟政府未審先判 (Protester-cook who stayed in PolyU during siege trapped in psychiatric ward for 24 days, denied request to check out)
Apple Daily, December 16, 2019

Hongkongers living in mainland China say safety and friendships are on the line amid protests
South China Morning Post, December 16, 2019

Commentary (评论)

當愛情路上出現了 四十八個小時的「停頓」(Police detention: A sudden 48-hour break in love)
Ming Pao, December 12, 2019

【工運要人.3】欲罷,不能?  專訪「醫管局員工陣線」籌委 ("To strike or not to strike" is not the only question: Interview with hospital staff union)
Stand News, December 17, 2019

Xi Jinping can blame his centralisation of power for a rotten 2019 – and maybe an even worse 2020
South China Morning Post, December 17, 2019