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.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

哈国人权组织创办人缓刑期满获自由 (Kazakh rights group founder Serikzhan Bilash released on December 30)
Radio Free Asia, January 1, 2020

China took their parents: the Uighur refugee children of Turkey
Agence France-Presse, January 1, 2020

‘The Darkness Only Deepens’: A Decade Of Stories Of Loss In Xinjiang
SupChina, January 1, 2020

Inside China's Push to Turn Muslim Minorities Into an Army of Workers
The New York Times, December 31, 2019

Xinjiang's Descent Into Darkness
Foreign Policy, December 30, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China Sentences Wang Yi, Christian Pastor, to 9 Years in Prison
The New York Times, December 30, 2019

China jails Protestant pastor Wang Yi for 9 years for 'inciting' subversion
Agence France-Presse, December 30, 2019

US calls on China to release jailed Early Rain church founder Wang Yi
South China Morning Post, January 1, 2020

China: "Appalling" jail sentence for outspoken pastor makes mockery of religious freedoms
Amnesty International, December 30, 2019

前代表律師稱王怡因講道被控煽動顛覆國家 判決不公義 (Wang Yi's former legal representative calls Wang Yi’s incitement conviction—for preaching— unjust)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 30, 2019

Five Chinese human rights lawyers, activists detained after secret gathering
South China Morning Post, January 1, 2020

Urgent Action: China Must Release Activists/Lawyers Detained for Peaceful Assembly
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, January 2, 2020

川維權律師來港受阻被拘 (Sichuan rights lawyer prevented from going to Hong Kong, then taken from his home; peers worry recurrence of 709)
Ming Pao, January 2, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

China internet: Top talking points of 2019 and how they evaded the censors
BBC, December 31, 2019

"脸书"防范台湾大选假新闻侵蚀社媒平台 (Facebook prepares to combat fake news from mainland in upcoming Taiwan presidential elections)
Voice of America, December 30, 2019

Facebook to set up 'war room' in Taiwan ahead of elections
Taiwan News, December 31, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

人权律师团发表新年献词 形容中国人权大溃烂大倒退 (In new year speech, Chinese human rights lawyers slam "big erosion and setback" in human rights in China)
Radio Free Asia, January 2, 2020

做好准备,迎接未来 ——中国人权律师团律师2020年新年献辞 (Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Group 2020 new year address)
Independence Chinese Pen Centre, January 1, 2020

Twelve works of art that chart the emotional upheavals of the Hong Kong protests
Quartz, December 31, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

External forces targeting Macau as well as Hong Kong, Chinese official says
South China Morning Post, January 2, 2020

Taiwan president’s New Year address defends law aimed at Beijing influence
South China Morning Post, January 2, 2020

China’s Monumental Year
Foreign Policy, January 1, 2020

中国治藏新模式:思想管控对抗宗教影响 (New mode of Chinese governance in Tibet: Using thought control to combat religious influence)
Radio Free Asia, December 31, 2019

'China has a grand, strategic plan. We don't': how Djibouti became a microcosm of Beijing's growing foothold in Africa
South China Morning Post, December 31, 2019

China Convicts 3 Researchers Involved in Gene-Edited Babies
The Diplomat, December 31, 2019

China jails 'gene-edited babies' scientist for three years
BBC, December 30, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong in New Year's Day protests: police
Reuters, January 2, 2020

【有殺錯無放過】星島:警採新戰略極速大圍捕 部分人或不涉案 (Swift, mass-scale arrests a new tactic by police, sources say; officer admits rounding up non-suspects)
Stand News, January 2, 2020

銅鑼灣大圍捕 警擴大封鎖範圍阻拍攝 記協批如同新聞封鎖 衝擊新聞自由底線 (Hong Kong Journalist Association slams kettling operation in mass-arrest in Causeway Bay as tantamount to news blockade)
Stand News, January 2, 2020

A million attend pro-democracy demo, say organisers, as Hong Kong police halt protest early amid vandalism, tear gas
Hong Kong Free Press, January 1, 2020

‘Resist tyranny, join a union’: Huge turnout as Hongkongers hit the streets for New Year’s Day protest
Hong Kong Free Press, January 1, 2020

屯門假「便衣警」警署附近截查市民 六旬男遭搶走21萬現金 (Robbers posing as plainclothes police officers stop and search citizens near police station, fleeing with 210,000 HKD in cash)
Ming Pao, January 2, 2020

Hong Kong protests: lawmakers and leaders from 18 countries urge Carrie Lam to set up independent panel to probe police conduct
South China Morning Post, January 1, 2020

警拘 5 人涉協助暴動 指使用非法無線電發布警方布防資訊 (Police arrest five on charges of aiding rioting after they used radio to broadcast information of police front line)
Stand News, January 1, 2020

Education Bureau says it needs to act against Hong Kong teachers found guilty over protest-related misconduct to ensure students’ interests and defend the image of the profession
South China Morning Post, January 2, 2020

Hong Kong education chief warns principals may be fired if they support teachers under investigation over protests
Hong Kong Free Press, December 30, 2019

Interview: Hong Kong: reporter blinded covering protests on her bid to sue police
The Guardian, December 31, 2019

天水圍6男女貼文宣被圍捕 孕婦跪地嘔吐未獲即時送院 (Police arrest six in Tin Shui Wai for posting on Lennon Wall, make pregnant woman vomiting from forced kneeling wait hours for medical treatment )
Ming Pao, December 31, 2019

Crossing the line: Off-duty police officer, paramedic wade into tear gas to aid injured Hong Kong protesters
South China Morning Post, December 30, 2019

Hong Kong inmates need better living conditions and complaints system before ‘smart prisons’, human rights group says
South China Morning Post, December 30, 2019

Hong Kong’s police were once revered. Now they’re just a blunt tool, ex-cop says
Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Interview with Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute: Hon Kong's civil polls might be facing censorship)
The Initium, January 2, 2020

「黃色經濟圈」轉型建基於產業廣泛化 (Expansion of "Yellow Economic Circle" in Hong Kong hinges on diversification)
Stand News, January 1, 2020

Equality watchdog chief’s words on same-sex marriage point to inaction and deference to discrimination
Hong Kong Free Press, January 1, 2020

Hong Kong’s Looming 2047 Question
The Diplomat, January 1, 2020