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 30, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

Public Anger Swells Over Official Opacity On Coronavirus
China Digital Times, January 29, 2020

Minitrue: Delete Article On Economic Impact Of Who Declaring Coronavirus An “Emergency”
China Digital Times, January 29, 2020

Harvard’s Chemistry Department Chair Arrested for Lying About Ties to China’s Thousand Talents Program
The Diplomat, January 29, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Timeline: How China's new coronavirus spread
Al Jazeera, January 30, 2020

武汉肺炎:疫情从可控到失控的三十天 (Wuhan coronavirus: The thirty days it took for the outbreak to become uncontrollable)
BBC, January 30, 2020

China says will punish officials who slack off in fighting virus
Reuters, January 30, 2020


China’s Xi Jinping pledges to overcome ‘devil’ coronavirus
Financial Times, January 29, 2020

答總理「沒困難」 工人背後求助大眾 (Frontline workers in Wuhan say "no problem!" to authorities, but ask public for help)
Ming Pao, January 28, 2020

China: Respect Rights in Coronavirus Response
Human Rights Watch, January 30, 2020

Left at home for six days: disabled Chinese boy dies after carer dad and brother are quarantined for coronavirus checks
South China Morning Post, January 30, 2020

China coronavirus: WHO in uncharted territory in dealing with emergency in world’s second largest economy
South China Morning Post, January 30, 2020

US House votes to warn China against meddling in Dalai Lama succession
Channel News Asia, January 29, 2020

美眾院通過西藏法案 華:強烈憤慨 (China "outraged" at new U.S. bill on Tibet)
Ming Pao, January 30, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

不顾美国警告 英国允许华为有限度参与5G (U.K. allows Huawei to play "limited role" in constructing country's 5G network amidst warnings)
Deutsche Welle, January 28, 2020

U.K. Will Allow Huawei To Build Part Of Its 5G Network, Despite U.S. Pressure
National Public Radio, January 28, 2020

Huawei denies German report it colluded with Chinese intelligence
Reuters, January 29, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

政府拒全面封關 醫管局員工陣線醞釀周一罷工 逾 4600 人承諾參與 (Over 4,600 medical workers vow to join strike next Monday as Hong Kong government refuses to fully close border amidst growing risk of local outbreak)
Stand News, January 30, 2020

Hong Kong unions threaten strikes in push for border closure to curb virus
Reuters, January 30, 2020

China coronavirus: Hong Kong nurses call in sick to protest government refusal to close borders
South China Morning Post, January 29, 2020

48工會聯合新聞稿:爭取政府封關 全城自我隔離 防疫罷工救港 (48 unions to stand with medical workers in planned strike to urge full border closure, with booths in communities to raise public support), January 28, 2020

17區區議會正副主席聯署表示對政府防疫措施感憤怒 (Chairs and vice-chairs of 17 District Councils co-sign statement to condemn government over poor response to coronavirus ourtbreak)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 30, 2020

China coronavirus: tensions high as thousands queue in Hong Kong desperate for masks, many leaving empty-handed
South China Morning Post, January 30, 2020

運動之傷:離家出走的年輕人、「被遺棄」的父母和新手「家長」(The trauma of a social movement: Teenagers forced to leave home, their "abandoned" parents and "newly adopted" ones)
The Initium, January 29, 2020

Hong Kong protests: five petrol bomb attacks launched against police within 24 hours
South China Morning Post, January 29, 2020

Commentary (评论)

New generation of young activists lead fight against worsening repression in Asia
Amnesty International, January 30, 2020

The Guardian view on Huawei and 5G: the risks are real
The Guardian, January 28, 2020