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, February 04, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

China accuses Pompeo of 'slander' over Xinjiang comments
Channel News Asia, February 4, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese Officials Can’t Help Lying About the Wuhan Virus
Foreign Policy, February 3, 2020

一场疫情 能促生中国的新闻自由吗? (Can a coronavirus outbreak be the catalyst for press freedom in China?)
Radio Free Asia, February 3, 2020

Chinese Student Detained For Tweets He Made In Minnesota
SupChina, February 3, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

The workers striving behind the scenes to combat the coronavirus in Wuhan
China Labour Bulletin, February 4, 2020

Women’s Rights Advocate Calls Out Sexist Coverage Of Wuhan Outbreak In Chinese Media
SupChina, February 3, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Coronavirus: China revives output of medical supplies but shortages persist on front line
South China Morning Post, February 4, 2020

Chinese woman detained for hiding virus contact - Xinhua
Reuters, February 4, 2020

More surveillance, tighter controls: China's coronavirus crackdown
The Guardian, February 3, 2020

Coronavirus: China dismisses officials after boy with cerebral palsy dies while father quarantined
Independent, February 4, 2020

Taiwan calls China 'vile' for restricting island's access to WHO on coronavirus
Reuters, February 4, 2020

Shut out of WHO, Taiwan faces flight bans, delays in virus updates
Reuters, February 3, 2020

China says it shared 'latest information' with Taiwan about coronavirus outbreak
Channel News Asia, February 3, 2020

‘More Than Outraged’: Chinese Citizens Are Getting Angry About Beijing's Handling of Coronavirus
Vice News, January 31, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Artificial intelligence applications surge as China battles to contain coronavirus epidemic
South China Morning Post, February 4, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms first virus death as hospital strike enters second day
Independent, February 4, 2020

Hong Kong Tightens Border as Medical Workers Call for Shutdown
The New York Times, February 3, 2020

Coronavirus: top Hong Kong medical school chief questions government response to health crisis
South China Morning Post, February 4, 2020

逃兵還是抗爭者?罷工香港醫護到底在爭取什麼 (Fighters or deserters? What Hong Kong's medical workers want from strike)
The Initium, February 3, 2020

醫管局稱約 4400 醫護罷工 包括 360 醫生 2500 護士 強調和員工睇法一致 (Hospital Authority announces 4,400 medical workers absent from duty in second wave of strikes)
Stand News, February 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Hong Kong faces escalated medical strike despite government move to expand border closures
South China Morning Post, February 3, 2020

【醫護罷工】向罷工員工發電郵 醫管局:促返回崗位 罷工須按法律行事 (Hospital Authority "earnestly urges" striking medical workers to return to stations, disapproves labor action "without Authority's consent")
Stand News, February 3, 2020

【武漢肺炎】林鄭月娥認採購口罩困難要「慳啲使」 官員不符內部指引不准戴 (Amid supply shortage, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says officials must meet internal guidelines before wearing face masks, demands journalists do same)
Ming Pao, February 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Carrie Lam orders Hong Kong officials not to wear masks to save stocks for medical workers
South China Morning Post, February 4, 2020

【武漢肺炎】懲教署趕製口罩加開通宵更 女囚友稱被強制加班 (Prisoner says she was forced to work overtime as Correctional Services crank up production of facemasks)
Ming Pao, February 4, 2020

‘It’s chaos’: Hong Kong’s domestic workers call for help amid coronavirus outbreak
South China Morning Post, February 4, 2020

Explainer: 7 reasons Hongkongers are angry about the gov’t response to the coronavirus
Hong Kong Free Press, February 1, 2020

Commentary (评论)

抗爭八個月了,要理解政府表面「瘋狂抗疫」之下的盤算 (8 months into protests, we must understand the schemes behind Hong Kong government's outrageous anti-outbreak measures)
Stand News, February 4, 2020

China coronavirus outbreak: the plague of fear and prejudice could be just as lethal
South China Morning Post, February 3, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak highlights cracks in Beijing’s control
Christian Science Monitor, January 31, 2020