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, February 06, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

Translation: “Wuhan Police Said Don’t Post, I Laughed With Tears In My Eyes”
China Digital Times, February 5, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese scholar blames Xi Jinping, Communist Party for not controlling coronavirus outbreak
South China Morning Post, February 6, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Coronavirus: Chinese officials warn outbreak’s epicentre faces ‘severe’ hospital bed shortage
Agence France-Presse, February 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Wuhan Communist Party official apologises for failure to provide patients treatment
South China Morning Post, February 6, 2020

Who owns the coronavirus cure? China’s move to patent Gilead’s experimental drug for the novel virus could lead to legal wrangle
South China Morning Post, February 6, 2020

U.S. clashes with China over Taiwan's place at the WHO table
Reuters, February 6, 2020

China may delay annual meeting of parliament due to virus outbreak: sources
Reuters, February 6, 2020

從武漢返鄉後,他們被洩露隱私、被警察銬走、被酒店驅趕 (Handcuffed, kicked from hotels, privacy invaded: What happens when Chinese citizens return home from Wuhan)
The Initium, February 5, 2020

China’s Schools Pledge to Do Away with Religion
Bitter Winter, February 5, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Frustration grows in China as face masks compromise facial recognition
Quartz, February 6, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

‘It’s crazy now’: Discrimination over coronavirus is worse than during SARS, says Hong Kong domestic worker activist
Hong Kong Free Press, February 6, 2020

【武漢肺炎】內地入境人士強制檢疫14日 拒全禁內地人來港 (Hong Kong authorities announce mandatory 14-dayquarantine for travelers from mainland, but refuse to impose entry-ban), February 5, 2020

【罷工第四天】員工陣線促醫管局日內談判 不排除延長罷工 (Quarantine is not banning: Hospital staff union urges authorities to commence negotiations, or strike might continue after Friday)
Stand News, February 6, 2020

【醫護罷工】4,600員工今缺勤 醫管局籲回崗位:暫停行動才有得傾 (After third day of strike, Hospital Authority says doctors and nurses "must return to posts before negotiations can begin", refuse to guarantee no reprisals), February 5, 2020

武汉肺炎:香港罢工护士的内疚、恐惧与不安 (Guilt, fear and trepidation for Hong Kong's nurses on strike)
BBC, February 5, 2020

【武漢肺炎】新系統供醫護看病人外遊紀錄防瞞報 東區急症室試行 (Hospital to test electronic system that allows doctors to check patients' travel records amidst incidents of false-reporting on travel history)
HK01, February 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Taiwan restricts Hong Kong and Macau travellers amid outbreak crisis
South China Morning Post, February 6, 2020

Commentary (评论)

WHO抗疫荒腔走板與聯合國的中共化,向世界背書並輸出「中國模式」(Endorsing and exporting the "China model": The laughable outbreak responses of WHO and the sinicization of the United Nations)
The News Lens, February 6, 2020

The Subtle Muckrakers of the Coronavirus Epidemic
The New York Times, February 6, 2020