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 09, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

China's Actions in Xinjiang May Amount to 'Crimes Against Humanity,' Says US Rights Report
Radio Free Asia, January 8, 2020

Congress presses Trump to sanction China over human rights
Nikkei Asian Review, January 9, 2020

Congressional-Executive Commission on China: 2019 Annual Report
Congressional-Executive Commission on China, January 9, 2020

China contributes to global anti-terror cause with deradicalization efforts in Xinjiang: Foreign Minister
Sina, January 9, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

維權律師丁家喜維權人士張忠順戴振亞料遭監視居住 (Rights defense lawyer Ding Jiaxi and activist Zhang Zhongshun are feared to be under solitary residential surveillance at designated locations)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 8, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

林榮基將於3月在台北開設新銅鑼灣書店 (Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wingkee to open new "Causeway Bay Bookstore" in Taipei in March)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 7, 2020

Latent grievances erupt in massive taxi driver protests across China
China Labour Bulletin, January 6, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Taiwan's China-friendly presidential hopeful faces backlash in divided south
Reuters, January 9, 2020

China province of 80 million claims only 17 people in poverty, sparking debate about official data
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2020

Recant or die: Alleged threat to self-confessed Chinese spy Wang Liqiang
The Age, January 8, 2020

Taiwan KMT official allegedly tried to bribe Chinese spy into fake confession blaming DPP
Taiwan News, January 9, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Major TikTok Security Flaws Found
The New York Times, January 9, 2020

New Rules, Who Dis: TikTok Overhauls Its Community Guidelines
Wired, January 8, 2020

Tencent and state-owned UnionPay to merge QR code systems for mobile payments in China
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

美國國會報告批評中國侵蝕香港自治 建議執行人權法案 (U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China criticizes China's erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy in new report, urges sanctions under new act)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 9, 2020

美國會報告:港自由人權繼受侵蝕 港府:不應干預內部事務 ("Don't interfere with internal affairs," says Hong Kong government on new U.S. report slamming violation of human rights)
Ming Pao, January 9, 2020

‘Completely groundless’: Hong Kong democrat Claudia Mo slams gov’t claim protesters received foreign training
Hong Kong Free Press, January 9, 2020

李家超:相信有暴徒曾在外地受訓 每次行動都有目標及劇情 (Secretary for Security John Lee accuses protesters of having "received foreign training" because posters had different languages, protests were very organized and had clear themes)
Stand News, January 8, 2020

Ordinary laundry cycles can handle tear gas residue, says Hong Kong security chief
Hong Kong Free Press, January 9, 2020

Hong Kong police seized more than 3,700 mobile phones from protesters in space of five months and had devices broken into to read contents, security chief reveals
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2020

周梓樂逝世兩個月市民悼念 廣明苑釀衝突 警拘議員助理 (Citizens gather to commemorate Chow Tsz-lok's death; clashes break out as police clear blockade, district councilor’s assistant pepper-sprayed and arrested over straw hat "weapon")
Ming Pao, January 8, 2020

In Pictures: Clashes erupt in Tseung Kwan O as crowds mark two months since Hong Kong student’s death
Hong Kong Free Press, January 9, 2020

Hong Kong protests: teachers warned online comments are subject to regulations as education chief urges schools to suspend those arrested for serious crimes
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2020

教協眾籌一千萬支援受打壓老師 馮偉華:作為工會保護會員責無旁貸!(Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union starts crowdfunding campaign to offer legal and financial assistance to teachers facing reprisals), January 8, 2020

民政少理區議會 觀塘音樂噴泉照去 觀塘區議會民主派:極度憤怒 (Kwun Tong's Home Affairs Department to go ahead with fountain construction despite District Council motion to suspend project), January 8, 2020

Commentary (评论)

Carrie Lam is no longer Hong Kong’s real boss, but that’s less worrying than the man who now is
South China Morning Post, January 9, 2020

Taiwan’s Election Is a Referendum on Its Identity
Foreign Policy, January 8, 2020

Persecution of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang meets with silence on the arab street
Daily Herald, January 8, 2020