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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

吉林残障访民与外界隔绝 十个月后终获准见家属 (Jailed Jilin rights defender with disability finally sees parents after 10 months incommunicado)
Radio Free Asia, January 13, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Interview: ‘As Human Beings, Everyone Should Care About This Issue’
Radio Free Asia, January 13, 2020

HRIC note: An interview with Feroza Aziz, a 17-year-old Muslim-American high school student, who posted a 40-second video about eyelash curling on the Chinese social media app TikTok in November as a ruse to discuss China’s oppression and maltreatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority.

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Beijing says Taiwan's unification with China is 'inevitable' despite election result
The Guardian, January 14, 2020

China Tightens Grips on North Korean Defectors
The Diplomat, January 13, 2020

CCP Goes All out Forcing Catholic Clergy Into Official Church
Bitter Winter, January 13, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中國電訊宣傳片指 5G 可秒內定位億萬人臉 大媽街上掃一掃助緝匪 (A Chinese telecom company's new advertisement showcases geo-location tracking with facial recognition and 5G within seconds)
Stand News, January 13, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

China says NGO chief barred from entering Hong Kong is 'paying price' for inciting protests
Independent, January 14, 2020

Denial of Entry to Hong Kong? Our Call, Says Beijing
Human Rights Watch, January 13, 2020

恐襲、海嘯、疫潮:香港人的精神創傷禁忌 (Psychological trauma suffered by Hong Kongers similar to that of victims of natural disasters, terror attacks, or epidemics)
Stand News, January 14, 2020

理大重開須拍卡進出 學生批如監獄、不敢於飯堂進食 ("Like a prison": Students criticize new electronic gates at PolyU entrance, stay away from canteen), January 13, 2020

Hong Kong protests: High Court test for warrants that let police search phones
South China Morning Post, January 13, 2020

鄧炳強周四赴中西區議會 回應警方執法質疑 議員網上徵集問題 (Police Commissioner to attend District Council meeting for Q&A on law enforcement conduct, councilors gather questions online)
Stand News, January 13, 2020

Take ‘public interest’ into account on whether to bring cases to court, instead of just sufficient evidence, head of Hong Kong Bar Association says in speech
South China Morning Post, January 13, 2020

In Full: Hong Kong judiciary has set up ‘task force’ to deal with large number of protest-related trials, says top judge
Hong Kong Free Press, January 13, 2020

Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong pledges deeper integration with mainland China province Guangdong amid months of anti-government protests
South China Morning Post, January 13, 2020

【民間記者會】辦另類年宵 30東區黃店集合「和你宵」 消費贈印花換福袋 (Over 30 shops join protest-themed Chinese New Year markets)
Stand News, January 13, 2020

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong must heal what the protest-crisis has torn apart, not just relationships but also our minds
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2020

Capitalism and ‘Culturecide’
The New York Times, January 13, 2020

Lord Alton: Hong Kong is the new frontline of freedom
The House, January 13, 2020

Tear-Gas Gelato, Foulmouthed Mooncakes and Other Foods Fit for a Revolution
The New York Times, January 13, 2020

Do you hear the (young) people sing? How politics in Hong Kong and Taiwan show it’s time to empower the next generation
South China Morning Post, January 13, 2020