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, January 15, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

威脅傷害新疆家人 世維會主席稱遭噤聲 (Family members of Xinjiang chief, Shohret Zakir, threaten harm to family members of Dolkun Isa, president of World Uyghur Congress, if Isa continues to criticize Zakir for complicity in war crimes against Uyghurs.)
Ming Pao, January 15, 2020

Chinese Government Threatens, Intimidates And Slanders WUC
World Uyghur Congress, January 13, 2020

China fears CAA could have repercussions in Xinjiang
The Hindu, January 13, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Court in Beijing Hears Lawsuit From Evicted Family of Rights Lawyer
Radio Free Asia, January 14, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

Freedom House calls for oversight on China's efforts to influence media abroad
Reuters, January 15, 2020

自由之家:中共正扩大在全球的媒体影响力 (Communist Party of China is broadening influence on media worldwide, Freedom House warns)
Voice of America, January 14, 2020

赴武漢醫院採訪肺炎疫情 無綫等港媒遭公安扣查 要求刪除攝錄片段 (Public security detain Hong Kong journalists reporting in Wuhan, demand deletion of footage taken inside hospitals)
Stand News, January 14, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Students At China’s Top Art School Demand Sacking Of Professor Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
Sup China, January 14, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

'Existential threat': Report warns on China risk to human rights
Al Jazeera, January 14, 2020

China Uses Growing Clout to Stifle Critics Abroad, Rights Group Says
The New York Times, January 14, 2020

Chinese Government Poses Global Threat to Human Rights
Human Rights Watch, January 14, 2020

China is blaming everyone but itself for Taiwan’s presidential election result
Quartz, January 14, 2020

China needs to show Taiwan respect, says president
BBC, January 14, 2020

State Media Outlines Eight Key Missions for State-owned Enterprise Reforms in 2020
China Banking News, January 13, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Johnson: Huawei critics 'must tell us what's the alternative'
The Guardian, January 14, 2020

United States presents Britain with fresh intelligence on Huawei risks in last-ditch attempt to block deal
The Telegraph, January 13, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s ‘yellow economy’ rewards protester-friendly businesses
Agence France-Presse, January 15, 2020

Hong Kong police consider arming officers with electroshock devices and net guns amid protests
South China Morning Post, January 15, 2020

Hong Kong police defuse pipe bomb, arrest four for manufacturing explosives
Reuters, January 14, 2020

大律師公會再促設獨立委員會 徹查 7.21、8.31等事件 建議由終院法官任主席 (Hong Kong Bar Association issues public proposal to Chief Executive, renews call for independent commission of inquiry and offers suggestions)
Stand News, January 14, 2020

Hong Kong Bar Association offers city leader Carrie Lam blueprint for independent inquiry into protests
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2020

Letter to Chief Executive dated 14 January 2020 and Paper on the Establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the Social Unrest in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Bar Association, January 14, 2020

港大將啟動審理解除教席 師生校友明日集會聲援戴耀廷 抗議程序不公 (Students and alumni to rally in support of Benny Tai, criticize procedural injustice as HKU management set to commence hearing to review tenure)
Stand News, January 14, 2020

District councillors slam Hong Kong minister over refusal to halt work on controversial HK$50 million musical fountain
South China Morning Post, January 14, 2020

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

Commentary (评论)

政府無法無天是社會亂象的根源 (Government impunity is the source of Hong Kong's turmoil), January 15, 2020

大選人潮中的香港示威者:我不值得這種自由和平靜 (Hong Kong protester in Taiwan: "I don't deserve this freedom and peace")
The Initium, January 14, 2020

Listening should be first job for Beijing's new man in Hong Kong
Nikkei Asian Review, January 14, 2020

Why Aren’t More Countries Confronting China over Xinjiang?
China File, January 14, 2020